A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz brand is synonymous with luxury, and the vehicles in their C-Class from 2012 are no exception.

Key Features

A great feature of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the attention assist built into the vehicle. This will actually know when a driver is drowsy or not driving properly, and will alert them of this. The vehicle features 11 airbags, dual zone climate control, 8-way power front seats, and a 5.8-inch color screen with center controller.

Changes for 2012

One of the major changes is that all of the models available now have a 7-speed automatic transmission. They no longer offer a manual transmission.

What We Like

One of the best things about the C-Class is that the vehicles are still in the affordable range, which provides a great entry point for those who want to have luxury without the high price tag. It’s also a beautiful looking vehicle that drives and handles like a dream.

What Concerns Us

Although the vehicles are affordable, they are still luxury vehicles, and this means that maintenance expenses can be higher than with other vehicles.

Available Models

A number of models are available in the 2012 C-Class – C250 Sport, C250, C350, C300 Sport 4Matic, and the C350 Sport.

The sedan and the coup feature a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4, 201 horsepower at 5,500 RPM, 229lb of torque at 2,200-4,300 RPM with 21 MPG in the city and 31 on the highway. The C300 4Matic Sedan is a 3.0-liter V-6 with 228 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, 221lb torque at 2,700-5,000 RPM. It gets 18 in the city and 25 on the highway. The C350 sedan and coupe have a 3.5-liter V6, 302 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, 273lb of torque at 3,500-5,250 RPM. It gets 20 in the city and 29 on the highway. The C63 AMG sedan and coupe have a 6.3-liter V8, 451 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, 443lb of torque at 5,000 RPM. It gets 12 in the city and 19 on the highway.

Major Recalls

There have not been any major recalls with the vehicle. However, there have been some minor issues reported with the electrical system and the suspension.

Common Issues

Mercedes Benz is a trusted name, and they make great vehicles, so there are not any major common issues being reported by consumers, other than the issues mentioned in the recalls section.

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