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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2011 Acura TL 2011 Audi A4
     
C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Luxury Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan
2WD
  • 2WD
  • SH-AWD
  • 2WD w/Technology Package
  • 2WD w/Technology Package and 18" Wheels
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package and Manual
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package and Automatic
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package, Manual and HPT
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package, Automatic and HPT
4dr Sdn CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Man quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn Man quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Man quattro 2.0T Prestige
  • 4dr Sdn Auto quattro 2.0T Premium
  • 4dr Sdn Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Auto quattro 2.0T Prestige

Prices

MSRP $33,990 $35,305 $32,300
Invoice $31,611 $32,857 $30,040
Avg. Paid $21,444 $20,277 $18,730

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.8 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.9 8.4 8.9
Performance 8.4 8.1 8.5
Interior 7.8 8.8 8.9
Operating Cost 7.5 7.7 7.7
Safety 8.9 10.0 9.6
Reliability 4.0 5.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good blend of performance and luxury
  • Upscale, refined interior
  • Good reliability rating
  • Athletic handling on AWD models
  • Upscale, modern interior
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Excellent safety and reliability scores
  • Balanced handling and comfortable ride
  • High-quality interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety score
Cons
  • Cramped back seat
  • Not as sporty as key rivals
  • Button-heavy center stack may be confusing for some
  • Polarizing exterior design
  • Low reliability score for the class
  • Less powerful than many rivals
  • Limited trunk space

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 3.5L/212 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy 23 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.7 109.3 110.6
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 195.3 185.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 74.0 71.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 57.2 56.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527 3721 3527

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Optional Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.2 98.2 91
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.4 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 42.5 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 58.1 55.5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 55.7 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 36.7 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 36.2 34.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 56.2 54.3
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9 54.8 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4 13.1 12.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Optional

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Optional

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.5L/212 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 228 @ 6000 280 @ 6200 211 @ 5300-6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 221 @ 2700 - 5000 254 @ 5000 258 @ 1500-4200
Transmission Manual Automatic w/OD CVT
Turning diameter 35.5 38.4 37.4

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 26 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 18.5 17.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link Double Wishbone w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link Multi-Link w/Stabilizer Bar

Transmission

Automatic Optional Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
7-Speed Automatic Optional
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.