Mercedes-Benz C-Class


Current Model
The C-Class gets a major update for 2022. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets a mild hybrid setup that promises better fuel economy and quicker acceleration.
An interior upgrade puts the latest version of Mercedes-Benz's MBUX infotainment system front and center on a nearly foot-wide screen, too. Augmented video for navigation, built-in dash cameras, and toll transponders are optional, but niceties like heated seats come standard. The redesigned exterior gives the C-Class a more aggressive look. Existing advanced safety and driver convenience features get upgraded, too. All-wheel drive is optional. So far, we only know that the C300 sedan is going on sale in early 2022, but we expect coupe, convertible, and high-performance AMG models to follow.
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2021
This competitive sports sedan is enjoyable to drive and has a beautifully finished interior. The base C300 uses a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, which returned a respectable 26 mpg overall in our AWD version.
The C has quick reflexes, with prompt steering response and a comfortable ride. Inside, buyers will find comfortable, supportive seats, and an upscale and snazzy cabin with a high-quality feel. The rear seat is relatively roomy for the class. However, the complex infotainment system can be very frustrating to use. FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW are standard. Recent changes include a larger 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system. The C63 AMG version is a high-powered, track-ready performance sedan. A 2022 redesign is coming soon.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
This version of the Mercedes C-Class scored near the top of the compact sport sedan segment. Newcomers to the marque will appreciate the C300's comfort, quiet, agility and overall excellence.
Buying used, we'd look for one with a rear camera, blind-spot assist and heated seats. Another desirable feature is the panoramic sunroof. The Multimedia package includes a larger center screen and navigation system, but opting for a car with the Garmin accessory navigation upgrade and the standard screen gives you an easier-to-use interface. It also allows you to skip the Premium package, which gets really pricey for LED headlights and an upgraded audio system. A broad array of the latest driver assistance technology is offered as standard equipment, including collision prevention.
$38,200 - $91,550
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$32,250 - $82,550
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$28,500 - $74,950
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$25,875 - $65,125
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$22,475 - $47,675
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$17,850 - $44,725
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2008-2014
2008 Redesign Year
The 2008 redesign made the rear seat a bit bigger, but the cabin remained snug. The 3.0-liter V6 provides strong performance and decent fuel economy in our tests.
The C remains fun to drive, but the ride can be choppy with the sport suspension and the steering is overly light. We liked the improvements made to the C-Class when we tested a 2012 C250 with the smooth turbo four-cylinder. The Luxury trimmed car had a steady ride and agile handling, with comfortable front seats. Meanwhile, the Sport had even more cornering grip, but a stiffer ride. While better than those on most Mercedes models, some controls remain somewhat logical.
$13,025 - $32,800
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$11,575 - $29,525
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$10,000 - $27,275
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$9,825 - $22,825
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$8,625 - $19,950
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$7,850 - $18,225
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$7,025 - $17,025
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2001-2007
2001 Redesign Year
Just about every C-Class we've ever tested has been smooth, quick, quiet, and comfortable. Dynamic characteristics include agile handling, along with excellent steering and brakes.
You can also usually count on a quiet and supple ride, as well as firm but very comfortable front seats. However, our 2001 model also demonstrated frustrating ergonomic quirks, including confusing and cumbersome controls. The audio and climate systems, for instance, are confusing (although audio switches on the steering wheel help). It's also easy to hit the cruise-control lever when you reach for the turn-signal lever.
$5,700 - $7,850
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$5,175 - $9,175
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$3,350 - $6,625
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$3,200 - $5,700
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$3,025 - $5,375
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$2,975 - $5,150
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$2,900 - $3,025
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1994-2000
The C-Class is Mercedes-Benz's entry-level car. It handles responsively and has a supple, quiet ride.
The firm front seats are very comfortable. Early models were available with a choice of a supercharged four-cylinder, two V6s, or in 1998 and 1999, a powerful V8 in the C43 AMG. 
$2,900 - $4,575
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