2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan

Pros: Overall refinement; unique safety features; broad selection of engines; fine ride quality; quietness; thrilling performance of C63 AMG models

Cons: Cozy rear seat; limited trunk space; base model could use some more standard features

CG Says: Following its redesign last year, Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds new models for 2016. A C450 AMG 4Matic sedan with a 362-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 replaces C400. There is also a new C350e plug-in hybrid that pairs a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor for a total of 275 horsepower. The C-Class coupe takes a year off. A redesigned coupe model based on the new platform will join the C-Class lineup for 2017. With the addition of the entry-level CLA-Class sedan to the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the redesigned C-Class moves a bit upscale in size and prestige. Its strong points include regal cabin appointments and an impressive array of comfort, safety, and technology features. Prices are steep, but the new C-Class sedan is a compelling premium-compact car choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices C300 sedan: $38,950
AWD C300 sedan: $40,950
C350e plug-in hybrid sedan: $43,950
AWD C450 AMG sedan: $50,800
C63 AMG sedan: $65,250
C63 AMG S sedan: $73,250

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
241
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8
Horsepower
469 (503 in C63 S)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63
2016 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan
Mercedes-Benz C350e
2016 Mercedes-Benz C300e plug-in hybrid sedan