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)

Inside the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe (25 Photos)

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First, let's get this out of the way: The vehicle in question isn't a coupe; it has four doors and five seats, and it's related to the large Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, which will soon be redesigned and renamed the GLE-Class. This new variant is actually first on the scene and presumably at dealerships, and it carries the name "GLE" "Coupe."

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I was the first Cars.com editor to see the GLE Coupe in person. I don't usually fixate on styling because I know you, the reader, will form your own opinion in as little as a fraction of a second, but presumably the only reason for a "four-door coupe" to exist is its styling. In my opinion, there has been exactly one four-door coupe whose styling justifies its existence and that's the Audi A7, a car rather than an SUV. All the others can go back where they came from, which seems to be Germany.

My first look suggests the GLE Coupe doesn't need to exist.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Video

Although the new GLE has "coupe" in its name and a sleek, coupe-like silhouette, the new five-seater is an SUV that replaces Mercedes-Benz's M-Class for 2016. The GLE 450 should look familiar; its styling is a lot like BMW's X6, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

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.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

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)

2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Car Seat Check

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A midsize SUV, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class transports smaller families in style. For 2015, this five-seater is available with a V-6 engine (ML350), a turbo-diesel four-cylinder (ML250 Bluetec) and a twin-turbo V-6 (ML400). For our test, we had the ML400 at our Chicago offices.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow car seats might work.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Car Seat Check

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Kids bring so much joy into their parents' lives. They also bring a lot of mess. Whether its mud-caked shoes or the constant debris of cracker crumbs and sticky fingerprints they leave in their wake, kids and messes go together like peanut butter and jelly. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a luxurious sedan, may be too nice to put kids in, especially considering its $93,825 price tag (including destination); our test car cost $122,895. If that price didn't make you blink, keep reading. The good news is the five-passenger S550 earned top marks across the board in our Car Seat Check.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | December 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X6 and any other SUV billed as a "coupe"

Looks like: A BMW X6 wearing a Mercedes CLA-Class face mask

Drivetrain: 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late summer 2015

Coupe-inspired SUVs aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts — BMW sold 421 units of the X6 in November — but Mercedes-Benz isn't letting that keep it from launching the 2016 GLE Coupe. It pains me to call this thing a coupe because it's an SUV and has four doors, though the coupelike inspiration is there with a sleek fastback profile, and Mercedes is gearing this odd duck for sports-car-like performance rather than off-road prowess.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

GLE is Mercedes' new nomenclature for the former midsize ML-Class SUV, a 'ute that features two rows of seating and room for five occupants. That configuration carries over to the GLE Coupe. The GLE 450 AMG 4Matic trim level will be the first to debut late next summer with its standard twin-turbocharged V-6, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

By Joe Bruzek | December 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

Used-Car Prices Reach New Low in November

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Black Friday deals may be on the minds of many shoppers right now, but it's also a good time to grab a deal on a used car. Since April, when prices were at their peak for the year, late-model used-car prices have fallen every month thereafter and currently average $21,758 — a decrease of $1,660.

Prices for used Audi A3 and A6 cars surged last month, but they gave up their gains and then some in November. A3 prices fell 6.6 percent ($1,590) this month to lead all models, and the A6 was second with a 5.6 percent ($2,087) drop. The all-electric Nissan Leaf had the third-largest decrease in asking price with a 4.7 percent ($821) decline.

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As Audi prices weakened, Mercedes-Benz prices strengthened. There were just eight models in November that saw their average prices increase, but four of them were from the luxury brand including the S-Class flagship sedan, which led all models with a 1.4 percent ($810) gain. The Infiniti M37 sedan was next with its average price up 1.1 percent ($344), and following it was the Mercedes M-Class SUV, which saw its price rise 0.8 percent ($311).

The charts below detail used cars from the 2011 to 2013 model years with the biggest price drops and increases. To be eligible for the lists, a model had to have at least 250 cars in Cars.com's national inventory.

By Mike Hanley | November 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays is literally sitting in the lap of luxury in his latest video from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes wants to make Maybach a separate sub-brand, and the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the automaker's first offering.

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Mays says the car is opulent, inside and out, and rear-seat room is absolutely outrageous.  Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | 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.

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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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