What's New for 2012:
- New coupe version
- Improved V-6 engine with greater fuel efficiency
- New C250 variant featuring turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
- Improved automatic and automated manual transmissions
- Changes to interior and exterior styling
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact "executive" car with luxury and performance features, touted as an affordable entry to the manufacturer's lineup. The coupe and the sedan versions of the 2012 C-Class are available in four iterations: C250, C300 4Matic (sedan only), C350, and C63 AMG. The C250 and C350 are offered in Luxury and Sport trim. The sedan's fourth trim is the C300 4Matic, and the coupe offers the high-performance C63 AMG Black Series. The C250 and C300 trims include 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a sunroof (which is panoramic on the C250 coupe). The C63 AMG trim features 18-inch wheels with performance tires.
Standard interior equipment on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes dual-zone automatic climate control, full range of power features and driver memory functions, and premium vinyl upholstery. Upgrades are added at each trim level. The AMG Black Series offers a 2-seat interior with many sporty elements.
Option packages include leather upholstery, extended leather trim, heated front seats, premium Harman Kardon audio system, sportier suspension, COMAND information package, bi-Xenon headlights, and many safety features.
Under the Hood
Five engine options are available on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C250 features a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 201 horsepower mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The C300 4Matic employs a 3.0-liter, 228-horsepower V-6 engine. The C350 features a 3.5-liter, 302-horsepower V-6 engine. The C63 AMG and the C63 AMG Black Series both offer a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which delivers 451 and 510 horsepower to the respective models. All models use rear-wheel drive except the C300, which features all-wheel drive.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are:
- C250: 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- C300 4Matic: 18/25/20 mpg
- C350: 20/29/23 mpg
- C63 AMG and AMG Black Series: 13/19/15 mpg
Standard safety features on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front side air bags, and a full complement of air bags. Many more safety features are available.
In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the C-Class received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the C-Class received "Good" ratings--the Institute's highest--in all tests, and was named a "Top Safety Pick" for 2012.
|C250 Sport||7 speed automatic||$34,800||201-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl||21/31|
|C250 Luxury||7 speed automatic||$35,220||201-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl||21/31|
|C300 4MATIC Sport||7 speed automatic||$38,020||228-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||17/24|
|C300 4MATIC Luxury||7 speed automatic||$38,430||228-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||17/24|
|C63 AMG||7 speed automatic||$58,930||451-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl||13/19|
$36,725–$36,725 Base MSRP
19/28 MPG City/Hwy
$35,705–$45,185 Base MSRP
17/25 MPG City/Hwy
$34,755–$36,645 Base MSRP
17/25 MPG City/Hwy
$34,755–$34,755 Base MSRP
41/36 MPG City/Hwy