The rating applies to rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the 2016 C-Class. The 2016 C-Class plug-in hybrid has not been rated by NHTSA.
The 2016 C-Class sedan received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
It received "good" scores in the moderate overlap front crash test and the side crash test. The forces in the moderate overlap front crash test are similar to those that would result from a frontal offset crash between two vehicles of the same weight, each going just under 40 mph.
Standard safety equipment on the C-Class includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, front pelvic airbags (which deploy lower than the side airbags), a driver's knee airbag, side curtain airbags and a driver drowsiness monitor. A rearview camera is optional.
The optional Driver Assistance package includes enhanced collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure intervention, semi-autonomous steering and rear cross-traffic alert.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS also earned a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Audi A5 has not been rated.