Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG Black Series Pricing


2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2012 Highlights

Many changes are in evidence with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For the first time ever, a new coupe model debuts and is offered in the same configurations as the sedan. The C-Class is also more powerful and fuel-efficient this year, as the C350's V6 gets a big bump in horsepower, while a new turbocharged four-cylinder model debuts in a new trim, the C250. The C300's engine remains the same, but is now only available with all-wheel drive. The seven-speed automatic transmission has been altered for improved fuel efficiency, while the C63 gets the automated manual found in most other AMG models. Other changes include additional standard equipment, new front-end styling and a revised interior that does away with the old pop-up LCD infotainment screen.

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Pros

  • Diverse engine and model lineup
  • meticulously engineered and constructed
  • refined ride and handling
  • excellent brakes
  • good fuel economy
  • rip-roaring C63 AMG model.

Cons

  • Smaller and pricier than some competitors
  • all-wheel drive only available with one engine.

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Used 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG Black Series for Sale

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Palladium Silver Metallic Black leatherette43,201 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$13,995
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Looking for a clean, well-cared for 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class? This is it. Your buying risks are reduced thanks to a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. When driving an all wheel drive vehicle, such as this Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 Sport, superior acceleration, traction, and control come standard. One of the best things about this Mercedes-Benz C-Class is that it has low, low mileage. It's ready for you to truly break it in. More information about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes directly with BMW's 3-series and INFINITI's G-series. Mercedes-Benz brings a century of automotive innovation and a reputation for ultimate quality and performance to their entry-level model. The C-Class' new direct-injected engine makes over 200 horsepower but can also cruise at 31 mpg on the highway, while still allowing for spirited performance, excellent safety and Mercedes-Benz trademark cache. Interesting features of this model are strong safety feature list, available 4MATIC all wheel drive system, Affordable luxury, and a wide selection of performance engines Taxes, tags, processing fee of $899 and dealer installed accessories additional.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Sapphire Grey Metallic Ash leatherette102,110 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$11,928
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Magnetite Black Metallic Black leatherette112,183 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$11,250
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C250 Luxury 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Sapphire Grey Metallic Ash leatherette67,408 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC250 Luxury
List:$13,573
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C250 Luxury 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Black Ash leatherette90,830 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC250 Luxury
List:$13,991
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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ALG Best Residual Value. Boasts 31 Highway MPG and 21 City MPG! This Mercedes-Benz C-Class delivers a Turbocharged Gas I4 1.8L/110 engine powering this Automatic transmission. Tire pressure monitoring system, Tilt/telescopic steering column, Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel.*This Mercedes-Benz C-Class Comes Equipped with These Options *SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic button, fuel filler door, selective unlock, programmable auto-lock, Single rear red fog lamp, Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff, Rear wheel drive, Rear 3-point seat belts -inc: outboard emergency tensioning device, outboard belt force limiter, outboard automatic height adjustment, Rain-sensing wipers, Pwr windows w/1-touch up/down, Pwr ventilated front/rear disc brakes, Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch open/close, Pwr rack & pinion steering.* The Votes are Counted *IIHS Top Safety Pick, ALG Best Residual Value.* Stop By Today *For a must-own Mercedes-Benz C-Class come see us at Honda of Tysons Corner, 1580 Spring Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. Just minutes away!

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Sapphire Grey Metallic Almond/Beige leatherette68,769 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$15,988
Est.Loan: $291/mo
Fairfax Motors(2)
16.9 mi away
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C250 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Black Black leatherette62,784 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC250
List:$14,995
Est.Loan: $280/mo
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***SEXY COUPE WITH SPORT PACKAGE........................2012 MERCEDES C250, 2 DOOR, BLACK WITH A BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, NAVIGATION, PANORAMIC ROOF, HARMON KARDON SOUND SYSTEM, DUAL HEATED POWER SEATS WITH MEMORY SETTINGS, KEYLESS ENTRY, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, ALLOY WHEELS, DEFINITELY WORTH A LOOK***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. 30 DAY LIMITED POWERTRAIN WARRANTY, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Black Almond/Beige leatherette69,458 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$12,977
Est.Loan: $242/mo
Manassas Motors(0)
18.7 mi away
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BACKUP CAM, BLUETOOTH, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, ONE OWNER, C 300, 4D Sedan, 3.0L 6-Cylinder FI DOHC, 7-Speed Automatic, 4MATIC�, Black. Black 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 4MATIC� 7-Speed Automatic 3.0L 6-Cylinder FI DOHC See more photos of this vehicle at www.MANASSASMOTORS.com. Recent Arrival! We accept all trade in's no matter what the year or what the payoff is. Plus we can handle all your financing needs from first time buyer, to re-establishing credit and pre-approvals or instant approvals. We use most banks and most credit unions, so this will be your last stop to get your pre-owned VA inspected car here at Manassas Motors. We are not responsible for typographical errors, misprints on prices, or equipment. Call 571-778-6700 and ask for a Sales Manager to set up your appointment today!!

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Arctic White Almond/Beige leatherette96,226 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$11,995
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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VA inspection passed! Drives excellent..2012 MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS AWD with powerful 3.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine and driven 96226 miles!You can always call or text at (703) 763-4428 for quick answers to your questions..For appointments only: We are available until 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday . We are open on Sundays 11 AM - 4PM. Please call us prior to your visit...Terms of Sale Overview: We reserve the right to end this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale and sales prices are subject to change without notice.Fees and Taxes: All vehicles sold are subject to $495 dealer processing fee. This represents the costs incurred with inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting vehicles. This fee also covers preparation of all documents, as well as all costs incurred with shipping of paperwork. Buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered. Accepted Payment Type: Cash, certified check, bank transfers, EFT or 3rd-party financing.WARRANTY: Please call us about warranty details. Different terms may be applied which is dependent on the millage , year and make of the car. Warranty is applicable when full/advertised price is paid when purchasing the car. FINANCING:If you have a job we can assist with financing (bad or good credit).Interest rates may vary and related to your credit and income.Please note, processing fee, DMV fees and taxes are not included in the price.. Older (more than 10 years old) and certain high maintenance luxury vehicles can not be applied for. Please, contact us prior submitting credit application on any vechicle if you have a question.Millage : Millage on the odometer may be higher than you see on the ads

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette69,202 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$15,997
Est.Loan: $292/mo
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MULTIMEDIA PKG,PREMIUM 1 PKG,Sun/Moonroof,Navigation System,BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM,Bluetooth Connection,All Wheel Drive,BLACK,BLACK; MB-TEX SEAT TRIM,SPORT PKG This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. Jaguar Land Rover Bethesda is excited to offer this 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This vehicle is loaded with great features, plus it comes with the CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. When driving an all wheel drive vehicle, such as this Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 Luxury, superior acceleration, traction, and control come standard. With less than 69,202mi on this Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you'll appreciate the practically showroom newness of this vehicle. More information about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes directly with BMW's 3-series and INFINITI's G-series. Mercedes-Benz brings a century of automotive innovation and a reputation for ultimate quality and performance to their entry-level model. The C-Class' new direct-injected engine makes over 200 horsepower but can also cruise at 31 mpg on the highway, while still allowing for spirited performance, excellent safety and Mercedes-Benz trademark cache. Interesting features of this model are strong safety feature list, available 4MATIC all wheel drive system, Affordable luxury, and a wide selection of performance engines *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Cuprite Brown Metallic Ash leather57,180 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Sapphire Grey Metallic Ash leatherette36,931 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$17,881
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C250 Sport 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A) Lunar Blue Metallic Ash leatherette66,566 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC250 Sport
List:$15,995
Est.Loan: $291/mo
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C350 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Steel Grey Metallic Black leatherette87,863 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 4MATIC
List:$14,777
Est.Loan: $276/mo
Prime Motors(0)
24.1 mi away
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1OWNER!!! CRAZY CLEAN!!! HARMON KARDON!!! HEATED SEATS!!! SERVICED AT MERCEDES BENZ!!!NAVIGATION, BACK UP CAMERA, SENSORS, 4MATIC!!! TRUE BEAUTY. COME TAKE IT FOR A SPIN AND THEN TAKE IT HOME.BEST DEALS ON WHEELS AT PRIME MOTORS LLC. COME VISIT US TODAYMint ConditionTitle in possessionFactory GPSAvailable Satellite RadioFully LoadedGreat first rideSpotless interiorDrives greatFamily friendlyArctic cold a/cNo petsNon-smoker ownerVehicle Runs WellSmooth rideAll records in possessionUpgraded stereoRegularly maintainedLots of storageNew floor matsDone all Scheduled MaintenanceMust test driveSeats as good as new

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette63,419 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$15,495
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette59,580 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$18,599
Est.Loan: $339/mo
CarMax(0)
28.5 mi away
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C350 Sport 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A) Black Black leatherette53,581 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC350 Sport
List:$15,995
Est.Loan: $291/mo
Pure Car Buying(1)
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2012 C300 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 7A) Arctic White Black leatherette53,609 miles
Used 2012Mercedes-Benz C-ClassC300 Sport 4MATIC
List:$17,998
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.

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Features & Specs

C63 AMG Black Series 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 7A)
MPG15
Seating4
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgas
Horsepower510 hp @ 6800 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%

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You can't go to Tenerife without getting a taste of its endless nightlife, so we're hardly surprised to find a colleague who's overdone it on the local mistela passed out in the backseat of our 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport Sedan.

He's unwanted ballast and he's shown up just as we're about to hit the Carretera del Bailadero. This little mountain road winds its way through the northern tip of the largest of the Canary Islands. The verdant landscape is unreal, but you have no business here if you're liable to lose your lunch.

Then, we decide this will make a good informal test of the revised drivetrain and suspension on the refreshed 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sedan. If we can carry some speed through the turns and still deliver our passenger alive to the hotel, well, maybe the 2012 C350 Sport finally has some of the sport-sedan character that's been missing from previous versions of Mercedes' entry-level luxury sedan.

300 or Bust
One big reason we've never been able to take the current-generation Mercedes C350 Sport seriously as a sport sedan is its lack of power. With only 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the previous-generation C350 was significantly slower than the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS 350, all of which have 300-hp six-cylinder engines.

For 2012, the C350 finally joins the 300-horse club. Mercedes has added direct injection to its 3.5-liter V6, and this has allowed the engineers to raise compression from 10.7:1 to 12.2. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 is rated at 302 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Flooring the throttle on Tenerife's main highway reveals a liveliness in the midrange that wasn't here before, along with a sweeter soundtrack. Mercedes is predicting a 5.9-second 0-60-mph time, but our 2012 C350 Sport feels a couple tenths quicker than that.

This still won't be quite enough to keep pace with the 335i, which hits 60 mph in 5 seconds flat, or the G37, which does it in 5.2. The C350's naturally aspirated V6 offers adequate low-end torque for accelerating out of the slow corners on Carretera del Bailadero, but of course it isn't the kind of instantaneous grunt you get with the turbocharged 335i.

Nor does the C350's seven-speed automatic transmission match revs (though we're pretty sure G37-style automated throttle blips would have reduced our passenger to a quivering pile in the footwell). At least downshifts are respectably quick in Sport mode. Paddle shifters aren't available, and don't even ask about a manual gearbox — nobody in America wants a three-pedal Benz.

Less Efficient Than Europe's D.I. V6
Gear ratios haven't changed on the seven-speed automatic, but engineers have made various improvements to reduce torque-converter slip and frictional losses. These updates, along with the new engine, will result in slightly better fuel economy — Mercedes estimates the 2012 C350 will get 21 mpg combined versus 20 combined for the 2011 model.

This probably isn't the dramatic improvement you've been expecting from the direct-injected Mercedes V6, and that's because the U.S. version won't get all the fuel-saving measures on our Euro-spec C350 tester. The European-market 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 uses stratified-charge combustion in low-load situations up to 3,800 rpm. This cuts consumption by 10 percent. But the U.S. can't have it because our higher-sulfur gasoline would destroy the NOx catalyst.

Our European-spec C350 also has a start-stop function. Although we find it unobtrusive when it engages at stop lights, Mercedes executives aren't convinced we won't freak out when the engine shuts off, so no U.S.-bound 2012 C-Class will have it.

If you're bent on saving fuel, you're better off with the entry-level 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250, which has a new turbocharged and direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder, rated at 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. It comes with the seven-speed automatic, too, and will get 30 mpg on the highway, says Mercedes.

In between, there's the C300 4Matic. It has a carryover, port-injected 228-hp 3.0-liter V6. It's no quicker than the C250 (7.1 seconds to 60 is the claim), and it's the least fuel-efficient of the three models (20 mpg combined), but it's the C-Class sedan to get if you want all-wheel drive. The C250 and C350 are rear-drive only.

Sport or Luxury. Is That Even a Choice?
We keep referring to our Euro-spec test car as the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport, but that's actually the only way you can buy it in the U.S. — with adaptive dampers and a sport-tuned suspension calibration. The lower-line models also come in C250 Luxury and C300 4Matic Luxury variations with a softer state of tune, but the adaptive dampers are standard across the board.

This midcycle refresh doesn't bring radical change to the C-Class suspension, which includes struts and dual lower links in front and a multilink rear, but the lead chassis engineer tells us they've increased compression damping to improve the ride, though we've never had any complaints about how the current-gen C-Class rides.

And after our adventure on Tenerife's back roads, we still don't. However, even with the dampers in their sport setting, the 2012 C350 Sport still isn't very engaging. It's capable on technical roads, but it lacks the sharp turn-in response and communicative steering that make sedans like the 3 Series and G37 so addictive. The C350 may well match their handling numbers, but it won't inspire many "just because" drives.

We remain fans of the Mercedes-Benz C350's brakes, though. They're unchanged for 2012, and that's OK because they work great.

Less Austerity, More Features
Every current-generation C-Class sedan we've been in has had excellent build and materials quality, but the hospital-ward vibe can run a bit thin, especially in our long-term 2008 C300 Sport's plain black cabin.

So Mercedes has brightened the place up for 2012, adding more metal (Sport models) and wood inlays (Luxury models) and a couple new steering wheel designs. In a nod to our modern times, the automaker has integrated the 7-inch navigation screen into the dash, rather than having it pop out on command. Europeans will be able to use the screen to surf the Web and view SMS texts, and though we won't enjoy such diversions here, the new 80GB hard-drive-based nav system will include 3-D maps.

New standard features include Bluetooth streaming audio capability and the Attention Assist system that will give you a virtual elbow if you doze off in your C-Class. Blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems will be a package option. In Europe, the systems will take corrective action if you don't, but in the U.S., they'll merely warn you, because we're all about personal freedom here.

Price Isn't Going Up
By day's end, we deposit our rested and rejuvenated passenger at the hotel, where he suits up for another night out. Although our 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport has had a hand in his recovery, it still wouldn't be our first pick for a sport sedan under $50,000 when it goes on sale this August.

The new direct-injected V6 puts the C350 back in the game, but the Benz still isn't as quick as the BMW 335i or Infiniti G37, and it doesn't offset that with outstanding fuel economy or amazing handling. Once again, the C350 Sport is just a well-executed luxury sedan that happens to have "Sport" in its name.

It also happens to be a bit cheaper than its BMW rival, as Mercedes plans to hold the line on pricing for 2012. Look for the C350 to start around $40,000 and top out in the mid-$40Ks when equipped like our tester. With comparable equipment, the C350 will likely cost $3,000-$4,000 less than the 335i — at which point you have to decide just how much the BMW's stronger personality is worth to you.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored press event to facilitate this report, which originally appeared on insideline.com.

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