Long regarded one of the premier luxury marques in the United States, Mercedes-Benz has seen something of a product rebirth over the last several years, raising the bar for quality and style. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class largely exemplifies this improvement, though like all of the entry-level luxury sedans, presents a few compromises. MotorAuthority thoroughly enjoys the C-Class and gives it an overall rating of 8.
Just one body style--sedan--and just two engines, both V-6s, leave the 2011 C-Class with what looks at first glance with not many options. But dig a little deeper and it offers a wealth of choice, plus an AMG variant that adds a monster 6.2-liter V-8 to the mix.
The base 3.0-liter V-6 in the C300 is considerably more docile, however, rating 228-horsepower, about on par with most other entry-level luxury sedans, and capable of 7.1-second 0-60 mph runs. The C350 offers an upgrade to a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 268 horsepower and 6.1 seconds to 60 mph. We strongly prefer the...
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