Mercedes-Benz C300 Review: Pricing, Specs & More
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Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing luxury cars with excellent engineering, style, and performance.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class carries on that tradition, along with entry-level pricing that lowers the cost of admission.
From its sculpted exterior to the interior that looks like a race car with added comfort, the C300 Mercedes is a well-rounded European performance vehicle.
Here's our Mercedes-Benz C300 review with all of the details on why it's such a great car.
Mercedes-Benz C300 price
For 2021, there are three C-Class models:
- C300 four door sedan — $42,650 MSRP
- C300 coupe — $48,250 MSRP
- C300 cabriolet — $55,750 MSRP
Every trim level now comes with heated front seats and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display.
For those who don't need open-air motoring or the sleek lines of the coupe, the C-Class sedan has plenty to offer. The C300 sedan comes stock with rear-wheel drive, but you can add Mercedes' excellent 4Matic all-wheel-drive system for an extra $2,000. Another appealing option on the sedan is the Night package which adds sleek exterior trim.
The $1,500 Premium package includes ambient lighting, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a premium audio system.
But it's essential to pay attention to which packages you choose because some come in combination, which can drastically raise the Mercedes C300’s price.
Mercedes' AMG line offers the AMG C43 and C63 variants for those who want even more performance.
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Mercedes-Benz C300 power and performance
Every Mercedes C300 comes with a powerful and efficient powertrain that utilizes a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque. Routed through a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission, it sprints to 60 miles per hour in only 5.4 seconds on a C300 sedan with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
While rear-wheel drive is standard on each model, C300 4Matic models with all-wheel drive add extra traction and security whether during everyday driving or in challenging weather conditions.
And the tuned suspension provides a supple ride with precise control during sporty driving.
Mercedes-Benz C300 interior
With its elegant design and premium materials, the interior of the Mercedes C300 is a luxurious place to ride.
Solid-feeling switches and dials add to the high-quality feel. And when you opt for the leather interior and wood accents, it makes for an even more upscale environment.
Above the center stack and its three circular air vents, there's a 7-inch infotainment system touchscreen for connectivity and convenience. Features like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and an HD radio with five speakers keep you connected and entertained on all of your drives.
There's an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation system, and a Burmester surround sound system for those who want a little more technology and higher sound quality.
2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 (from $27,150)
Mercedes-Benz C300 safety features
While performance and luxury make for an exhilarating and comfortable drive, safety is also essential.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the C300 a Top Safety Pick and gave it a score of "good" in all crashworthiness metrics.
The Mercedes C300 has excellent driver-assistance features like:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Blind-spot assist
- Daytime running LED headlights
- SmartKey with keyless start
Optional safety features include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Parktronic with active parking assist
2015 Mercedes-Benz C 300 (from $19,950)
Mercedes Benz C300 fuel economy
Even with the Mercedes C300’s excellent horsepower and acceleration, it still boasts excellent gas mileage.
Rear-wheel drive-equipped models are good for an EPA-rated 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, with AWD versions nearly the same at 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
2016 Mercedes-Benz C 300 (from $25,650)
Mercedes Benz C300 review in summary
The Mercedes C300 is an entry-level luxury vehicle that's a great combination of performance, comfort, and safety.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine has plenty of horsepower for brisk acceleration and highway passing ability. And with its excellent efficiency, it also returns excellent fuel mileage of 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway on rear-wheel-drive models.
Its interior has a striking design with modern looks, premium materials, and excellent connectivity. Standard technology like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and an HD Radio make your drives comfortable and enjoyable.
While performance and handling can make for an exciting drive, safety features give you peace of mind. The Mercedes C300 also delivers in that area with its Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS and its many safety features like standard automated emergency braking, available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and available adaptive cruise control.
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April 15, 2022
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