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2012 Mercedes C-Class C 350

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Now with two doors and four cylinders.

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Overview
Mercedes-Benz's smallest car offers a wide range of power, equipment, and price, spanning the frugal C250 to the snortin' C63 AMG. As a driver's car, the C-class doesn't deliver the same all-around balance that makes the BMW 3-series so great. However, Mercedes places a larger emphasis on luxury and refinement, and it shows. Regardless of model, every C-class has a quiet cabin, a composed ride, excellent build quality, and an assertive but unobtrusive powertrain. It offers comfortable seats; a slick, three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel; and a new 5.8-inch display that integrates HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a USB port in the center console. The downsized C250 achieves a respectable 21/31 mpg fuel economy rating, but the smallish 1.8-liter displacement means the four-cylinder isn't as potent as BMW's new 240-hp turbo four. Buyers who demand all-wheel drive are restricted to the C300 sedan, which uses a 228-hp V-6. The C350's direct-injected 3.5-liter revs eagerly and accelerates quickly when the right pedal is planted. All C-classes come with a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic, but it's not quite as quick as the eight-speed gearboxes offered by some competitors. While the proletarian C-class models may cede some performance to the BMW 3-series, there's one big exception: the C63 AMG, which packs a normally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 that charges off the line with an authority that is absent in BMW's M3. The high-performance BMW boasts a more neutral and more tactile chassis, but the Mercedes is just as fun around a track.

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2012 C 350 Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 383 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 302 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 273 ft lb of torque @ 3,500 rpm

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'12 Mercedes C 350 Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Panorama roof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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