2010 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The class of luxury sport sedans has grown in the past decade with new entries from Infiniti, Lexus, and Cadillac.

The Infiniti G37 has crisp handling and styling, and it offers coupe and convertible models.

The Lexus IS does too-there's a coupe/convertible edition that shares the IS sedan's softer handling, but a dramatically powerful IS-F sedan for track use.

Cadillac's CTS comes in all flavors-sedan, super sedan-and it's adding a Coupe model for 2011.

Truly, the C-Class' direct competitors are the Germans, the Audi A4, and BMW 3-Series.

The A4 comes in a huge range of body styles and engine choices in Europe, a few of which make it to the States, including the swift S4 and A4 Avant wagon.

Finally, the BMW 3-Series is the benchmark in the class, with sedan, coupe, convertible, and M-series cars all delivering a good measure of handling prowess and acceleration.

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Quick Specs
8.0
For the price, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers sportiness, luxury, safety, and creature comforts in an attractive package.
8.4
The 2009 Audi A4 has grown into a more useful luxury sedan, though it goes overboard with optional, programmable handling.
8.6
The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
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The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
MSRP From   
$33,600$30,700$36,560$32,700
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas/Ethanol V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
CompactCompactMid-SizeCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD4-Door Sedan CVT 2.0T FrontTrak Prestige *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticCVTManualManual