2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C240 Sedan

    C240 Sedan

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      2.6L V6
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  • 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C320 Sedan

    C320 Sedan

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      3.2L V6
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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Not the sportiest or fastest sedan on the market.

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The 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned to tap into the sport sedan market with Mercedes-Benz craftsman ship and quality. The luxury and prestige of a Mercedes-Benz is a sportier, slightly more affordable car. The C240 comes with a 2.6-liter V-6 engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission, and the C320 comes with a 3.2-liter V-6 and a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission, which is also optional on the C240.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.6-liter V-6, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C240, Mercedes-Benz C320

What's New

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is totally redesigned for 2001, in order to make it more competitive with some of the sportier models in the market. The main changes are the new powerful engines a sportier look and a host of extra safety features.


The 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class eight-headlight design may remind some of insect eyes, but others may appreciate the unique styling, and it does light up the road you’ll be carving up in your Benz with V-6 and five-link rear suspension. The C240 and C320 come with 16-inch alloy wheels and no shortage of paint options with over a dozen colors including Amethyst Metallic, Aspen Green, Glacier White, Midnight Blue, Obsidian Black Metallic, and Desert Silver.


Inside, the 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features the luxurious look drivers would expect from a Mercedes-Benz. Consumers have a lot of color choices for the leather and wood trim interior including Ash, Java, and Oyster. They’ll sink into the leather-draped four-way power bucket front seats and enjoy heated power mirrors and tilt steering with controls for the seven speaker stereo on the wheel. There are dual zone climate controls if driver and passenger have different temperature needs. If all this isn’t enough, there are plenty of options can be added on including a six-disc CD changer and navigation system.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Mercedes-Benz definitely wants consumers to appreciate the performance features of the C-Class with its sturdy four-wheel independent suspension. Drivers can coax 168 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque out of the 2.6-liter V-6 with six-speed manual transmission, while the 3.2-liter engine with five-speed shiftable automatic will generate 215 horses and 221 lb-ft of torque.


The 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class highlights its safety features including an updated four-wheel ABS, turn signals on the side mirrors, an emergency assist system, an electronic stability system and traction control with more traditional top safety features like ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, airbags everywhere, front seatbelt pretensioners and electronic brake force distribution. More features include theft protection and engine immobilizer and an emergency interior trunk release.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz C240: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C320: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Good power
  • Mercedes-Benz style

You Won't Like

  • More expensive than an average sport sedan
  • Not as comfortable for rear seat passengers
  • First year of redesign

Sum Up

Not the sportiest or fastest sedan on the market.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Audi A4
  • BMW 328i
  • Lexus IS300

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