Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' ride is comfortable. Very comfortable. And quiet too — don't forget quiet. But if reviewer Kelsey Mays were to stop there out of respect for the virtue of "If you don't have anything nice to say ... ," he wouldn't be saying much at all about the C-Class, which curiously remains a top seller despite superior sport-sedan competitors. In nearly every other category — interior space, styling, acceleration, fuel economy, brakes and handling — this last-place finisher in's $46,000 Sport-Sedan Challenge is strictly riding on its rep, Mays says.

2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

By Matt Schmitz | April 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507: First Look

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507
  • Competes with: BMW M3, Audi S4, Cadillac CTS-V
  • Looks like: The family man's SLS AMG
  • Drivetrain: 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013

Perhaps you've considered the current Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the German uber sports coupe and sedan based off of Mercedes' C-Class and stuffed with a monster 6.3-liter V-8, but felt that its 451-horsepower rating was only just adequate. Well you're in luck: Mercedes-Benz just announced the new 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507, which takes the current car and miraculously boosts output by another 56 hp to a solid 507.

It's done by borrowing heavily from components that go into the fire-breathing SLS AMG gull-wing coupe, including the SLS engine's connecting rods, lightweight crankshaft, forged pistons and composite brake system. This drops the C63 AMG's zero-to-60 time from 4.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds and raises the car's top speed to 174 mph - but to get that top speed, one must attend a course at the AMG Driving Academy, which is included in the car's price.

By Aaron Bragman | February 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

2012 Buick Regal GS: Up Close

2012 Buick Regal GSThe high-performance Regal GS, set to hit Buick dealerships the second half of next year, debuted at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. Making a Regal look racier could go a number of different ways, and I'm pleased to report GM didn't festoon the car with a slammin' body kit, garish lights or a guffaw-inducing rear spoiler. The GS' lower bumpers and bigger wheels represent a tasteful job, at least from afar.

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Get up close, and the festoonery shows up here and there. The vertical strakes ahead of the front wheels are purely cosmetic; they don't issue any cooling air to the engine compartment, as the grille and air dam do. The same goes with the hood portals. Decals like these belong at Pep Boys, not on an upscale car. The silver tailpipe portals, integrated nicely into the rear bumper, are just decorative frames for the pipes, which dangle within.

By Kelsey Mays | November 19, 2010 | Comments (10)

Of Benzes and Bags: Mercedes Rolls Out Pelvic Airbags

Pelvicairbag At last week’s Detroit auto show, we reported that Mercedes-Benz’s 2010 E-Class would have 11 standard airbags. Among them will be what Mercedes calls “pelvic airbags,” not to be confused with the car’s seat-mounted side airbags or side curtain airbags. That’s three separate devices protecting your noggin, chest and hips should the cell-phone addict at 9 o’clock miss his red light.

Both the pelvic airbags and the conventional seat-mounted side airbags are mounted inside the front seats — one deploys at chest level, the other at hip level. Mercedes spokesman Rob Moran said the new device is designed to protect the pelvis and reduce impact forces on the abdomen. They’re in the 2010 E-Class and 2009 C-Class, but will likely migrate to other Benz models, Moran said.

We can’t think of any other car — even among the high-roller crowd — with such devices, and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety spokesman Russ Rader said he couldn’t think of any, either. But Rader said pelvic airbags may not be necessary if conventional side airbags can provide enough coverage. The Ford F-150, for example, has key inflation points from a larger airbag that extends all the way down the seat to offer similar protection.

By Kelsey Mays | January 27, 2009 | Comments (16)

Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63


Picture this: Smoke floats effortlessly across the screen, a soft voice tells you about horsepower, and then, out of nowhere, comes the rear end of a car drifting sideways into the frame with tires blazing. You realize that the effortlessly floating smoke is being created by one of the biggest burnouts you’ve ever seen. This is not a NASCAR dream; this is a commercial for the new 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63. Ah ... the imagery.

Ever since I saw this commercial six months ago, I knew I would love this car. Visually, I have enjoyed the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class. With a different hood and some serious fender work, the C63 takes that elegant design and turns it on its head. The front end of the C63 looks like it might bite you with its wide grille, big air intakes in front of the tires, and furrowed hood. Harsh lines from the front fender travel all the way back through the spoiler, infusing this car with style and performance. And who knew that Mercedes would release a car in candy-apple red? I could gush about the C63 for weeks, but I’ll let the photos do the talking for me. Please leave your remarks in the comments section; a full set of photos is below. Feel free to use the “Full Screen” mode on the photo browser. This car is meant to be seen up close.

By Ian Merritt | October 22, 2008 | Comments (11)

Sales of Redesigned Cars Soar


It sounds like a no-brainer, but guess what? New and redesigned models sell, especially if they get good reviews. Sales figures for September — widely projected to be a slow month for automakers — are in, and redesigned models like the Honda Accord, Cadillac CTS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are selling well. Really well.

Unfortunately, the automakers don’t break out how many of the cars sold are 2007s versus 2008s, but we were able to glean a few tidbits from the numbers. The Cadillac CTS did the best of the three in terms of percentage increase, showing a 73.5% sales increase over September 2007. If you look at the CTS’ sales in August, they were down 9.1%.

By David Thomas | October 3, 2007 | Comments (9)

2007 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon


  • Competes with: BMW 3 Series wagon, Audi A4 Avant
  • Looks like: The old C-Class got anti-Botoxed, meaning more sharp lines and creases were added everywhere
  • Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with seven-speed automatic; 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 with six-speed manual or automatic; rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2008

We were impressed with Mercedes-Benz’s new C-Class in sedan form, and now we’re assured a wagon is on the way as well. The wagon as a class unto itself is dwindling fast in the U.S., but European automakers are still developing them. The C-Class Estate, as it’s known on the other side of the pond, has two distinctly different front grilles, just like the sedan. The Sport model maintains a large emblem front and center, and the Luxury model features thin lines more akin to the larger S-Class.

The new C-Class wagon has almost 10% more cargo volume than the outgoing model. There’s also a standard collapsible shopping grate, which sounds useful even though we’re not sure what it is. There’s also an optional power tailgate and additional storage dividers. 

With this radically different new look, perhaps the C-Class will rekindle the motoring public’s love for wagons. More photos below.

By David Thomas | August 31, 2007 | Comments (7)

Mercedes Lets You Send Directions to Car


Have you ever used Google Maps to figure out your trip, then left the directions sitting on your kitchen counter? It happens to me all the time. Now, Mercedes is working with Google and Yahoo to get those directions sent to your car’s navigation system. The "Search and Send" feature will be available Sept. 5 in the 2008 C-Class, the S-Class sedan and the CL-Class coupe (similar features have been in use in European BMWs before now). The feature requires the Multimedia Package and a TeleAid subscription (which comes free for the first year).

To use Search and Send, just go to Google or Yahoo, find your location, then use a new "Send to Car" icon on either site to send that location to your car. When you get to your car, push the "i" button and the navigation system will download the destination to your navigation system for use immediately or later on. Pretty nifty.


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By Patrick Olsen | August 30, 2007 | Comments (1)

Friday Fleet Notes: 7.27.07


This week we had a lot of different cars come in and out of the fleet, but we decided to let Mike wax poetic about the Civic Hybrid’s mileage in his own post. That left everyone clamoring for seat time in the new Mercedes C-Class and a few of us revisiting an old Faceoff winner.

2008 Mercedes-Benz C300

Considering the C300 is the less-powerful trim level, I thought it accelerated pretty well. It’s no rocket, but it certainly benefits from the seven-speed transmission. It takes off smoothly and quietly, seeming to start out in second gear when in Drive, an old Mercedes practice. Even in the Sport version, it didn’t live up to the BMW 3 Series or the Infiniti G35, but it was pretty satisfying to drive — and not every luxury automaker can chase the same goal.

By David Thomas | July 27, 2007 | Comments (5)

The Urban DINK: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300


This is what this column is all about. The new Mercedes-Benz C300 came into the fleet, and guess who got the first night alone with this bad boy? That’s right, the DINK. Mike Hanley actually got more time with it and wrote the full review on the C300, and I think overall his points on the driving feel are dead-on. What I found fault with in the review was the fact that there was no mention that this is the perfect car for an Urban DINK.

Now, to be sure, our full-length car reviews are supposed to address the broadest audience, which is why Suburban Dad, Weekend Athlete and Urban Dink exist on this blog. The C300 has a lot going for it, Dink or no. It has a low starting price — less than the Lexus ES 350, Acura TL, BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G35. Plus it has a decent list of standard features.

The test car had a lot of options, though, like a slick navigations system, a superb surround-sound stereo system, a double-paned sunroof and an iPod adapter in the glove box. I thought the interior was very well done, with Mercedes continuing to stun with its gauge design. The leather on the seats was nice to the touch, but they sure were firm. My only major beef with the inside of the C300 was the plastic shift knob.

By David Thomas | July 25, 2007 | Comments (4)

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