The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the entry level sedan in the German automaker's US line, and has been setting the standard for compact luxury sedans for as long as most of us can remember. Will the 2018 model live up to such a long and storied history?
Why Buy the Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
The refreshed 2018 C-Class just gets better and better and looks increasingly more desirable with each passing year. The most recent exterior changes are fairly subtle, but it's now even easier to mistake the C-Class for a more expensive S-Class than it already was. It's pretty impressive when the entry level model can rival its upper trim sibling--and it's a benefit to buyers, most definitely. . In terms of pure performance, buyers will look at what's under the C-Class hood. The standard engine in the non-hybrids is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that develops a pretty healthy 241 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, which uses a new 9G-TRONIC® nine-speed automatic transmission. But what does that mean on the road? In the C 300, this combination is good for a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, while the extra weight of the all-wheel drive system in the C 300 4MATIC® turns that time into to a still-impressive 6.0 seconds.
Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reliable?
While it's too early for the 2018 C-Class models to have been reviewed for reliability, the ratings from the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study rate the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class between average and better than most vehicles in terms of overall reliability.
Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Efficient?
Despite its impressive performance, the C 300 model still delivers seriously good fuel economy. Partly thanks to that advanced nine-speed transmission, the EPA rates the 2018 C 300 at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined. Adding the extra capability of all-wheel drive does hurt the fuel-economy, but only a little as you can still expect 23 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. Other models, like the AMG® C 43 4MATIC® and AMG® C 63, see slightly lower numbers.