With the introduction of a base four-cylinder engine in the C250, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now a more direct rival to the likes of the Audi A4--as well as the BMW 3-Series, which also gets a new four.
Compared to the A4, the C-Class is priced and equipped much the same, though the A4 offers quattro all-wheel drive though more of the lineup and its interior design is arguably still a step ahead.
The C-Class, on the other hand, offers a stronger luxury image.
BMW's 3-Series continues to stand out as the handling and steering champ, although its interior is also quite cramped.
The Lexus IS models remain competitive but lack the luxury sheen and desirability of most of this group, yet their prices are nearly the same.
Finally, Acura's TSX is a recommendation if don't mind giving up some image and want to save a few thousand dollars while getting an enjoyable, even slightly roomier compact sedan.
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|15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|Compact||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Sub-Compact|
|4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||4-Door Journey RWD||350 4-Door Sedan RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift|