Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Best Coupe To Buy 2022

January 3, 2022

The coupe has suffered a harder fall than the sedan thus far in this millennium, yet there's still not a better looking car design than the flowing beauty of a coupe. It just doesn't work on most crossover SUVs, which end up looking more like turtles than coupes, and we defy automakers who call their four-door sedans a coupe. The best two-door car in our eyes remains for the second year in a row the 2022 Mercedes C-Class coupe, which wins our Best Coupe To Buy 2022 with a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10. 

Mercedes is one of the few brands still offering coupe, sedan, and convertible variants of the same model, and the 2022 C-Class even gets a wagon variant, though it has not been confirmed for the North American market. There are additional questions about the refreshed C-Class. For now, the refresh with a longer wheelbase and tech-forward interior applies only to the C300 sedan, which will be powered only by a 255-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 mild hybrid at launch. 

The coupe carries over for 2022, but Mercedes isn't selling V-8 engines in any of its cars for 2022 so there's no AMG C 63 S. The only C-Class coupe that meets our Best Car To Buy criteria of having an under-$50,000 starting price and standard automatic emergency braking is the base C300 coupe for $48,900, including destination. All-wheel drive adds $2,000, but rear-wheel drive injects the right amount of sport. 

The same turbo-4 as the sedan pairs with a smart and smooth 9-speed automatic. The coupe sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, and grippy handling makes the C-Class a great ride on tight twisties, while a wealth of standard safety and convenience features keep it comfy for long cruises. 

Those features include a 12.3-inch customizable instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen that's relatively easy to navigate. Heated front seats, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, wood trim, and a Burmester surround system cranks up the satellite radio. The cabin is a thing of beauty, and the C-Class easily earns it price. In back it's a different story, and the great compromise of the coupe's flowing silhouette. Two adults could cram in back for a brief show-off spin, but the 40/20/40-split rear seats are more functional folded down to expand the 10.6 cubic feet of trunk space. 

This gorgeous looker with the luxury cabin outshines the Audi A5 and BMW 4-Series to once again win our Best Coupe To Buy award. 

Read all about the winners of The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2022 awards—and find out which vehicles took home our annual Driver’s Choice awards as well as top honors from our sister sites, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports

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