The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a game-changer, as it takes a more pronounced turn toward edgier performance-oriented rivals like the 3-Series and G35 without forgetting about its luxury base.
The result is two different model lines--Luxury and Sport--that appeal to different types of buyers.
The Sport, however, provides handling prowess that's nearly as satisfying as the 3-Series and G35, although its steering isn't as sharp as the Infiniti's.
Meanwhile, with an expanded list of standard conveniences, the base Luxury model trumps the base Lexus IS model with a better, more balanced driving experience and a quiet interior that allows more generous front seating.
The Audi A4 offers an especially frugal yet peppy base engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder in its 2.0T model, for those seeking better fuel economy, but its dated design is due to be replaced for 2009.
|2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class||2009 Audi A4||2008 BMW 3-Series|
|$31,600Browse Used Listings||$30,700Browse Used Listings||$32,700Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas I4||Gas I6|
|4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD||4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|