2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Mercedes‑Benz C‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    16-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling balance
  • Navigation screen clarity
  • Exhilarating V-8 power (C63 AMG)
  • V-8 sound (C63 AMG)
  • Comfortable sport seats (C63 AMG)

The Bad

  • Firm front seats uncomfortable for long drives
  • Punishing ride (C63 AMG)
  • Manual transmission not offered (C63 AMG)
  • Grabby brakes (C63 AMG)
  • Gas-guzzler tax (C63 AMG)

Notable Features of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • Two V-6s or 451-hp V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or AWD
  • Eight airbags
  • New &quot
  • mbrace&quot
  • telematics system

2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz redesigned its entry-level C-Class sedan for 2008, offering new styling reminiscent of the automaker's S-Class flagship. Engine choices remain the same for 2011: The C300 has a 228-horsepower V-6, while the C350 offers a larger 268-hp V-6, and the high-performance C63 AMG packs a 451-hp V-8. Prime competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Infiniti G37.

New for 2011
Mercedes offers a new optional telematics system called "mbrace" that replaces Tele Aid and allows drivers to connect with their vehicle through an iPhone or BlackBerry. It performs services such as remotely locking and unlocking the doors and locating a vehicle in a crowded parking lot through a map on a smart phone.

Exterior
The C-Class has sported a cleaner, more angular appearance since its redesign, and that look continues into 2011. Exterior features include:
  • Luxury and Sport versions available
  • Luxury models have comfort suspension and traditional Mercedes-Benz grille and hood ornament
  • Sport models have a large grille-mounted star (think SL-Class roadster), subtle ground effects, sport-tuned suspension and new LED daytime running lights
  • New 17-inch five-spoke wheels are standard on Sport models; 18-inch wheels are optional


Interior
Two front bucket seats and a three-seat rear bench provide seating for five. An angular dashboard design mimics the car's exterior styling theme, and Luxury and Sport models have unique instrument panels. Interior features include:
  • Stan...
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz redesigned its entry-level C-Class sedan for 2008, offering new styling reminiscent of the automaker's S-Class flagship. Engine choices remain the same for 2011: The C300 has a 228-horsepower V-6, while the C350 offers a larger 268-hp V-6, and the high-performance C63 AMG packs a 451-hp V-8. Prime competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Infiniti G37.

New for 2011
Mercedes offers a new optional telematics system called "mbrace" that replaces Tele Aid and allows drivers to connect with their vehicle through an iPhone or BlackBerry. It performs services such as remotely locking and unlocking the doors and locating a vehicle in a crowded parking lot through a map on a smart phone.

Exterior
The C-Class has sported a cleaner, more angular appearance since its redesign, and that look continues into 2011. Exterior features include:
  • Luxury and Sport versions available
  • Luxury models have comfort suspension and traditional Mercedes-Benz grille and hood ornament
  • Sport models have a large grille-mounted star (think SL-Class roadster), subtle ground effects, sport-tuned suspension and new LED daytime running lights
  • New 17-inch five-spoke wheels are standard on Sport models; 18-inch wheels are optional


Interior
Two front bucket seats and a three-seat rear bench provide seating for five. An angular dashboard design mimics the car's exterior styling theme, and Luxury and Sport models have unique instrument panels. Interior features include:
  • Standard eight-way power front seats
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional features include leather upholstery, xenon headlights, navigation system and new "mbrace" telematics system
  • Optional keyless ignition
  • Optional Universal Media Interface with USB connectivity


Under the Hood
The C300 is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6, while the C350 has a 3.5-liter V-6. The C63 AMG performance sedan packs a 6.2-liter V-8. Mechanical features include:
  • 228-hp C300 is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission
  • C300's engine can run on E85 ethanol
  • All-wheel drive offered on C300
  • 268-hp C350 and 451-hp C63 AMG get rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic
  • Optional Dynamic Handling Package on rear-wheel-drive sport sedans (C300 and C350) includes active damping suspension and speed-sensitive steering


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Front-seat pelvic airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system



Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Car

by Reggie on August 14, 2018

Best bang for your buck Car is reliable and easy to fix very peppy the 2011 models come with a lot of cargo space and a lot of cool features like flip up screen Anti traction control All wheel drive Read full review

(5.0)

Pure luxury on the road!

by LetsMove from Oakland, CA on July 18, 2018

This on one of the best cars we have ever driven, so smooth and comfortable, from the seats, noise level to the ability to aggressively pass, its wonderful! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The C-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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