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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.8
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2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class emphasizes comfort, from its upscale interior to its smooth ride. However, it isn't as sporty or fast as some luxury small cars. 

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, well-built interior
  • Composed ride
  • Strong reliability score

 

 

  • Unimpressive acceleration with base engine
  • Cramped back seats

 

 

New for 2014

  • C63 AMG "Edition 507" introduced
  • Final model year before sedan was redesigned

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a Good Car?

The C-Class absorbs road imperfections well and wraps passengers in a luxe cabin. It’s one of the more reliable luxury small cars on the road, and its safety scores, while not the best, are generally good. You can find cars with stronger base engines and more room in the back seat, but this is a very good car in a class stacked with good cars.

Powering the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower. It’s adequate for everyday driving, but it's less powerful than rivals. Two available engines provide quicker acceleration, particularly the high-performance Mercedes-Benz C63's 451-horsepower V8 engine. The base engine gets up to 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. That’s average for the class. The C-Class offers composed handling around corners, and its ride is comfortable. However, its driving dynamics aren’t as engaging as rivals like the BMW 3 Series.

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class’ cabin has an impressive build quality and premium materials. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there's good forward visibility. However, even average-height adults will wish for more headroom in the back seats, especially in the coupe model. At 12.4 cubic feet, the C-Class sedan's trunk has below-average space for the class.

Standard features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. Available features include leather seats, a Harman Kardon stereo system, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system. The infotainment system is mostly easy to use, but many audio functions are controlled by a touchpad, which is difficult to master. Simple physical controls would be easier.

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Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Prices

Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models start at nearly $15,500 and go as high as about $26,000. Exact prices depend on your location and the dealer, as well as the car's condition and mileage. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

With a reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the more dependable 2014 luxury small cars.

How Safe Is the C-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class' safety rating is a bit below average for the class. It gets an overall crash test rating of five stars – the highest possible – in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. It gets four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash tests. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, the 2014 C-Class gets the best rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests. It gets a Marginal rating, the second lowest, in the small overlap front test.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has no standard active safety features, but it's available with a driver drowsiness monitor, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used C-Class?

2014 is the last model year of the C-Class' third generation, which launched in 2008. You can save money and get similar features with a 2012 or 2013 model. Avoid the 2012 model if fuel economy is a concern. Fuel economy improved with the 2013 models.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class Is Right for Me?

The 2014 C-Class has four trim levels: C250, C300, C350, and C63. All but the C300 is available as a sedan or a coupe. The base C-Class C250 comes with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. The C350 only adds standard satellite radio and heated front seats. Features like leather seats, a Harman Kardon stereo system, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system are available in all trims. The C250 gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The C350 has a V6, and the C63 AMG comes with a V8.

You may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned C-Class. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty is expired, you’ll receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 68 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car reviews and rankings are based on a number of data sets, including crash test scores, reliability ratings, ownership costs, and published car reviews. We gathered 68 pieces of data on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and analyzed them to make it easier for you to decide if this vehicle works for you.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

For an engaging ride and sharp driving dynamics, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the better choice. However, you'll give up ride comfort. The CLA-Class and C-Class come with similarly powered turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but the CLA-Class earns better fuel economy estimates. The cabins are similar in space and materials too. However, the CLA-Class comes with a few more features, including a driver drowsiness monitor and collision prevention assist.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class or 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The 2014 BMW 3 Series thrives where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class struggles. The 3 Series' ride is balanced between sporty and comfortable. There are five available engines, and each produces plenty of power. An available turbodiesel engine also gets some of the highest fuel economy estimates among 2014 models in the class. The 3 Series' back seats are also roomier than the C-Class'. On the other hand, while the 3 Series has an attractive interior, its materials aren’t as high-quality as the C-Class'. Go with the 3 Series.

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