Redesigned for 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C300 is so impressive that it scores near the top of the sports sedan segment. The new C-Class has a beautiful interior and delivers a driving experience that is close to ideal when it comes to balancing performance and comfort. Simply put: The C300 delivers the driving pleasure people expect from the brand.
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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

"It is fantastic. Awesome acceleration. I love driving this car"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"It's German. Burmester Stereo is amazing,LED headlights, I can see ants at night on the road. Fit & Finish. Love this car"

JEFFREY K., HI (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"This car deserves to be called more than just a 'C450'. It is far more than just a C300 with a bigger engine. The handling and acceleration are both like a completely different car-and a major step up. I was glad to hear that they are re-branding it as a Mercedes-AMG; that's really what it is. It makes the perfect "daily driver" for me."

DAVID W., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Car handles well. Very solid feel in all conditions, It has several levels that allow you to change from economy, to comfort, to super and super plus. This changes the speed of the vehicle and also the suspension levels. In the super sport range suspension and speed are accelerated."

PHIL Y., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I love the auto-drive assist feature--just love it on the highway. You only rest your hands on the wheels, and auto assist takes over as long as there are lines on the road. This feature also prevents one from rear-ending another vehicle as it can sense the distance between your car and the one in front. I always want this feature on any future car, That's why I lease Mercedes--to always have the latest safety features. The 4-cylinder has plenty of power, too."

STEVE R., NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"See previous remarks."

KURT B., NV (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I goes! Solid feel! Leaves everyone in dust, but does it with comfort"

ED B., FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Looks and the technology features"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"For us, this is a high-performance car, with secure sporty handling and spirited acceleration. Not quite so fond of the loud exhaust note."

DOUGLAS M., WA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The AMG tweaked suspension, engine and transmission makes this model hugely different and better than the standard C Class. It is a very fun to drive, small hot rod sedan."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"runs good got great pick up, for a 4 cyl car. ride is good"

JOHN C., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Responds well on the road, good acceleration, hand command tools are convenient."

BETTY H., AL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"My car is a C450. Power and handling are excellent and managed by a driving mode selector switch which allows you to choose a mode to match your situation"

ALFRED Z., OH (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Not at the BMW level but great for every day riding. Effortless and drama-free acceleration."

F B., OH (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Not as spirited as I would like and the 4 cylinder engine is noisy...not in a pleasant way like the 6 cylinder or a BMW"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"In sport mode, the car is an aggressive and fast. Engine is very responsive with relatively little turbo lag. Suspension is very tight and the car feels very stable and glued to the road on high speed turns. Amazing performance, and certainly better than my previous BMW 4 series X Drive, with similar engine."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Overall performance and handling"

FRANKLIN N., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Handling acceleration safety"

NICK A., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I have the semi-autonomous drive features. They take the stress out of long drives and make the car safer to drive. Very impressed by the implementation. e.g. when a car passes me and moves into my lane, my car intelligently decides whether it should decelerate or just continue to cruise at its current speed (typically when the car ahead is moving faster than me)."

STEPHEN H., ON (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Handles very weird but still comfortable"

John A., GA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Superb road handling. Very quiet interior. Excellent performance"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Acceleration is outstanding and handling is very sporty and responsive."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"This car qualifies as a true sports sedan with its responsive and strong engine, excellent steering feel and brakes. I do think the brakes are somewhat too sensitive (low pedal force). Handling inspires confidence."

Richard W., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"rapid acceleration, confident handling and excellent feedback from lane alert sensors and laser guided cruise control."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very good handling and and acceleration in Sports and Sport+ mode. Not very satisfied with comfort mode, where there is sometimes a lag before the car responds. This can be sometimes a safety issue."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Excellent. The car goes exactly where you direct it with minimal tilt and a feeling of complete control. I've been too afraid to open it up and let it really run; it has far more power than what is needed for normal driving."

Robert K., PA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Love the acceleration when in normal (C) level and acceleration is fantastic in Super level. But the Economy level is used most as the need for great acceleration is low and economy is what we use most."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Sometimes there is a lag in acceleration when going from a stopped position."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Accelerates like a scared rabbit! corners well, and over all handling is great. European suspension, so a bit tighter than what some Americans may be used to."

Cheryl H., WI (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Acceleration"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Good acceleration and handling. No problems. However, the function that shuts the engine off when stopped and starts engine when touching gas pedal is a total pain the the butt! I always turn this off when starting to drive and when shifting from one driving mode to another. As I understand it, the only way to totally disengage it causes a loss of other safety functions. My friend has the same model of MB. He dislikes this feature as well."

Rex M., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I like the way turbocharger kicks in. No lag and throws you back in your seat on hard acceleration."

Alex P., NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Compared to previous years, the driving characteristics are not quite as stable; the rear wheels can slightly fishtail on roughly paved, hard turning."

Steven L., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I am not very happy with the Perilly tires. They are expensive to replace because they are the run flat . I had a tire blow out inLos Angeles and the Mercedes dealer had the only replacement tire cost of $439.00 . The price is not worth it."

Kurt B., NV (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Excellent acceleration"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The car shifts smoothly. Acceleration is excellent and handles very well."

Frans J., FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"All 'round, the best, most responsive for in-town and highway driving."

George B., GA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Amazing acceleration and responsiveness with little turbo lag. Handling is precise and controlled."

Edward F., PA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I have a c450 with a twin turbo v6 and all wheel drive. It's got ample power with the convenience of all wheel drive, and it's easy to live with every day. I thought I wanted a bmw 340 x drive until I experienced the c450. I never looked back"

Bart S., AZ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Even though it's a 4-cylinder, the C-class has tons of acceleration and handles as well as my former BMW 5 series. It also gets great gas mileage. I love the Distronic and use it all the time to automatically stop me in traffic."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"2.0L off-the-line power is really good. Handling is among the best vehicles in this class."

Joe W., CO (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Steering, spot-on. comfort, very good. engine, all that I could want."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The AMG tweaked bi-turbo V6 is kind of the perfect engine for me. Plenty of power to feel good and have fun without being ridiculous like the AMG V8 cars. Handling with the AMG suspension is solid and confident, unlike the feel of the non AMG cars we tested."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Responsiveness, ease and dependability of performance."

Charles R., IL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"A dream to drive. Smooths out the road and eliminates road noise. Responds like a stallion when needed with no hesitation."

Thomas C., FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Great investment"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Excellent handling and very good acceleration with the turbo 4 cylinder engine. Great quality."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Smooth and rapid acceleration and excellent cornering"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Smooth, powerful, nimble, rapid stops"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Handles very well and responds to acceleration immediately."

Anonymous, RI (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"THIS MY THIRD C300 AND I LOVE THE ACCELERATION AND HANDLING."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Electronic shifting, responsive turbo, all-wheel drive are well-executed and fun to drive."

Steven L., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Great power! Handles very neutral, and is a pleasure to drive. Sport+ does a nice job of holding gear."

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Comfort, ride, sports car like driving experience. Very fun to drive. Great acceleration"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Wonderful handling. Love the options of economy, comfort, and sport mode. Rarely use sport but when needed, great! Usually I use economy on long drives, wife uses comfort. These options are excellent. Steering very responsive"

Tim F., VA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very smooth ride when set to comfort mode. Its everything that you would expect in a Mercedes Benz - Very luxurious ride. In Sport mode, its almost a different car - very stiff suspension, aggressive sounding engine, and very responsive acceleration and speed. Its like 2 cars in one."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very quiet and comfortable both in the city and highway. Front seats especially well contoured"

VERN H., KS (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I don't think the back of the front seats is shaped correctly. It feels like the middle of the seat back is too firm."

ROBERT M., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The 300 C Class is much more convenient to get in and out as it is a larger car than the C250 I previously owned. Acceleration and drive is excellent. The automatic climate control works extremely well here in Las Vegas as we get summer heat as high as 112 There is tire noise sometimes depending on the road surfaces. Seat ,very comfortable rides and always handles well. There are two things that bother me.1) No spare tire or jack as they now supply run-flat tires which are much more expensive t"

KURT B., NV (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Big reason we got the car. Quiet, very comfortable, great features. Older now, and can afford the quality."

JEFF K., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Seats are incredibly comfortable, with heat & cooling features & multiple adjustments. Cabin is extremely quiet in regards to wind,road, or mechanical noises. Even though this is a sport package model with 19" wheels, the ride is smooth and well dampened. This is my 6th new Benz and it's undoubtedly the best one yet... by far."

LELAND M., FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The drive is terrific when I put it in the sports mode. Much better than the comfort mode"

RYA R., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"All areas are very good except seats are too firm. Bought cushions to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Quality of car is more inferior than my 2012. More plastic & pleather, no spare tire. Car handles differently due to it being lighter and feels like it fish tales around corners. The contraption in the middle of console is worthless and in the way. The display showing the gear you're in is useless. I'll be driving 50 mph and you can hear the engine strain because it's in 2nd gear."

Anonymous, DC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Good size and performance at a reasonable price for aluxury car with a gorgeous interior"

David C., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very comfortable seats, with many adjustments. Steering wheel adjusts and all seats are very comfortable and offer good back support."

Cheryl H., WI (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Fully adjustable seats including thigh support extension. Firm yet comfy seats. Quiet ride, even more so on electric motor, but even engine is wuiet. Road is well isolated"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Full support of the body to include legs and thighs. Temperature control very constant"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Ride is too harsh"

Anonymous, NE (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Vehicle is awkward to enter and the seats are uncomfortable"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I was disappointed in the fit/finish of the car - the floor rug does not meet the center console on the passenger side. Road noise is also worse than I would expect from this car."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The seats are very comfortable! The ride is great except when you stop. The engine stops and restarts with a "jerk". It's not really a smooth transition."

Matt M., MA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The seats are comfortable and easily adjusted for the driver of the moment."

Howard A., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Seats very adjustable and extremely comfortable. Combined with steering wheel adjustment, placement of pedals and left foot rest long trips are not fatiguing. Ride comfort, control over rough surfaces and noise level are what I would expect from a car in this class."

Richard W., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The sun visors are too short when opened and swung to door window. I'm 5'9" and when I swing visor to cover window for sun from the side, the short visor allows sun to hit the side of my face. The last MB I had allowed the visor to slide on the visor rod to compensate for this problem. Why didn't this model have the same function. Very annoying!"

Rex M., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The car is quiet, although the engine noise level climbs under hard acceleration. I find the seats too hard to be comfortable on a long trip."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The ride is surprisingly compared to what I expected from a Mercedes-Benz."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Seats with optional upholstery are very comfortable and supportive, the car is very quiet inside and the ride with the AMG adjustable suspension can be Euro firm to very hard. It's a great little hot rod sedan!"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Materials, ergonomics,looks, and performance all among the best made."

Charles R., IL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Very user friendly.Find car to low,should be higher off the ground.Have to manouver car so that you don’t hit the bottom of car when turning right or left when driving over a raised area like a speed bump."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Not a smooth ride, feel every bump and crack in road. Feels like riding in a pickup truck."

Anonymous, VT (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"As nice as this car is, there is still 'wind' noise coming through the door windows."

Tanya P., NT (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"I got the car with 6,000 miles and the price was significantly lower than MSRP"

MICHAEL K., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"somewhat overpriced"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"There are cars equally well designed and equiped at a lower price."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Too expensive for the poor engineering of the navi system and the lack of power from a 4 cylinder engine"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"I get great gas mileage for a car this size. It is a well assembled automobile ,I get a lot of complements on it's looks. I bought a red paint job which really brings out the appearance. Very quiet interior and comfortable."

Kurt B., NV (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"It makes noise when starting the engine and shutting down. Usually when The steering wheel moves up and down.Also it comes on on the day time, when it's in the sun for 3-4 hours. Have taken to the dealer several times,they have tried to fix it but we're not able to. I have had friends sit in it and they have all remarked on the noise. After 1 year,the mirror lights were falling fromm the ceiling and a passenger side head rest had to be replaced. Major body damage in their car wash which I didn't notice when I drove out, but my family saw as I drove to see them. Not a very happy buyer after spending 50 grand on this vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"The dollar for dollar value of the 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class is unbeatable. The quality of the craftmanship and performance are unequal."

Howard A., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Costs more than most cars, but retains such a high resale value that the cost of ownership is the same as a much cheaper vehicle."

Steven L., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"A wonderful car for trips and in town. Great comfort. Cabin is too small. Need an extra 6-8 inces."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"quality is horrible total piece of xxxxx paddle shifter broken, driver side mirror vibrates, pass side door handle light is out, info screen in center of gauges go nuts if you use horn, brakes are dirty and wear quickly wipers do not work afte a dozen repairs MB has 0 care for owners terrible ownership experience MB slogan 'the best or nothing' is totally true - you get nothing"

Donald A., NJ (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Extremely satisfied with the value for my money for the Plug-in-hyrbrid C350e."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Fun to drive, comfort and "presige" on a lease that costs me $435/month with no money down are hard to beat."

Steven L., NY (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Love it...clean lines, very appealing to me"

MICHAEL K., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Overall it looks good but I'm less happy with the rear end styling."

DOUGLAS M., WA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Beautiful exterior styling and exceptionally attractive interior with very high quality materials and detailing"

ALFRED Z., OH (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"This is my 4th Mercedes and my favorite, yet it's the smallest Mercedes (C-class) in the lineup but has a large back seat and large trunk. I love the looks of the new C-class which is elegant and refined without being over the top (as in the grills on the Lexus)."

STEVE R., NC (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Beautiful car. Inside and out. Build quality is superior."

JEFF K., CA (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"One of the reasons I bought the car was because it was a relatively small car for a luxury model. Plus, I think it looks cool. Some people like the new diamond grill, some don't. I do."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Excellent styling. Classy looking car. Stands out from the Low class group of cars around $40k"

LYNN W., TX (2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

"Some aspects of its styling I really like (like the tail lights and panoramic roof), but the overall roofline is a little 'frumpy.'"

DAVID W., NJ (2016 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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