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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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While Mercedes-Benz is mostly associated with providing high-priced cars to the rich and ultra-rich, the company also has a series of coupes and sedans built to the same high-quality standards but wearing a 5-digit price tag. Offering younger buyers a way into the Mercedes-Benz fold is the C250, a turbocharged 4-cylinder model with a sub-$40,000 price tag. With the C250, Mercedes hopes that first-time buyers will remain loyal as their ages and incomes rise. But the C-Class isn't all about price, with a number of enticing upscale models including the fire-breathing V8-powered C63 AMG.

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If you're shopping a loaded Chrysler 300 or Nissan Maxima, it's not a far leap to land in an equally well-equipped 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And, when it comes time to move to a bigger Benz, the C-Class promises a good return on your investment.

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While a 2013 C-Class is within reach of most professionals, there is a higher price to be paid for long-term care and service down the road. The C-Class also isn't as accommodating to rear-seat passengers as a similarly-priced Hyundai Genesis, Chrysler 300 or Buick LaCrosse.

What's New for 2013

New for 2013 is the C300 4Matic's 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 that bumps output to 248 horsepower. A fuel-saving ECO start/stop feature is added to the C350 and C300 4Matic, while Distronic Plus becomes a stand-alone option. Mbrace2 internet and app connectivity is made standard on all trims.

Driving the C-Class

Driving Impressions Even the basic C250 sedan feels as solid and screwed together as the best S-Class. Stable and confident, the C-Class for 2013 is loaded with creature comforts and overflowing with...

technology. With the exception of the C63 AMG, the C-Class sedans and coupes tend to favor a ride that is more about comfort and quiet than tight turns and blistering acceleration. That's not to say that the rear-drive C-Class is slow or ponderous, far from it. Nimble in the corners and providing strong acceleration through the 7-speed automatic transmission, the C-Class is truly an enjoyable driving experience. Just don't expect it to perform like the BMW 3-Series. We found the C250's 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder a willing partner, but only when left in Sport mode. In the Comfort setting the power is only acceptable for a car of this cost and caliber. Models with the new 3.5-liter V6 are plenty potent even in Comfort mode.

ATTENTION ASSIST
This standard feature can detect when a driver is drowsy and alerts him or her via visual and audible warnings. How does it do that? The car uses sensors that "observe driver behavior," based primarily on steering wheel movements.

MBRACE2
A true leap forward in telematics, Mbrace2 is a Cloud-based subscription service that uses your smartphone to connect to the internet, allowing apps like Facebook, Google and Yelp to be online and at work whenever the car's in motion. Mbrace2 can even download system and map updates.

2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Details
Interior

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is elegant yet relatively understated inside. A 4.5-inch color display sits before the driver relaying trip, audio and navigation information. Even when outfitted with the base M-B Tex vinyl upholstery, the C-Class seats are comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat space is a bit tight in the 5-passenger sedan, and even more cramped in the coupe, which seats four and has a lower roofline that can bump against heads. Like other luxury cars, audio, telephone and navigation are controlled via a console-mounted dial whose functions are viewed on a color-LCD screen in the center dash.

Exterior

While most of the updates for the 2013 C-Class are under the hood and dashboard, Mercedes has made tweaks to the outer design of its smallest car. The biggest news is last year's introduction of a curvaceous coupe. Though it has two fewer doors than its sedan siblings, the C-Class coupe is nearly identical in length, width and wheelbase, but lower in height, giving it a more sporty appearance. C-Class Sedans retain their angular look and feature a lighter aluminum hood, revised front and rear bumpers and redesigned headlights and taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All C-Class models come with a 7-speed automatic transmission, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor, 11 airbags, Mbrace2 telematics, a power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, garage door opener, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power front seats, 5.8-inch color screen with center controller and AM/FM/HD Radio with CD player and auxiliary/USB inputs. Coupes add a panorama roof, split-folding rear seats and paddle shifters for manual gear selection.

Optional Equipment

Comfort, tech and safety options abound in the 2013 C-Class. Among them are an in-vehicle hotspot for internet connectivity, blind-spot monitor, rear-view camera, push-button start/stop, and a navigation system loaded with useful information such as ATM locations and Zagat Survey restaurant ratings. The high-end audio option is a 12-speaker, 450-watt harman/kardon Logic7 Surround Sound system. A new AMG Sports Package Plus adds enhanced exhaust tuning, sport interior, 18-inch 7-spoke wheels and, on coupes, a revised front suspension.

Under the Hood

After a long absence, Mercedes is again using a 4-cylinder engine for its base model C-Class. The fuel-efficient 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 201 horsepower, enabling the C250 to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds. More powerful still is the C350, with a direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 that makes 302 horsepower (248 in the C300 4Matic). The incredible C63 AMG boasts a 6.3-liter V8 that makes 451 horsepower - and has fuel-economy numbers that add a one-time $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. All models now use a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode (no manual transmission is available).

C250 sedan and coupe:
1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4
201 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
229 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

C300 4Matic sedan:
3.5-liter V6
248 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
251 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg

C350 sedan and coupe:
3.5-liter V6
302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (gasoline), 15/21 mpg (E85)

C63 AMG sedan and coupe:
6.3-liter V8
451 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
443 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 301 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

My first "luxury" vehicle and I love it.

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "keyless entry, feels good to drive, classy,"

Cons: "cruise control too close to signal"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The more I drive it - the more I love it. Bought it certified pre owned with 12,000 miles and within a year I am now at 34,000 so I drive. I don't even mind making the car payments! It's a classy, comfortable car. There are a few improvements that could be done. The cruise control is too close to the signal. I still hit it all the time when signaling. When the max cool air comes on it is too loud. The only option I don't have that I should have got is the one with the blind spot mirror. I get a lot of comments on how nice it looks.Decent gas mileage."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

A great 4 door sport car. drives and handles

By on Sunday, July 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "a very reasonablr price for this versatile vehicle"

Cons: "If you are seeking a great big Benz this ain't it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my wifes car. She had a tragic fall at home and can't get in and out of this car. It was her dream car! We both loved it and it is truly an unusual combination of SPORT CAR and a 4 passenger fun car easily. It has plenty of horsepower and at the same time driven near speed limits is very reasonable on the gas. Its kinda like this , if you drive it you will want it!"

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

excellent car

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "needs more comfortable seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"beautiful car that gets noticed. Good price point for buying but wished it retained better value. In 4 years it has lost $20,000 in value. Very good performance, have had no repairs done except maintenance."

18 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Best Value

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great value, feels like a luxury car"

Cons: "Paint on the power window button rubbed off"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new in 2008. While annual maintenance can be high (oil change, etc), the car was superbly reliable, fun to drive. We test drove all luxury vehicles in similar price range. This was to only one that felt like a luxury brand. My wife totaled the car a couple of days ago. She hit a guard rail head on, peeled back 20 feet of rail and walked away w/o a scratch or bruise. We are going in today to purchase our new 2015 version with all the safety features today."

11 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Third and last C Class

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,693

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice styling inside and out"

Cons: "Poorly engineered and not what an MB should be"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I had a 2008 then 2011 now 2014 C sedan and the engineering quality decline is staggering. The 2011 transmission shifts were noticeable but the 2014 are terrible. Living in CA we encounter a lot of traffic and the car lurches as it shifts or is slow and then hard revs before it kicks in. Dealer says this is normal when the engine is cold which seems like an excuse. The other oddity is it is hard to put gas in the car because of an oddly designed vacuum feature at the filler. You have to contort the gas hose to engage the pump into the filler otherwise the pump kicks off after a few drops of gas go into the tank. It takes forever to fill the tank. Rather than fixing the engineering flaw MB published a diagram how to pump gas. I think they hired the cast off engineers who said not to use a key ring so your car won't shut off on its own! The design of the car is great outside and inside but it is not a great driving car for what it cost. I will look at an Audi or BMW in 2016."

20 people out of 34 found this review helpful

I really like my C300, solid car with great featur

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Solid car with excellent features - I have the headlight upgrade and these lights that follow the curve and illuminate side lights when turning are great, good power, smooth transmission shifting and great handling."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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