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The extra half a liter of engine size on the 2009 Mercedes Benz C350
gives it an edge on power over the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300. The
similarities: 7-speed gearboxes on the automatic version of both along
with standard rear-wheel drive. The C 300 is also available as an
all-wheel drive and, in its Sport package, a 6-speed manual
transmission.

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What may disappoint some about the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 is an
underwhelming presence of power. The C300 will do the job in terms of
getting you from A to B, but if there are lots of winding roads between
A and B you will feel a bit of a drag on the steering as the engine
tries to haul it along. The 2009 Mercedes C350 does not have the same
difficulty, but then it also does not offer a Luxury trim — something
had to give.

If you want the power, then, you 2009 Mercedes Benz C350 is the more
attractive choice. Remember, though, that what you gain in growl you
may lose in purr. Equally, by picking the Luxury trim 2009 Mercedes
Benzf C300, you will need to do a bit of the work yourself when you
come off the freeway and cruising becomes less of an option.

Pitting brothers can sometimes be a good thing. We all experience it at the dealership: the 350 or the 300? When you go to buy a new Mercedes, which one sways you? Is there even a reason for Mercedes to keep one of these two C-Classes?


2008 C-Class Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines: 228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment: N/A
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): N/A
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 2400
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: N/A
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r: 60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume: 17.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3498 lbs.
Tires: P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.

 
 
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