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Compass A u to INVIGORATING SEDAN To some, making the transition from a sportscar to a four-door sedan is akin to admitting one has achieved middle age. Mercedes’ CLA is a sedan that lets you keep telling yourself you are “30-ish.” TEX T BY BILL LINDSEY P H O T O S CO U R T E S Y O F M E R C E D E S - B E N Z Most 4-door sedans don’t exactly shout “excitement” but the Mercedes-Benz CLA is a notable exception. The exterior lines are classic MB as is the lush, well-appointed interior that features comfortable accommodations for 4, even on extended road trips. The 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and 7-speed transmission deliver impressive 26/38 mpg city/highway fuel economy with kickbutt throttle response. Want more performance? Opt for the AMG all-wheel drive version that allows the CLA to effortlessly glide through the tightest curves like a skinny snake. Notable features include a panoramic moonroof, rearview camera, adapative cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control and blind spot, parking & lane-keeping assist as well as navigation with a 7-inch display screen, a Harman/Kardon audio system, satellite radio, a 6-disc CD/DVD changer and iPod connectivity; Starting at $29,900; 40