2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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
7.8
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.
8.2
With strong performance, good practicality, and respectable fuel economy, the attractively styled 2011 Audi A4 strikes a great balance for an everyday-driving sport sedan.
8.4
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.
8.4
Attention-getting style, solid driving dynamics, quality materials, and a very competitive price put the entire 2011 Cadillac CTS lineup on level-or-better footing with most of the competition.
8.0
The 2011 Infiniti G Sedans remain one of the top choices driving enthusiasts willing to sacrifice a little comfort for responsiveness and poise.
7.4
The 2011 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 look and drive like sport sedans, but they're not as performance-oriented as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti.
MSRP From     
$33,990$32,300$34,600$35,345$35,800$39,720
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
CompactCompactCompactMid-SizeMidsize CarsSub-Compact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD4-Door Journey RWD350 4-Door Sedan RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualCVTManualManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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