2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Introduction

Anchored by the C300, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned for 2015. For 2016, a new C450 AMG Sport replaces the C400.

The C-Class is more lovely, more charming than ever. With its striking exterior, the current C-Class might easily be mistaken for the much larger (and more expensive) S-Class sedan. Though slightly larger and a lot more luxurious than the previous generation, the C-Class remains the smallest Mercedes-Benz sedan.

The highlight of the C-Class is its interior. No competitor manages to develop the kind of luxury that exudes from the C-Class cabin. Quality of materials, fit and finish, and overall design are all class-leading.

Rivals include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Audi A4, and Infiniti Q50. Several C-Class versions are available.

The C300 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, teaming with a 7-speed automatic transmission. For most driving needs, the C300 is swift and satisfying. And, of course, the C300 yields the C-Class’s best fuel economy. It’s the only rear-wheel-drive model, as well as the only model to use regular steel springs. The C300 4MATIC is all-wheel drive.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport replaces the previous C400. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 generates 362 horsepower (up from 329 on the C400), sufficient for 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds. Adaptive controls affect the sport-tuned air suspension, steering feel, throttle input, and transmission shift timing.

Stepping higher yet on the performance scale are the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S. With its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 whipping up 469 horsepower, the C63 can reach 60 mph in 4 seconds, just one-tenth of a second slower than the 503-horsepower C63 S. Diesel and plug-in hybrid versions are coming.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the C-Class five stars overall, with four- and five-star ratings for individual tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it Good scores for frontal and side impacts.

Technology in the C-Class approaches the E-Class and S-Class in terms of safety and driver assistance. An Intelligent Drive package includes adaptive cruise control and steering assist, a stereo-camera system that aids lane-keeping, active parking assist, and a surround-view camera setup. Major options include leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, LED headlights, fragrance dispenser, panoramic sunroof, and Active Curve Illumination.

Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Options, model availability and actual dealer price may vary. See dealer for details, costs and terms.

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