2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.

The four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz C-Class made its quiet debut on the market last year, making it the first Benz 'four' in the U.S. in nearly a decade. Coinciding with an extensive refresh for the entire lineup, the result is a C Class model line that's more fuel-efficient, modern in look and feel, and full up to snuff in connectivity and safety-tech.

You'll notice the new details that the C Class sedans received last year, but it isn't a stretch to say that the former design was essentially carried over. With a careful retouch, the C Class can still be had in Luxury or Sport guise, with the Sport treatment standing out for its emphatic, salad-plate-sized emblem over a barrel grille. An all-new Coupe lineup is the big news; with some of the same front-end details yet an abbreviated, more aggressive roofline, the Coupe takes its own tack yet definitely looks like one of the family. Inside either model, the C Class has a sporty, modern look with revised metallic trims; it's not appointed like an S Class, but the look is right for those cross-shopping the A4 or 3-Series.

With the base C 250 models you get a turbo-charged, direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. This engine is fuel-efficient and fun, and it actually feels quicker than the previous V-6 C 300 (its official 7.1 seconds to 60 mph is the same). The C 250 is available only in rear-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic transmission changing gears. In the middle, the C 300 4Matic models get their motivation from a new 248-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and are again offered with a seven-speed automatic. A 302-hp version of this same smooth 3.5-liter engine, making 273 pound-feet of torque is installed in C 350 models. At 5.9-seconds to 60 mph, they're quick, but not shockingly so. Like its stablemates, the rear-drive C 350 is available only with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Up at the top of the lineup stands the C 63 AMG Coupe, which can get to 60 mph in a very brisk 4.4 seconds thanks to a 451-horsepowe, 443-pound-foot 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It's not all about straight-line performance, however, with a highly tuned suspension that raises the C 63's performance to something on par with the class benchmark, the BMW M3.

The C Class models provide the utmost comfort for front occupants, but those in back, even if they can get in, will be left wedging their legs against the back of the front seats whether you're looking at the sedan or coupe. In all fairness, when looking at rival models like the Audi A4 or BMW 3-Series, that's just how it is in this class. You do tend to hear the engine a bit, but road noise is hushed much better in the C Class models than in other small sport sedans.

Mercedes-Benz continues to sell the C Class in two main trim lines, Luxury and Sport, which get a number of details that can give them a dramatically different look. If you're unsure between these two lines, choose first by appearance, as within the basic feature set of each you can otherwise pick and choose options to build whatever you want. Standard equipment even on the base C250 includes dual-zone automatic climate control; Bluetooth hands-free calling; Bluetooth audio streaming; cruise control, a HomeLink universal garage-door opener; and a power tilt/sliding sunroof.

New for 2013 is the next-generation mbrace2 telematics and concierge system, which now includes a mobile app for remote horn and light operation and Valet Protect functionality, as well as Speed Alert, Driving Journal, and Curfew Minder services. There are also apps for Google Local Search, Facebook, and Yelp, among others.

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January 25, 2016
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an excellent and useful car

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I and my wife like it ! The car is duing all jobs we want it to due
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April 17, 2015
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Out drives its competition but spends too much time at the dealer's service bays.

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I test drove all the entry level luxury cars and the 2013 C250 Sport's driving experience was superior to all. And I've owned 3 BMW's and 2 Audi's before. The steering is especially responsive and nearly... + More »
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April 17, 2015
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C CLASS - A FINELY APPOINTED COUPE

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My 250C Class coupe is a finely appointed vehicle with great attention to detail on the interior. Panoramic sunroof is awesome. Forget about any rear seat room for passengers however - too small and just isn't... + More »
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November 14, 2016
2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe

The best car I ever drove.

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Devilishly fast extremely nimble. The interior is very luxurious with very comfortable and supportive seats. In addition there is room in the back for 2 adults.
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June 5, 2016
2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 4MATIC

price/value equation

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While the various controls may be a little quirky and initially inscrutable ( I know, read the manual) this is a pretty good balance between price and quality. Given that most dealers use these cars as their... + More »
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December 26, 2015
2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-Door Sedan C 450 AMG 4MATIC

Great car for it's size.

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I have a 2004 E500 and I keep saying I'm going to start back driving it again and I love that car but my new C450 AMG is unbelievable, you have to drive one to see why I am so excited whenever I talk about my... + More »
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June 3, 2015
1996 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-Door Sedan 2.2L

It is an enjoyable drive in spite of its bone jarring ride, for my wife.

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The four cylinder engine gave me over thirty mpg on freeways in the USA. I wish that I had had it when I was traveling German autobahns. My list of to do things includes more wash and wear clothing, my popcorn... + More »
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January 31, 2017
2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-Door Sedan AMG C 63 RWD

the best car you can ever drive.

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this car is one of the best in the world and everyone should try it sometime soon.
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August 13, 2015
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This Car Is Everything That i want fully loaded car with amazing features.

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Hey There. I have a car that is MERCEDES BENZ c180 CLASS C.You manufactured an awesome car of v6 engine with 333 HP and producing the power of 115 KW with torque of 250 NM and acceleration of 0-100 in just 7... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC

best smaller S class jncclass model

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bes c class model with S class option.Wish little more leg room in rear. navigation screen should have been part of console insstead look like pop up
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