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.
Other Cars to Consider
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.