Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Mercedes GLA Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Mercedes GLA

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the CR-V and the GLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the CR-V 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the GLA. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the GLA ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CR-V’s reliability 28 points higher than the GLA.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 7 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the GLA:

 

 

CR-V

GLA

 

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

28 city/34 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

250/Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5 Turbo/Auto

27 city/33 hwy

23 city/31 hwy

250/Auto

 

 

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

AMG 45/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda CR-V uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GLA requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GLA doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops shorter than the GLA:

 

CR-V

GLA

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the GLA (235/65R17 vs. 225/40R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 3.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8.2 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The CR-V’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8.2 vs. 5.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GLA doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The GLA doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the GLA 250 4MATIC (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 14.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GLA (105.9 vs. 91).

The CR-V has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.8 inches more rear headroom, 13.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the CR-V’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the GLA’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $180 to $2425 less than the GLA over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the GLA only retains 47.55% to 48.79%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the GLA, including $664 less for a water pump, $431 less for an alternator, $176 less for front brake pads, $182 less for a starter, $390 less for fuel injection, $205 less for a fuel pump, $215 less for front struts and $627 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $9778 to $18762 less than for the Mercedes GLA.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes GLA isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GLA isn’t in the top three in its category.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The GLA has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Mercedes GLA by almost 16 to one during 2017.

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