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2014 BMW 3-Series 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 Infiniti Q50
2014 BMW 3-Series 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 Infiniti Q50
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Sports Wagon
  • Wagon
  • Sports Wagon
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Wagon
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
  • RWD
  • AWD
  • RWD Premium
  • AWD Premium
  • RWD Sport
  • AWD Sport


MSRP $32,750 $35,800 $37,150
Invoice $30,130 $33,294 $34,550
Avg. Paid N/A N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 8.4 8.2
Critics' Rating 9.2 8.6 8.8
Performance 8.5 8.1 7.7
Interior 7.8 7.6 7.7
Safety 9.1 8.8 9.3
Reliability 3.5 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive handling and acceleration
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Composed ride
  • Luxurious, high-quality interior
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable and supportive front seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Some cheap materials in base models
  • Some switchgear is hard to use
  • Sluggish acceleration in C250
  • Mediocre handling for a sport sedan
  • Quirky optional adaptive steering system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Premium Unleaded V-6 3.7 L/226
MPG 24 City / 36 Hwy 22 City / 31 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 110.6 108.7 112.2
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 180.8 188.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 69.7 71.8
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 56.3 56.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3295 3428 3574

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

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


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.2 113.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.3 37.1 40.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42 41.7 44.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.7 56.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.7 36.9 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.1 33.4 35.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55 56.1
Second Hip Room (in) 52.5
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13 12.4 13.5


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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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


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



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


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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional


Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Premium Unleaded V-6
Displacement 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110 3.7 L/226
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 5000 201 @ 5500 328 @ 7000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 200 @ 1250 229 @ 2000 269 @ 5200
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.1 35.3


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 31 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.8 17.4 20


Active Suspension System Optional
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard 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.