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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Picture of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

MSRP*: $54,700 to $56,700
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Picture of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class

MSRP*: $71,950 to $74,450
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Invoice* $51,418 to $53,298 $67,633 to $69,983
MPG - City 22 - 23 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 31 MPG 29 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 255-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 362-hp, 3.0-liter, Straight 6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline/Mild Electric Hybrid)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T 9-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive
Horsepower 255 hp 362 hp
Exterior Length 184.5 in 190.0 in
Exterior Width 71.3 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 32.0 in
Front 41.8 in
Rear info not available
Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 35.6 in
Front 40.7 in
Rear 36.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as you will with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is much slimmer than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is slightly shorter than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has about the same turning radius as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Warranty
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.