Competes with: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CT4 or CT5, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, Volvo S60
Looks like: A baby S-Class … or a big A-Class (we suspect owners will prefer the former comparison)
Powertrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with electric assist to make 255 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque, plus an extra 20 hp and 148 pounds-feet available for short bursts; nine-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Early 2022
Mercedes-Benz calls the C-Class its bestselling vehicle. The prior generation came as a sedan, wagon, coupe or convertible, depending on the market, with the reported fate of the two-door variants up in the air. Still, the sedan and wagon drove 2.5 million global sales over more than six calendar years on sale, according to Mercedes — and that’s despite U.S. shoppers not seeing a C-Class wagon since 2005 (no doubt to the grousing of many wagon fans who went and bought an SUV anyway).