2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review – US News & World Reports
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class charms shoppers with its potent engine choices, opulent interior, and high marks for fuel economy. However, it lacks the sharp handling, adult-friendly rear seats, and easy-to-use tech of its rivals.
Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a Good Used Car?
Yes, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a good used car. It offers the best combination of family-friendly features, with excellent safety scores. In fact, we named it our 2016 Best Upscale Small Car for Families.
Used 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Performance and Interior
Power comes from a choice of six engines. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine moves the base C300, providing ample power for any driving situation. For effortless passing and merging on the highway, go for the C450 and its twin-turbocharged V6. Two twin-turbocharged V8 engines make incredible power for Mercedes-AMG models: the AMG C63’s engine puts out 469 horsepower, while the top-of-the-line AMG C63 S has 503 horsepower. For improved fuel economy, the C300d uses a twin-turbo diesel engine. The C350e is a plug-in hybrid that uses a turbo-four coupled with an electric motor. Fuel economy is good overall: 18-22 mpg in the city and 24-29 mpg on the highway. All models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Mercedes C-Class favors a cushioned ride over agile handling, but it does feel secure around turns. Still, others in the class feel nimbler.
The five-seat Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan showcases a rich cabin unmatched by many of its rivals. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, but some models come with genuine leather, heated front seats, and natural grain black ash wood trim. Up front, the C-Class’ seats are comfortable and supportive, but the back seats are a different story. Rear-seat head- and legroom is tight compared to others in the class, and the rear seats sit lower than some may like. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and there’s a tether-only connection on the middle seat.
The base C-Class comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 7-inch display, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. A touchpad controller with handwriting recognition comes standard. However, it’s located a bit too far back on the center console, which can make reaching it a tricky task. It can also be overly sensitive at times. Fortunately, many functions use physical buttons as well. Notable available features include a Wi-Fi hot spot, a panoramic sunroof, and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a larger 8.4-inch display.
Used 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Prices
The price of a used 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranges from about $40,600 for a base C300 to around $84,700 for the AMG C63 S trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.