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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

Auto writers say that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a stylish exterior, composed handling and a high-quality interior.

From the base C250 to the high-performance C63 AMG, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class covers a broad spectrum in terms of performance. Some test drivers say that the base C250’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides adequate power, though a few critics don’t think that it’s competitive within the class. C300 and C350 models, however, offer ample power from their V6 engines. A seven-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and most test drivers agree that it’s smooth and refined. With 22/31 mpg city/highway, the C250 earns good fuel economy within the class, though competitors like the Audi A4, BMW 328i and Buick Regal eAssist all earn slightly better estimates. Auto writers say that while some rivals have better handling than the C-Class, it’s still nimble and fun to drive. Additionally, most critics are pleased with the C-Class' comfortable, yet composed ride.

Inside, the 2013 C-Class offers a straightforward, yet elegant design that auto reviewers like. Many test drivers agree that the back seat isn’t the most spacious in the class, but passenger space up front is good and the C-Class earns positive comments for its high-quality materials and solid construction. One test driver even compares the C-Class to its significantly more expensive sibling, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Some reviewers think that the C-Class’ electronic features could be easier to use, while others say that its controls are intuitive. The C-Class comes with a nice list of standard features, though some of its options, such as leather upholstery and heated seats, can be found standard on competing cars.

  • "Within the confines of its small package, the C-Class acquits itself quite well. The C250's 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was a fine addition to the line; it's refined and makes enough power that the car is fun to drive." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Even the basic C250 sedan feels as solid and screwed together as the best S-Class. Stable and confident, the C-Class for 2013 is loaded with creature comforts and overflowing with technology." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The planted feel of the chassis, the quietness of the interior and the abundance of save-your-distracted-butt technologies make good first impressions for buyers shopping for this class of vehicle." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
  • "With this latest C-class, Mercedes has addressed the small sedan's major interior deficiencies and added a couple of compelling engine choices." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Other Cars to Consider

If you want a sportier car that has some of the most user-friendly tech features in the class, consider the Infiniti G37. The G37 is available as a sedan, coupe or convertible, and it also comes with a few more standard features. Like the C-Class, reviewers say that the G37 could use a larger back seat, but they love its powerful V6 engine and agile handling.

The Acura TL has a more spacious back seat and a larger trunk than the C-Class, and reviewers agree that the TL strikes a nice balance between comfort and sport. Although reviewers don’t consider the TL’s exterior styling attractive, it outdoes the C-Class with its numerous standard features and a strong V6 engine.

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Details: 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available as a five-seat sedan or a four-seat coupe. Four models are available: C250, C300, C350 and C63 AMG. A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission come in base C250 sedan and coupe models. C300 sedans gain standard all-wheel drive for 2013, as well as a new, more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. C350 sedans and coupes carry the same 3.5-liter V6 as last year, though all-wheel drive is now optional on the C350 coupe. An Eco start/stop system is also new for 2013, and comes standard on C300 and C350 models. High-performance C63 AMG models see few changes this year, and continue to feature a 6.3-liter V8 engine and seven-speed automated manual transmission. Since some C-Class models carry over with no major changes, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.

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