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.
Mercedes-Benz announced pricing for its all-new, larger 2015 C-Class, with a rear-wheel drive C300 costing $39,325, including a $925 destination fee. The 2015 C-Class hits the road on Aug. 25, though you won't be seeing any on dealerships lots with the entry-level price until the first quarter of 2015.
Going on sale first are all-wheel-drive versions (4Matic) of the 241-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder C300 and 329-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 C400, priced at $41,325 and $49,515, respectively. The 2015 C-Class brings big changes to the sedan with new powertrains, a new interior that wooed our editors on the auto-show floor and a longer wheelbase for additional backseat passenger room. Mercedes' transformation of the C-Class is much needed against competitors like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.
Now that auto show season is over, the wait is over when it comes to seeing which new cars will hit dealerships soon, but now the real wait begins.
There's plenty to look forward to, because there are almost too many new vehicles to choose from such as the redesigned, more modern Ford Mustang and the sleek, futuristic electric car from BMW, the i8. They're not all sports cars though; the tiny Jeep Renegade SUV and midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan are also on our list.
Check out the top 10 new vehicles the Cars.com reviewers can't wait to drive:
Vehicles Affected: About 252,867 model-year 2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz C300, C300 4Matic, C350 and C63 AMG luxury cars manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007, and July 13, 2011
The Problem: A poor electrical ground connection may result in the dimming or failure of the taillights; this reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions of stopping or turning, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will begin notifying owners in June and dealers will replace the bulb holders if necessary, as well as any corroded connectors, for free. The automaker said parts are not currently available, so owners will be sent a second notification, expected to be in August or September, when parts are available.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.
When you think about Mercedes-Benz, platitudes about German engineering, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology may dance in your head. Creative storage solutions to help us haul our American-sized loot may not be foremost in our minds.
Well, we should give Mercedes more credit. The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features the unique Comfort Box. Designed originally to help keep you groceries from rolling all over the trunk, the Comfort Box can work equally well to contain the mess from wet, snow-loaded boots or muddy soccer balls and cleats.
As Mercedes-Benz's best-selling product, the C-Class is an extremely important car in the U.S. The year 2015 heralds in an all-new C-Class sedan with top-to-bottom changes, including a more spacious interior, larger trunk, and all-new interior and exterior styling. I'm most excited to see the increased interior dimensions let occupants breathe a little easier — the new C-Class is wider, has a longer wheelbase and is longer overall, and the payoff is on the inside where it was needed.
The 2015 promises an interior with improved quality and high-class materials, which it delivers exceptionally well in the attractive — and genuine — aluminum and wood finishes that would look right at home in Mercedes' $90,000-plus flagship S-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class grows in size and adds more luxury creature comforts to its features list for 2015. With elegant baby S-Class styling and "high-class" interior materials and design, the new C-Class should draw plenty of shoppers, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Watch the video for more.
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