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C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Sport Sedan
  • C250 Luxury Sedan
  • C250 Coupe
  • C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Luxury Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan
  • C350 Coupe
Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible

Prices

MSRP $32,500 $34,800 $34,900
Invoice $30,227 $32,364 $32,110
Avg. Paid N/A $25,613 $26,963

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.5 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.5 9.1 9.6
Performance 8.2 8.3 8.6
Interior 8.1 7.7 7.6
Safety 10.0 9.7 9.6
Reliability 3.5 4.0 3.0
Operating Cost N/A 7.6 7.3

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • High-quality interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Balanced handling
  • Exceptional safety score
  • Powerful engine in C350  
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Premium interior materials
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Superb handling
Cons
  • Less powerful than some rivals
  • Few standard features
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Small trunk in sedan
  • Unintuitive navigation system
  • Leather isn’t standard

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/121 Turbocharged Gas I4 1.8L/110 Turbocharged Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 24 City / 31 Hwy 21 City / 31 Hwy 23 City / 34 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.600 108.7 110.6
Length, Overall (in) 185.200 180.8 182.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.900 69.7 71.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.200 56.3 56.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3505 3319 3406

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 Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Start Optional Standard
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 Optional Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard Optional
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 Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard 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.) 91.000 88.0 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 38.600 37.1 40.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.300 41.7 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.500 54.7 55.1
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.500 36.9 37.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.200 33.4 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.300 55.0 55.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.400 12.4 17.0

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 Standard Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard 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 Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard Standard

Seats

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

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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional 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/121 1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 211 @ 4300 201 @ 5500 240 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 258 @ 1500 229 @ 2200 - 4300 255 @ 1250 - 4800
Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic Manual
Turning diameter 37.700 35.5 - TBD -

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 31 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.900 17.4 15.8

Suspension

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

Transmission

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