2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The BMW 3-Series, like the new 2015 C-Class is larger and more high-tech than its predecessor was, and offers many of the same benefits--though it lacks some of the higher-end safety electronics found on the Mercedes.

Audi's A4 is equally stylish, with a similar take on turbocharged, all-wheel drive powertrains, but a perhaps more understated presence.

Cadillac's ATS is an engaging sports sedan, with a composed chassis and quality interior, but it, too, lacks many of the more advanced technological features found on the C-Class.

Lexus' IS is more futuristically styled, yet also somewhat less enthusiastically powered, but offers compelling value in the segment.

Infiniti's Q50 exceeds even the C-Class in some technological respects, especially its steering-by-wire system, and it's beautiful to look at, but glitches in the infotainment system have plagued early examples.

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Quick Specs
Forget this model's recent past; the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class takes a half-step up in size and a full step ahead of its peer set in sophistication -- and it's now one very charming luxury car.
The 2015 Audi A4 and S4 sedans are tech-laden, trim, handsome alternatives to the other expected German cars, as well as one very good American one.
The 2015 BMW 3-Series lineup is a sport sedan at heart, but with Sports Wagon and Gran Turismo (hatchback) models, it's a lot more than that.
The 2015 Cadillac ATS hits all the right marks in handling, performance, quality, comfort, and technology.
The 2015 Infiniti Q50 continues as a more luxurious successor to the fabled G sedan, although in some forms it loses part of the enthusiast flavor of that model.
The 2015 Lexus IS offers a good blend of comfort, style, technology, and driving dynamics.
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Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompactMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.5L Standard RWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sport Sedan RWD
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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