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Used Car: 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Review Last Updated: 8/14/14

Test drivers said the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers a luxurious interior, a powerful available V6 engine and composed handling.

Most critics wrote that the base Mercedes-Benz C250’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides satisfactory power for highway passing, though some noted that the engine suffers from turbo lag. The C300 comes with a V6 engine, while the C350 has a more powerful V6 that test drivers said provides robust acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. The C300 comes with all-wheel drive. The high-performance C63 AMG is powered by a V8 and has a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Fuel economy for the 2013 C250 sedan is an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class as a whole but a bit lower than the fuel economy of its closest rivals. Reviewers reported that the 2013 C-Class rides comfortably. While it isn't the most agile car in the class, test drivers said the C-Class tackles corners with poise and has accurate steering and strong brakes.

The interior of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a luxurious ambiance, critics said, thanks to its graceful design and top-grade materials. Automotive journalists reported that front-seat space is generous, but rear-seat space is limited in the sedan and very cramped in the coupe. The C-Class sedan’s 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is a bit small for the class. Standard features in the 2013 C-Class sedan include a sunroof, Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, a USB connection, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping assistance. Some reviewers thought the COMAND system is intuitive, but it took others some time to learn.

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Most test drivers wrote that the 2013 Audi A4’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides lively acceleration, and they appreciated the A4's athletic handling. The 2013 A4 also gets a bit better fuel economy than the C-Class gets.

Automotive journalists agreed that the 2013 BMW 3-Series has spacious rear seats for the class, and it offers a bit more trunk space than the C-Class as well. The base 328i model has spirited acceleration, reviewers said, and its fuel economy is slightly better than that of the C250.

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