The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a lot of high points and a few so-so features. Overall, it's hard to complain about a car that gets the important parts so right. If you want a safe, versatile sedan, then this could be the car for you.
This variation comes from the cars diverse trim levels, which allow buyers to choose the amount of power and features that they want. The C300 Sport, for instance, offers full reliability at an affordable price, but it doesn't provide a ton of power. The C63 AMG, however, serves as a speed demon that demands a considerably higher price.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6 flex-fuel, 3.5-liter V-6, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: C300 Sport, C300 Luxury, C300 Sport 4MATIC, C300 Luxury 4MATIC, C350 Sport, C63 AMG
All 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models now come standard with front seat-mounted pelvic airbags. The C350 features standard tilt-down reverse passenger mirrors and driver-side memory settings that include a setting for the power steering column. The Sport models have a new instrument cluster. The optional navigation system now comes with 40GB, 6GB of which get set aside for music storage.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models show off their own distinctive designs. The C300 models have a classic sedan styling that avoids pretentiousness without looking bland. The C350 looks a little more cutting edge. It definitely has a sportier look that lets you know it can hand tight curves without giving up power. The C63 AMG, however, remains the real looker in this family. Its design lets you know it's a high-performance vehicle without screaming in your face. Yet it somehow gets way more attention than loudmouths on the road.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features a well-crafted interior that some drivers love. Those who have experience driving luxury vehicles, though, might wonder where the great features went.
Buyers can add a lot of personality by choosing packages with tempting features. The Multimedia Package, for instance, adds a 40GB hard drive with 6GB reserved for music. It also includes an entertainment system that plays music through a seven-speaker surround-sound system. You can also watch DVDs on the car's pop-up screen, but only in park.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 models contain a three-liter V-6 engine that offers 228 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Though not terrible, it doesn’t set any records. It does, however, have terrific handling. Sure, you can't speed down the highway with 228 horses under the hood, but the C300's responsive steering lets you weave in and out of traffic nimbly. It also offers a wonderfully quiet, smooth ride that could lull a crying baby to sleep.
The C-Class C350 Sport uses a 3.5-liter V-6 that offers 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That proves a little more than the C300, but again, not exactly impressive. Like the C300 models, though, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350 handles like a dream come true.
As far as performance goes, the C63 Sport blows the other Mercedes-Benz C-Class models off the road. Its 6.2-liter V-8 doesn't mess around, putting 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque under the hood. That huge jump catapults you down the highway. Step on the gas and you can go from zero to 60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds. The C63 Sport even comes with an adjustable seven-speed automatic transmission. Set it to comfort, sporty, or high-performance to match your driving style.
The C63 is clearly a high-performance vehicle with different standards from the other 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models. Drivers notice a fluidity and balance that makes driving a joy. It feels a bit more firm than the other trim levels, but it manages to avoid a lot of road noise or bumps.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has just about every safety feature that you could want, including front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and even front seat-mounted pelvic airbags. The vehicle comes standard with active front head restraints, traction control, and stability control. As if that weren't enough, it even has adaptive anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brake drying to make sure your braking system always stays ready to perform.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Sport: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Luxury: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 4MATIC: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Luxury 4MATIC: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350 Sport: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG: 12/19 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of variety
- Smooth, quiet ride
- Good build
- Stable handling
You Won't Like
- No manual transmission
- Bland interior
- Some competitors offer more power for a similar price
A reliable car that offers the most important features that today's drivers want.
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