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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 C300 sedan AWD Automatic
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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, 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, you'll find an upscale and snazzy cabin with a high-quality feel, but the complex infotainment system takes time to master. Semi-autonomous highway steering is optional, and automatic emergency braking is standard. The rip-roaring C63 AMG gets a 469-hp twin-turbo V8 in standard form or 503-hp in the S version. Additional variants include a C350e plug-in hybrid and the C43 AMG with a 3.0-liter turbo V6.
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2015 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 AMG C63 Cabrio
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $30,700 - $37,325 $26,640 - $32,890
2016 $25,650 - $57,600 $21,910 - $51,550
2015 $22,750 - $54,575 $19,220 - $48,875
2008 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014 Trim Shown: 2014 C250
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $17,450 - $39,450 $14,150 - $35,000
2013 $14,550 - $32,550 $11,410 - $28,450
2012 $12,150 - $30,425 $9,040 - $26,200
2011 $11,000 - $24,850 $7,885 - $20,860
2010 $10,150 - $21,700 $7,050 - $17,825
2009 $9,075 - $20,100 $6,010 - $16,320
2008 $8,250 - $18,750 $5,220 - $14,975
2001 Redesign Year
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 Trim Shown: 2007 4MATIC Sedan
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 $5,500 - $6,800 $2,705 - $3,905
2006 $4,750 - $9,950 $2,055 - $6,755
2005 $4,050 - $7,325 $1,490 - $4,360
2004 $3,675 - $6,325 $1,160 - $3,440
2003 $3,450 - $5,625 $990 - $2,775
2002 $3,175 - $5,250 $970 - $2,695
2001 N/A N/A
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 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. 
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2000 N/A N/A