The C300 Sport is a capable car and was more competitively priced than the 2001-2007 model it replaces. Quick and refined, braking performance is excellent, but the steering is overly light and feels out of place in a sport sedan. The taut suspension translates into a stiffer ride than many competing models.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Great riding experience, solid car"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"It's quiet, it's smooth, it handles very well, accelerates well. It's comfortable. I feel like I'm driving in a cocoon. I wish the gas mileage was better."

SANDRA T., NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The Mercedes C300 has, at least for our style of driving, a lot of power. It accelerates quickly and responsively. The steering is extremely compliant. It is the best driving and handling car we have ever owned."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"While not able to keep up with performance sedans such as the BMW M-series or AMGs, the manual six-speed transmission and the 3.0 V6 does lend a sporty feel to the car."

Marshall B., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Handling is very good and sure footed. Brakes are superb. Can handle sharp turns well and acceleration is very good. Overall a pleasure todrive."

Darryl A., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"(I just did); German engineering, is on display from the first time you press on the accelator pedal and feel the smooth acceleration, (no slam you back in the seat feeling) just a comfortable pressure of the acceleration, and the pleasure of the leather seats absorbing the G-force as you acknowledge the refinement of a Mercedes-Benz."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Handles well. Drive over mountain passes weekly all year long. 4matic is awesome in snow. Corners well, great control."

Terri T., WA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Only downside is a lag in initial acceleration."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The car is engineered very well and handles smoothly."

Anonymous, DC (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"A 451 hp BEAST! Enough said."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Able to quickly move car past slow moving vehicles on interstate"

Laura T., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very rough ride. Do not feel in control on sharp curves. Road noise is worse than any vehicle I have ever owned. Acceleration is very good. Styling inside and out is outstanding."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"handles very well ; acceleration is very good especially in sport mode"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"the car has excellent acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Some times pulling the turn signal down the widshield wipers make one pass across the windshield"

ROY L., AB (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The seats are very comfortable; however, the road noise and ride leave a little to be desired."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Comfortable seats with good lumbar support, quiet ride, stable ride, excellent handling."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Flat seats that are comfortable, support my back well and are easy to slide in and out of. Ride is very good and there are still no rattles or loose fitting parts."

David K., TX (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Ride and handling are very good. Tire/road noise is too loud. Driver legroom is cramped."

Anonymous, OH (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very comfortable car to drive. I am 6'4" and the driver's seat accommodates me well. The car is quiet and the ride is firm without being too harsh."

Marshall B., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Seats are comfortable and easily adjusted. Noise level is okay but not as quiet as some vehicles."

Darryl A., FL (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The Mercedes-Benz C-300 is just what you would expect from the iconic auto maker. The overall ride gives the driver and passengers the sense that your driving on a freshly paved road. Smooth ride, quiet and comfortable. With leather interior, impressive front and rear climate control, heated seats, multi-position sunroof, and a feeling of satisfaction with the quality of the engineering, and the experience of a great driving sedan. It's all you expect from a Mercedes and more."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Car seats too low, very hard to enter/exit vehicle Harsh ride, I am Not a fan of Low-Profile Tires"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Leg room and comfort in the rear is limited."

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Comfortable ride, little noise"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Comfortable, good power, styling,Power"

Ray F., OH (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"this car is the quietest we have ever owned and has very comfortable seats for long drives"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I believe Mercedes-Benz are one of the best cars built in the world."

TODD G., PA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Safety, comfort, pleasure to drive, love the appearance, quick dealer response when needed."

JOAN C., WA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"great car but routine service costs are out of sight. I also have the sport model and can not rotate the tires which means they need to be replaced every 20K or so. Never buy a car with different size tires front to rear. Other than that I love the car"

J M., TN (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Difficult seating, not comfortable and geared towards a shorter individual under 5'7"."

R P., TX (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Great styling"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)


THOMAS D., NJ (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very stylish."

R P., TX (2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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