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.
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.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class underwent a growth spurt during its recent redesign. The sedan grew more than 3 inches in length. Backseat occupants might notice the increase because it translates to nearly 2 additional inches of rear legroom; we certainly noticed this during our Car Seat Check when installing our rear-facing child-safety seats. Our results only apply to the C300 sedan; the C-Class coupe has yet to be redesigned.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Competes with: BMW M3, Audi RS 7
Looks like: A 2015 C-Class with a touch more attitude
Drivetrain: 469- or 503-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; rear-wheel drive; seven-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: March 2015
Mercedes isn't keeping high-performance buyers waiting very long for the next AMG-a-fied C-Class. The all-new version of the standard C-Class sedan is just hitting the road with four- and six-cylinder engines. Coming in March 2015, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 builds on the new C-Class by stuffing a 469-or 503-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 between widened front fenders of this high-performance C-Class.
The 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 is gone, replaced by a more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter. So efficient, in fact, that Mercedes says the 32 percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor makes the C63 the "most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world."
Want a taste of the good life without eviscerating the kids' college fund? Buy an entry-luxury sedan like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a car that's anchored the bottom of Mercedes' U.S. lineup for more than two decades.
Or not. The outgoing C-Class sedan sputtered into last place in 2013's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. That was for a turbocharged four-cylinder C250 Sport, but we drove a V-6 C350 soon after, and it didn't redeem much. If this is the baby Benz, a lot of bathwater needed draining.
Drain it, Mercedes did. With the CLA-Class now anchoring the bottom of the lineup, Mercedes moved the redesigned C-Class upmarket in terms of both quality and price. The redesign hits dealers late this month in all-wheel-drive C300/C400 form and early 2015 in rear-drive C300 form, and it's eminently more desirable than the car it replaces.
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