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Mercedes’ rear-drive sport sedan has a slew of competitors, including the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. (Compare the group here.) Following a range of 2012 updates that included the addition of a four-seat C-Class coupe, the C-Class gets gas equations chemistry a more powerful V-6 in the midlevel Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 sedan for 2013. Compare the 2013 and 2012 C-Class here.

Sport sedans usually have snug interiors, but the C-Class sedan feels downright miniscule. I needed the driver’s seat all the way back for my 5-foot-11 frame; the center console encroaches on legroom, and headroom runs out if you elevate the seat. In back, adults’ legs touch the front seatbacks, and the low seat cushions elevate passengers’ knees in an uncomfortable way.

Competitors offer more room up front electricity 101 video and better confines in back, and the numbers show it. Passenger volume in the C-Class sedan totals a cramped 88.2 cubic feet. Every major competitor exceeds 90 cubic feet, and the Acura TL and static electricity vocabulary words 3 Series top 96 cubic feet. The increase may sound modest, but taller drivers — and their backseat passengers — will appreciate it.

A dashboard redesign for 2012 scuttled some of the C-Class’ dowdiest pieces, but the overall tone is still solemn — even in our test car, whose Dynamic Sport Package added red seat belts and accent stitching on the imitation leather seats. Real leather is optional, but Mercedes’ MB-Tex faux cowhide has a taut, believable quality. Still, the fact that you have to pay extra for electricity kwh cost calculator real leather in higher trims — even the $60,000-plus C63 — is absurd.

Characteristic of Mercedes-Benz, the C250’s accelerator has plodding, gradual progression. The C250’s modest output — 201 horsepower from a small turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder — makes matters worse. Takeoffs around town are sluggish even in the automatic transmission bp gas prices columbus ohio’s Sport mode. Hammer the gas and the C250’s 229 pounds-feet of torque lend some midrange oomph, but the drivetrain runs out of steam as the tachometer needle swings to the right. Indeed, our C250 needed 8.2 seconds to hit 60 mph — slowest among the five competitors we tested in a recent Sport Sedan Challenge. An A4, TL and ATS hit the mark in less than 8 seconds; a 328i and Volvo S60 needed less than 7 seconds. (The cars, all automatics, were timed with two adults onboard.)

The C350’s 302-hp V-6 revs smoothly, with punchy thrust at the high end. Still, it lacks the immediate torque of a BMW 335i electricity jeopardy powerpoint or Lexus IS 350, and even its high-rev thrust falls short of Audi’s screaming S4. In regular (Economy) or Sport mode, the transmission resists downshifting until too late. The car feels quick if you manhandle the gas pedal, but it’s a constant game of wake-me-up.

With a standard seven-speed automatic, EPA fuel economy ranges from 22/31/25 mpg city/highway/combined in the C250 to 20/29/23 in either the all-wheel-drive C300 or the rear-wheel-drive C350. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 250 falls a bit short of the four-cylinder 3 Series and electricity will not generally cause A4, but the C350 compares more favorably to the six-cylinder competition. Mercedes requires premium gas, however; some competitors merely recommend it.

Outfitted with the Dynamic Sport Package, which includes what gas up yr hearse Mercedes-Benz calls an Advanced Agility Suspension, the C250 fared better, but it’s still no champ. Steering and cornering improve a great deal, but the standard electronic stability system cuts power early and often to control pervasive understeer as the nose pushes wide. Turn the electronics off and you can nudge the tail out more easily, but the C-Class never feels as drift-happy as the ATS or 3 Series.

The C-Class sedan is a Top Safety Pick for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, having earned top marks in front, side and electricity in costa rica for travelers rear impacts, as well as roof-strength tests. The car fared poorly in IIHS’ new small-overlap frontal test, however (read about it here) — a test the TL and S60 aced. The C-Class coupe has not been crash-tested.

Standard safety features on the C-Class include nine airbags plus the required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. Optional side-impact torso airbags for the backseat bring the total airbag count to 11. Click here for a full list of safety features. Forward collision alert with automatic braking is optional, as are drowsy-driving detection, lane-keeping and departure warning and mitigation systems, night vision find a gas station near me and adaptive headlights.

The C250 sedan starts just over $36,000; the coupe begins close to $39,000. Standard features include 17-inch alloy-wheels, a moonroof, Mercedes’ MB-Tex imitation leather, power front seats, HD radio, USB/iPod compatibility, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, steering-wheel audio controls and wd gaster x reader a 5.8-inch dash display. As usual, Mercedes is stingy with standard features. Some competitors include a folding backseat, leather upholstery, heated seats and keyless access with push-button start as standard equipment; Mercedes-Benz charges extra for all four. Other options on the C-Class include xenon headlights, a 7-inch navigation system, a backup camera, a power tilt/telescoping steering gasco abu dhabi careers column, a panoramic moonroof and a Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo. Check all the boxes and the C350 approaches $60,000. The C63 AMG, meanwhile, can go well into the six-figure range.

Despite its age and relative price, the C-Class remains popular. Sales through the first two months of 2012 outpaced all competitors, including the vaunted 3 Series — the best-selling luxury car in eight of the past 10 years. What gives? I suspect two things: One gas apple pay, the C-Class has two body styles and a broad range of engines, which gives shoppers a wider lineup than is available with many C-Class competitors. Two, the car has topped its class in residual values for two years running. That drives down monthly rates for leases, which play a huge roll in luxury-car sales.