Indeed, our C250 needed 8. All information should be verified by an official dealership. Following a range of 2012 updates that included the addition of a four-seat C-Class coupe, the C-Class gets a more powerful V-6 in the midlevel Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 sedan for 2013. We also drove a rear-drive C350. The C-Class coupe has not been crash-tested. We put a rear-drive C250 sedan through its paces on public roads and a racetrack.
I suspect two things: One, the C-Class has two body styles and a broad range of engines, which gives shoppers a wider lineup than is available with many C-Class competitors. Sales through the first two months of 2012 outpaced all competitors, including the vaunted 3 Series — the best-selling luxury car in eight of the past 10 years. Following a range of 2012 updates that included the addition of a four-seat C-Class coupe, the C-Class gets a more powerful V-6 in the midlevel Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 sedan for 2013. The cars, all automatics, were timed with two adults onboard. That drives down monthly rates for leases, which play a huge roll in luxury-car sales. Snug Interior Sport sedans usually have snug interiors, but the C-Class sedan feels downright miniscule.
Steering and cornering improve a great deal, but the standard cuts power early and often to control pervasive understeer as the nose pushes wide. Step up to the C300 for a 248-hp V-6. Standard safety features on the C-Class include nine airbags plus the required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 250 falls a bit short of the four-cylinder 3 Series and A4, but the C350 compares more favorably to the six-cylinder competition. Despite some dental work last year, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is getting long in the tooth, with performance and space concerns that will need a full redesign to address.
For 2013, it added 20 hp and 30 pounds-feet of torque. Optional side-impact torso airbags for the backseat bring the total airbag count to 11. C-Class in the Market Despite its age and relative price, the C-Class remains popular. Passenger volume in the C-Class sedan totals a cramped 88. Send Kelsey an Hide full review.
Most C-Class sedans have Luxury or Sport layouts, the latter with a sport-tuned suspension. Competitors offer more room up front and better confines in back, and the numbers show it. In some cases pictures of various foreign models may be shown as a guide. Some competitors include a folding backseat, leather upholstery, heated seats and keyless access with push-button start as standard equipment; Mercedes-Benz charges extra for all four. As usual, Mercedes is stingy with standard features. In regular Economy or Sport mode, the transmission resists downshifting until too late.
The C250 finished midpack in our 60-mph-to-zero braking tests, but editors agreed pedal feel was as vague as a modern-art exhibit. Although every effort has been made to ensure that all such information is correct and up to date, no guarantee is provided that all such information is reliable, complete, accurate or without error. . Mercedes requires premium gas, however; some competitors merely recommend it. Competitors offer more room up front and better confines in back, and the numbers show it.
Click for a full list of safety features. The increase may sound modest, but taller drivers — and their backseat passengers — will appreciate it. Snug Interior Sport sedans usually have snug interiors, but the C-Class sedan feels downright miniscule. The gated gearshift still snakes from Park to Drive with satisfying heft, but the chintzy door locks feel cheap. Just take a close look at competing sport sedans, too; you may find a lot to like elsewhere. Passenger volume in the C-Class sedan totals a cramped 88. We put a rear-drive C250 sedan through its paces on public roads and a racetrack.
In both C-Class sedans we tested, the brake pedal felt spongy and tentative before clamping down. Two, the car has topped its class in residual values for two years running. Saddled with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive, however, the car weighs some 300 pounds more than the C250. So do the flimsy climate dials and crude sun visors. Those reasons — or others — may play into your consideration of this baby Benz. Show full review Despite some dental work last year, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is getting long in the tooth, with performance and space concerns that will need a full redesign to address.
We also drove a rear-drive C350. Its V-8 kicks out 451 hp, and an optional performance package raises that to 481 hp. Compare the 2013 and 2012 C-Class. Forward collision alert with automatic braking is optional, as are drowsy-driving detection, lane-keeping and departure warning and mitigation systems, night vision and adaptive headlights. Cabin materials are competitive overall, but other details are hit and miss. The payoff comes in ride comfort, which scores in both ride and noise isolation.