The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the luxury brand’s exciting new entry-level premium sedan.  For 2013, more Mercedes-Benz buyers chose a C-Class over any other model from the brand, making it the most popular for its new year.  The Mercedes-Benz C-Class can boast such success thanks to the success Mercedes can claim in imbuing the sedan with traditional Mercedes levels of technology, comfort and build quality – with a smaller price tag.

The C-Class sedan is available in three different models, all of which carry a different powertrain under the hood.  The C-Class models are the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic® and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C350 in Tacoma.  Each engine pairs to a smooth-shifting seven speed transmission.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a seven-speed transmission.   The midrange model, the C300 4Matic® remains the only variant to include all-wheel drive and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, providing 248 horsepower and 251 lb ft of torque.  A step up from this is the Mercedes-Benz C350 which runs on a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6, providing 302 horsepower and 273 lb ft of torque.  This helps the Mercedes-Benz C350 to earn a 0-60 MPH time of under six seconds.


An ECO Start/Stop system has been added to help with fuel efficiency while traveling around town.  This system shuts down the engine when the car comes to a rest to save fuel, then automatically starts the motor once the driver hits the gas pedal.  Fuel economy ratings for the Mercedes-Benz C250 come in at 21 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.  The Mercedes-Benz C350 is rated 20 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway.  The Mercedes-Benz C300 4MATIC® has great fuel economy for an AWD vehicle: 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

Major standard features for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class include a power sunroof, dual zone climate control, eight-way power seats and Bluetooth audio streaming.  The optional Premium Package adds many things, including SIRIUS satellite radio, 4-way power lumbar support on the drivers seat, an iPod/MP3 Media Interface, a surround-sound system and Heated Front Seats.  The Multimedia Package includes the COMAND system with hard-drive navigation and adds enhanced voice control for audio, telephone and navigation; SIRIUS real-time traffic service; a six-disc DVD/CD changer and SD card slot; Gracenote media database, 10GB hard-drive with Music Register and a rearview camera.

For more information about the C-Class or to take a look at any Mercedes-Benz vehicle, contact Larson Mercedes-Benz in Tacoma.

30 Jun 2013

Mercedes-Benz in Tacoma is known for making the absolute best in luxury and performance. No one can create a vehicle with more poise and sophistication while turning heads in the street with superior styling. Now, the automaker has been working diligently on new advanced technology that will change the face of in-car tech and communication for the better. The technology is a Car-2-Object and Car-2-Car communication system, and will enable vehicles to communicate to other vehicles and the world around them. The benefits of this state-of-art technology is mostly for safety purposes, but it also helps out in the convenience department, as well as just being plain awesome.

This Car-2-Object and Car-2-Car communication system can warn a driver of an impending crash, as well as being programmed to take action itself to avoid one in certain cases. The system is designed to know in advance if there is a potential hazard in the road ahead or approaching at the next intersection, and programmed reflexes are much faster than a human’s reflexes. The system can do this by electronically communicating with its surroundings through different technologies currently being tested and developed. You can imagine how close this technology brings us to cars driving themselves, figuring out which car has the right of way, the best route to take and cars will be able to avoid the accidents that humans cannot.


Mercedes-Benz is is the current leader in this field, announcing earlier this month that they plan to introduce a Car-2-Car communication system as early as this year. Though whether it will be equipped in a production model vehicle in the U.S. is not yet known. If it is put in to 2014 model Mercedes-Benz in Bellevue vehicles, the system will be able to exchange information with other vehicles as well as the surrounding traffic infrastructure.

For now, a phone app has been created for the first production version. This app is designed to work with the driver’s smartphone, which serves as a transmitter and receiver. This means that certain existing Mercedes-Benz models can also be able to use the system. Most Mercedes-Benz models are already equipped with radars and sensors and will be able to handle the first production version of the Car-2-Object and Car-2-Car communication system.

For more information about Mercedes-Benz, or to take a look at any Mercedes-Benz vehicle, contact Larson Mercedes-Benz in Tacoma.

18 Jun 2013
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