We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Cars.com just named the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class our Best of 2015 car. As we've done in recent years, we purchased one to put our money where our mouth is. Naturally, the process kicked off with a familiar question: Which C-Class would we get? Among the new 2015 C-Class sedans on Cars.com, we found more than 150 examples within 50 miles of our Chicago offices. We've already driven both the C300 and C400, and we deemed the C400's extra power unnecessary versus the already-punchy C300, particularly since it starts some $10,000 higher.

Related: Cars.com Names 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

We settled on the C300. Given the nature of Chicago weather, we opted for all-wheel drive, and so set our sights on a 2015 C300 4Matic sedan; that combination accounted for more than 80 percent of the 2015 C-Class sedans in dealer inventory near our offices at the time we were shopping. Including destination, the C300 4Matic starts at $41,325 but can spiral past $60,000 if you load up the options. Still, most examples on Cars.com near us were listed between $45,000 and $55,000.

We settled on a plan. We'd visit a Mercedes dealership near downtown Chicago to see what option groups were popular; then we'd email that dealership along with a few others when we had an idea of the equipment that we wanted. As always, we told salespeople we were looking to buy a company car, providing only our personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers. We revealed only after the price had been agreed to that we worked for Cars.com.

By Kelsey Mays | January 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

Cars.com Names Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

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The last time we tested the C-Class in a Cars.com Challenge, the C250 fared very poorly. The judges didn’t care for the brakes, found the engine wanting and disliked the handling.

Now, with the advent of the new C-Class, our editors are impressed: "The luxury automaker has stunned the public and pundits by producing a stylish new compact luxury sedan that plays second fiddle to no one."

The C-Class edged out five worthy competitors:

  • 2015 BMW M4
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • 2015 Subaru Outback
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Check out our awards coverage for all the details.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Patrick Olsen | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mercedes Rolls Out AMG 'Light' Models to Compete With Audi S Lineup

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If you're scratching your head over the high-performance designations from certain luxury brands, Mercedes figures to become just as confusing. The brand's AMG performance badge will grace bona fide AMG cars complete with hand-built engines from Mercedes' Affalterbach plant in southern Germany. But Mercedes will also bequeath the name to AMG-light cars from its mass-market plants as "AMG Sport." You know, in case the brand's recent naming overhaul wasn't complicated enough.

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The first example is the GLE-Class, a coupelike SUV similar to the BMW X6. Once production ramps up, you'll be able to buy a Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Sport or, for all-out performance, a Mercedes-AMG GLE63. Mercedes also replaced the short-lived C400 sedan with the C450 AMG Sport, and it's all but inevitable that we'll see a Mercedes-AMG C63 at some point.

The AMG sub-brand was expected. We reported in November 2014 that Mercedes owner Daimler would relaunch its Maybach and AMG brands with Benz-free nomenclature — respectively, Mercedes-Maybach and Mercedes-AMG. Both initiatives have born fruit: the Mercedes-Maybach S600 sedan and Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

The AMG multiplication came as a surprise.

By Kelsey Mays | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Photo Gallery (31 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG certainly isn't ashamed that it's the high-performance variant of the C-Class. Racing cues abound on the luxury sedan, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, from widened aluminum fenders and rear wheels to "power domes" on the hood to a trio of rear diffuser fins.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Building on the regular C-Class' standard aluminum cabin trim, the C63 AMG adds performance seats covered in faux leather and microfiber. In Edition 1 models, the seats have black Nappa leather highlighted with a diamond pattern; plus there’s red contrast stitching on the badged performance steering wheel.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | November 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

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By Matt Schmitz | October 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

NICB Report Totals Up Luxury-Vehicle Thefts

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Luxury vehicles are probably as enticing to those who steal them as they are to those who buy them, but the overwhelming majority of stolen cars in the U.S. each year continue to be from nonluxury brands. A new report by the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that thefts of newer luxury vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013 totaled 5,570, a small fraction of the millions of vehicles stolen across that same four-year timeframe. In addition to being a smaller percentage of total cars on the road, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said the cars are just getting harder to swipe.

Related: Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

"The numbers show that the improved antitheft technology on these luxury vehicles has made them very difficult to steal despite being attractive targets," Scafidi told Cars.com.

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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By Matt Schmitz | October 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 Video

Last year, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class finished at an unimpressive sixth place in our $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. However, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says, "Mercedes redesigned the C-Class sedan for 2015 and it fixed a whole laundry list of issues." Is it enough to move the C-Class to the top of the pile on shoppers' luxury-car laundry list? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 11,000 model-year 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans

The Problem: A production error involving the "steering couple interlock" causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning, according to The Detroit News. The problem was first noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe. Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a spokeswoman for the automaker said "there’s no reason to think our vehicles have this problem," the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

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