2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Last year, Mercedes-Benz opened up the C Class models to a more competitive position in the compact sport-sedan class, thanks to the introduction of a base four-cylinder engine in the C250.

It's now more of a direct rival to the likes of the Audi A4, as well as the BMW 3-Series, which is now offered in turbo four-cylinder guise as the 328i.

Standard equipment is much the same in the C Class models, compared to the A3 or 3-Series, though the A4 offers quattro all-wheel drive though more of the lineup and its interior design is arguably still a step ahead.

The A4 is perhaps a rung lower in actual luxury image or prestige next to the C Class.

For handling, BMW's 3-Series continues to be the champ, and the richly appointed interior of the new models and improved ride no longer make it feel as compromised.

The current Lexus IS models feel a step behind the rest at this point; they lack the luxury sheen and desirability of most of this group, as well as the performance in base IS 250 form, yet their prices are nearly the same.

For less money, the Acura TSX might be worth considering, especially if getting a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan isn't your main reason for looking at the C Class.

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For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
For nearly all compact-sedan shoppers except serious enthusiasts or green-car fanatics, the 2013 Acura TSX strikes an agreeable compromise between sport-sedan attitude and premium-car practicality.
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
The 2013 BMW 3-Series is safe, fuel-efficient, and well-connected, yet it delivers the class-leading performance and handling that enthusiasts have come to expect.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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