2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class ably combines luxury and performance into a tidy, attractive package.
The C-Class is Mercedes’ entry into the competitive compact luxury segment. The compact luxury car is an interesting proposition for carmakers. Buyers in this segment expect the cars to have large degrees sportiness, luxury, and compliance in one car which is difficult to accomplish. Each of the C-Class offerings do feature these three qualities in different measures, but they’ve also done something intelligent by offering several varieties of the C-Class which will be sure to appeal to different buyers.
For those who are looking for a more practical, family friendly car the C-Class sedan would be more to their speed. But for others, they might prefer the sportier look and feel of the C-Class coupe. Sedans are offered in both sport and luxury versions, which have different suspension setups and front seats, while the coupe is configured more towards sport by default.
Styling on the sedan is more restrained, while the coupe is more swept back and aggressive. Sport and coupe models get a three-bar grille up front, while luxury models have a more classic four-bar setup with the Mercedes logo placed on a hood ornament above. LED taillights and daytime running lights spruce up the exterior visually and a sunroof comes standard, while a panorama roof is optional.
The C-Class divides its engine options by model number. The C250 gets the base engine, a 201-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that outputs 229 pounds-feet of torque. Up next is the C300, which only comes as a sedan and offers all-wheel drive with its 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. Topping things off is the C350 which has the most powerful engine, a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that outputs 273 pounds-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission option. For 2013, the C300 and C350 add an ECO-Stop/Start system which shuts down the engine when the car is stopped to save fuel, and immediately restarts it when the gas pedal is depressed.
Inside the C-Class comes with the requisite luxury and abundance of features expected of a vehicle in this class (and this price range for that matter). Sport and coupe models have the aforementioned sport seats and aluminum trim pieces, while Luxury models instead have a more compliant pair of front seats and burnished wood trim for a more relaxed feel. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/auxiliary audio input jacks, powered front seats, and Mercedes’ updated mbrace2 system. mbrace2 connects your C-Class to your smart phone and your computer, allowing you to do things like send destinations and routes from your phone or computer to the optional COMAND navigation system or lock the doors, flash the lights, or find it in a parking lot via your phone. It can also alert parents when their kids are driving the car too fast, too far, or too late.
Mercedes’ has long been an automotive innovator when it comes to safety features and this latest iteration of the C-Class is no exception. Nine airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and active front head restraints are standard. Optional safety technology includes a backup camera, parking assist, blind spot monitoring, land departure warnings, and Attention Assist which can detect when a driver becomes weary and alerts them accordingly. The 2013 C-Class also won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.
For those searching for the ultimate performance out of their Mercedes, they offer a C63 AMG model which comes with a rip-roaring 451-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. Designed to go head-to-head with the BMW M3 and Audi RS4, the C63 AMG is a monster of a car with a unique suspension, transmission, and steering setup compared to the other C-Class models. It is also available as a sedan or a coupe.