The C-Class isn't a single model but rather an umbrella description, with buyers able to select from three body styles - traditional sedan, sophisticated coupe, and stylish cabriolet with an insulated multilayer cloth top - and up to six driveline options, ranging from a thoroughly effective 241-horsepower turbo inline-four (available with both rear- and all-wheel-drive) to a thoroughly excessive 503-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 in the C63 AMG. Options range from the functional (head-up display, $990) to the indulgent (the glorious 13-speaker Burmester sound system, $850) to the debatably tasteful (the increasingly popular illuminated three-pointed star in the grille, $450 if you insist) and, as expected, usually tend toward the expensive end of things.
In line with that, any Mercedes is more about personal satisfaction than basic transportation; the question of value here is a bit different than the typical angling for a minimum bottom line. The C-Class deserves some quality-of-life flourishes (and benefits from a few options to match up to the standard equipment of its rivals, which often include such niceties as leather upholstery).
So with that in mind, a well-rounded high-value case for the C-Class:
- Model: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan
- Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 241 hp / 273 lb-ft
- Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
- MPG: 24 City/33 Hwy
- Options: Leather seating package (includes memory for driver's seat settings; $1,950), Premium package (keyless entry and starting, blind-spot monitors, SiriusXM satellite radio; $1,250) heated front seats ($580), smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; $350)
- Base Price: $41,245 (including $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $45,375