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Sedan
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  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • M3 Coupe
  • Convertible
  • M3 Convertible
4dr Sdn CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
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  • 4dr Sdn Man quattro 2.0T Premium
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  • 4dr Sdn Auto quattro 2.0T Premium
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  • 4dr Sdn Man Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn Man Prestige
  • 4dr Sdn S Tronic Premium Plus
  • 4dr Sdn S Tronic Prestige
C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Luxury Sedan
  • C250 Coupe
  • C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan
  • C350 Coupe
  • C350 4MATIC Coupe
  • C63 AMG Sedan
  • C63 AMG Coupe

Prices

MSRP $32,550 $32,500 $35,350
Invoice $29,945 $30,227 $32,876
Avg. Paid $26,036 $26,503 $26,944

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.2 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.1 8.7 8.6
Performance 8.3 8.2 8.1
Interior 7.3 8.1 7.6
Operating Cost 7.4 7.5 7.4
Safety 9.1 9.2 8.8
Reliability 3.0 3.5 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Stellar handling
  • Robust acceleration
  • Good fuel economy for class
  • Top-quality interior
  • Agile handling
  • Balanced ride
  • Premium interior design
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Peppy C350 trim
Cons
  • Complicated iDrive system
  • MMI can be difficult to use
  • Rear seat can be tight
  • Tight rear seats

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Turbocharged Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 24 City / 36 Hwy 24 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.600 110.600 108.7
Length, Overall (in) 182.500 185.200 180.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.300 71.900 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.300 56.200 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3295 3505 3319

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 Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional 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 Optional Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Standard
Power Driver Mirror 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.) 96.000 91.000 88.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.300 38.600 37.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.000 41.300 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.100 55.500 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.700 37.500 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.100 35.200 33.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.100 54.300 55.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 17.000 12.400 12.4

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional
Entertainment System Optional
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 Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Heated Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional Standard
Seat Memory Standard Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Optional
Bucket Seats Optional Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag 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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/121 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 5000 211 @ 4300 201 @ 5500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 1250 - 4500 258 @ 1500 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic
Turning diameter - TBD - 37.700 35.5

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 24 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 31 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.800 16.900 17.4

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut 5-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Trapezoidal Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Transmission

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