2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Like the Hatfields and McCoys, or Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series are locked in an ongoing struggle.

The two will trade salvos for a lifetime, but by our eyes, the Merc is better looking, the BMW is a better track performer.

Which is better depends on what you're looking for.

The Audi A4 is very good (and actually rated higher) thanks to its great safety record and dizzying technology.

The Cadillac ATS aged in a hurry, and base models are well behind the curve at this point.

The Lexus IS doesn't have a thrilling base powertrain, but looks sharp and drives well.

The Infiniti Q50 is an outlier, with plenty of creature comforts, but perhaps not the same performance pedigree.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is powerful, well-equipped luxury sedan that doesn't quite match up to Germany's finest yet.
The 2017 Audi A4 advances its sport-sedan credentials in lots of incremental ways, but the virtual cockpit drops the digital mic.
The 2017 BMW M3 is a track-ready sports sedan with an unblemished pedigree that announces to the world: "Ask me what DTM means."
A legitimate sports car in a sedan or coupe body, the 2017 Cadillac ATS-V rewards drivers with exceptionally polished handling and performance, making it truly in the league with Germany's best.
The 2017 Lexus IS gets a new face and more advanced safety features that help it become a viable rival to German and American competitors.
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C 300 Sedan2.0t PURE RWD2.0 TFSI Automatic ultra Premium FWD320i Sedan4-Door Sedan 2.0L RWDIS Turbo F Sport RWD
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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