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 Senior 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.

2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2011 Audi A4 4-door Wagon Auto 2.0T Avant quattro Premium  Plus Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A4
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2011 BMW M3 performance package2011 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac CTS
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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
Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
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.
MSRP From   
$33,990$32,300$34,600$35,345
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompactMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD4-Door Sedan 3.0L RWD
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
ManualCVTManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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