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Selected Style 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
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $34,640 $37,650
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,385 $39,550
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $42,320 $46,000
2-Door Coupe RWD 335is 18 26 $47,010 $51,100
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $42,735 $46,450
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $48,440 $52,650
2-Door Convertible 335is 18 26 $54,880 $59,650
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 28 $38,685 $42,050
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 335d 23 36 $40,620 $44,150
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 26 $34,180 $37,150
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $36,020 $39,150
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 335i xDrive 19 26 $40,525 $44,050
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV South Africa 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
4-Door Sedan AWD South Africa 328i xDrive 17 25 $33,670 $36,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,611
$31,830
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$34,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$577 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 18 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.2 93.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 12.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x 1.26 12.3 x - TBD -
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) 11.8 x 0.86 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 16.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5 36.1
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527 3362
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
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
Fuel System SMPI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.85
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 5.10 4.32
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.75 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.63 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.78 2.46
Trans Order Code 411 NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 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
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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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
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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