It's no hybrid or diesel in terms of ultimate fuel efficiency, but the Mercedes-Benz C-Class does well on the EPA's gas-mileage metrics, compared to rivals.
The turbo-4 C300, in rear-drive form, posts EPA ratings of 25 mpg city, 34 highway, 28 combined. Adding all-wheel drive lowers those numbers slightly, to 24/31/27 mpg.
In an early drive with the 4-cylinder C300 4Matic, we saw more than 30 mpg in a 90-mile mix of freeways, suburban traffic-light conditions, and tight two-lane country roads.
The new C 50 AMG 4Matic rates only marginally poorer at the pump, despite its turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine: 21/29/24 mpg.
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 and the C63 S are covered separately, but post EPA ratings of 18/25/20 mpg.