2008 Mercedes-Benz C300: A Fair Price for Comfort?
May 06, 2008
Slipping into 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport gives me an immediate sense of well-being. The seats are broad, firm and easily tailored to my preferred position. Ride quality is similarly firm, but never harsh -- just a typical European compromise of comfort and control. And while the 3.0-liter V6 is rarely exciting, its accessible torque band (221 pound-feet at just 2,700 rpm) allows for authoritative passing.
Among the many choices available for solo commuters, I really don't think you can do much better than our $39,450 Benz for day-to-day pleasantness. The trouble is, I find myself thinking of it as a rear-drive Honda Accord, and other than an extra smidge of fun on back roads, I'm hard-pressed to grant the Mercedes C300 any big advantages over our $30,895 Accord EX-L Navi.
In addition, when I exited in Fontana, California (shown to gorgeous effect above), I stopped for fuel. After being driven 251 mostly-highway miles by Technical Director Dan Edmunds and me, the C300 took 14.048 gallons of fuel. That's just 17.8 mpg and that's tough to take from the base V6.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,771 miles