Driving: 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250
The Car: This spiffed up Mercedes-Benz C250 showcases the more modest-side of the Mercedes C Class. This refreshed version has scored a makeover in upgrades that feel substantial. The C250 function better in it’s revitalized skin.
The Destination: Downtown Los Angeles. I started at LAX and speeded toward downtown LA where I stayed at the Standard, and then headed for the hills, the Hollywood Hills and Pasadena.
The Looks: The C Class sedan is more conservative than say, the CLS, but it’s not displeasing. It’s small proportions give it a sense of lightness that is supported by drivability and subtly sculpted body work. The grille has a look at me quality that adds a bit of oom-pa-pa to the overall package. Nice twinkly LED lights, too.
The Numbers: Zero to 60 mph in 5.5–7.0 sec, 201 hp and 229 pound-feet of torque.
Top speed: 130 mph
The Engine:1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-charged engine.
Gadgetry: Attention Assist, active lane-keeping assist, power sunroof, Sirius XM radio,
How it drives: Smooth acceleration and responsive braking. The extra option for lumbar support made all the difference on days when the freeways were packed. The refurbished engines on this line are specialized in redistributing air flow, so we have a car that’s more responsive with better fuel economy — 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The contenders: This C is aiming squarely for BMW 3-series drivers, coming up in the passing lane. With the C you get a little more plush, the BMW nudges with a little more rigid handling for speedsters.
Price: $44,610, base price is $34,800 with most options on my tester in the technology department.