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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 22 32 $41,445 $45,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 19 28 $46,090 $50,100
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $55,385 $60,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 19 29 $48,210 $52,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 16 24 $57,500 $62,500
4-Door Sedan C300 Sport RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Sport 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Luxury 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,445
$31,611
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$45,050
$33,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$751 / month
$567 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Compact
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 33.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 37.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 41.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.5 88.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.0 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 4.1
Length, Overall (in) 193.1 182.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.6 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 116.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14 12.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.4 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 0.9 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - TBD - 35.5
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.5
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/55R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/55R17 P245/40R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3792 3527
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 210 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 230 @ 2600-3000 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code N52 NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 6600 228 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System EFI SMPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.71 5.10
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.75
Trans Type 8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.30 4.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.14 2.78
Trans Order Code 205 411
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.39 3.07
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.67 1.25
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Summary
Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Integral-V Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Twin-Tube Gas-Pressure Shock Absorbers Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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