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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
Four stars overall; three stars frontal; five stars side
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class models are safe, secure picks, with good safety ratings and a pretty impressive roster of safety features. And we applaud that the brand has brought many of its latest accident-avoidance technologies--like Attention Assist--to these lower-priced, higher-volume models where they're bound to make more of a difference.
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gives it top marks of "good" in all crash-test categories; but the federal government hasn't crash-tested the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class yet in any form.
And on top of that, the roster of safety features is solid: 13-way airbag protection via 11 airbags; active head restraints; adaptive brakes; stability and traction control; rain-sensing wipers; and even Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for alertness.
Optional safety extras include blind spot monitoring, rearview camera, parking guidance, adaptive highbeam headlights, and lane-keeping assist.
The Mercedes-Benz C Class has solid safety ratings, and some active-safety features that aren't typical in this class.