Best Bet
(4.5) 45 reviews
MSRP: $7,322$28,962
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 16-26
Engine: 201-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Our Take on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Our Take

Mercedes-Benz has updated its C-Class for the 2012 model year. The exterior changes are mild, but the interior upgrades are substantial, as is required in this competitive compact-luxury sedan class. The updated C-Class is scheduled to hit dealerships in summer 2011. Competitors include the Audi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Many features optional
  • Premium gas required
  • No wagon style
  • Manual transmission discontinued

Notable Features

  • Updated styling inside and out
  • New coupe body style
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • New turbo four-cylinder
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • Next-generation telematics

10 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.