10) Mercedes-Benz CLA-class

Mercedes-Benz CLA-class

This compact luxury car has been available on the market since 2013. It was one of the few Merc models in recent years to have sold 100,000 units in its first year of production. 2017 retail prices in the US start from $32,400.

The car is distinguished by its aggressive and sporty profile, and its bold diamond-block front grille. Under the hood is a highly efficient 2.0 litre, inline four-cylinder, direct injection engine with rapid multispark ignition technology. It produces a peak output of 208 hp and automatically starts and stops to save fuel. Peak torque is 258 lb-ft and 0 to 60 mph is achieved in 6.9 seconds in the CLA250 Coupe.

Drivers can select the driving mode depending on mood. Safety features include standard radar-based active brake assist with autonomous braking to help avoid collisions with traffic in front. Blind spot and lane keep assists are available to help make highway driving easier and safer.