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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 313 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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

best luxury sport sedan 55000 miles and no problem

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "nice car, drives smooth"

Cons: "cheap materials inside the cabin"

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

"great car no major problems, very cheap materials in the cabin the buttons are peeling and steering wheel is scratched up"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

fun and reliable

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun, fun, fun and garners attention"

Cons: "MPG and a sled on the ice"

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

"A vehicle that gets attention, is extremely fun to drive, and has been very reliable. Is useless in the snow and mileage is less than stellar, but this is far outweighed by the fun factor. Also, being a special edition, Blue Book value remains high. I'm looking forward to the new C63S Coupe."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Timeless Classic austere elegance

By on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent price for the quality and beautiful look"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"I love this car, it drives like a dream. This is a safe, beautiful car that is fun to drive. I have the 2014 4 door sports sedan in polar white, with beige interior. I love the wood inside and the color combination which gives the car a real luxury feel, top notch all the way. This car can drive like a Porsche, and yet is super comfortable. I get compliments all the time with my car so I am very, very happy with it. I use to own the Mercedes R350 and yes, loved that car too, but it was too big for me. My husband owns the GLK and is very pleased with it. Mercedes Benz is the best!!!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great engineering and road handling vehicle

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "sporty, great ride, cost effective"

Cons: "minor issue, couldn't store phone numbers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I only drove it during the summer and I am very impress with the drive ability and overall handling and safety of the C300. Now having owned one I will consider buying another one when I'm ready to shop for another automobile."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Absolutely love this car

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I have had this car a little over three years and I absolutely love to get in a drive it. I had a porsche and a cadillac as my everyday cars previous and this blows them out of the water. I also have a new camaro ss and I dont enjoy that car as much as the benz."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

I love this car

By on Thursday, February 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is my second MB. I have had this car since it was new. I traded a MB for this one. Everyone thinks they cost a lot but a ford or Chevy can cost more."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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