Compare 2012 Cadillac CTS vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Cadillac CTS
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD 16 26 $33,939 $35,915
2-Door Coupe RWD 18 27 $36,585 $38,715
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD 18 27 $36,869 $39,015
4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD Luxury 16 26 $36,902 $39,050
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD 18 27 $36,963 $39,115
2-Door Coupe AWD 18 27 $38,381 $40,615
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD 18 26 $38,664 $40,915
5-Door Wagon 3.0L RWD Luxury 18 27 $39,831 $42,150
4-Door Sedan 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 27 $39,926 $42,250
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Performance 18 27 $39,964 $42,290
2-Door Coupe RWD Performance 18 27 $41,532 $43,950
5-Door Wagon 3.0L AWD Luxury 18 26 $41,627 $44,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Performance 18 26 $41,759 $44,190
2-Door Coupe AWD Performance 18 27 $43,328 $45,850
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Performance 18 26 $43,555 $46,090
2-Door Coupe RWD Premium 18 27 $45,501 $48,150
4-Door Sedan 3.6L RWD Premium 18 27 $45,634 $48,290
5-Door Wagon 3.6L RWD Premium 18 26 $47,013 $49,750
2-Door Coupe AWD Premium 18 27 $47,297 $50,050
4-Door Sedan 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $47,429 $50,190
5-Door Wagon 3.6L AWD Premium 18 26 $48,809 $51,650
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,939
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,915
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$599 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 88.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
113.4 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
191.3 180.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.6 12.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.0 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.26 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Yes 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.5
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
QCH NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3858 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
270 @ 7000 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
SIDI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
223 @ 5700 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
LFW NA
Displacement
3.0L/183 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.33 2.86
Trans Order Code
MN6 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.42 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Cadillac CTS Sedan Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent multi-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 7.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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