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A new 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 will cost you around $30,000. Cost and value have bonded well in the C Class, attracting new Mercedes owners in recent years -  60% were buying one for the first time in 2007. The CLK class developed as a progression from the C Class. Is the new 2009 CLK350, worth the extra cost of progress?2009 c300 front cdc.jpg

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One valuable detail in today’s automobile market: mpg. The 2009
Mercedes Benz C300 ranges from the low-20′s in the city to the
high-20′s on the open road, whether this is a good thing or a bad thing
depends on which vehicle/class you are researching. Another thing:
forget that Baby Benz stuff, it is spacious enough to fit you, your
family, and luggage. A seating capacity of five calls for some “family
car” talk.

The 2009 Mercedes Benz CLK350 is dubbed a 2+2 car. With many vehicles,
this 2+2 seating may equal four passengers, but the second two will
need to be kids or patient adults. This is not the case with the
CLK350; bring some friends and go for a ride. With 268 bhp, you and your friends can get where you need to go on time, though the 228 bhp C300 should not be too far behind either.


The CLK built up out of the C Class. Now it seems more synonymous with the E Class. Which do you see as more of the “next step” up: the CLK or an E Class?


2008 Mercedes Benz CLK Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz
CLK350 Coupe ($46,450); CLK350 Cabriolet ($54,500); CLK550 Coupe
($55,150); CLK550 Cabriolet ($63,200); CLK63 AMG Cabriolet ($89,500);
CLK63 AMG Black Series ($135,000)
Engines: 268-hp 3.5-liter dohc 24-valveV6; 382-hp 5.5-liter dohc 32-valve V8; 475-hp 6.3-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual
two-stage front-impact airbags; front passenger side-impact torso
airbags (coupe) or head and torso airbags (convertible); curtain-style,
full cabin head protection airbags (coupe); automatic-deploying roll
bars (cabriolet); Tele Aid emergency communication; antilock brakes
with brake assist; electronic stability program
Safety equipment (optional): rear passenger side-impact airbags ($390)
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Osnabrueck, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe ($46,450)
Standard equipment: dual-zone
automatic climate control with pollen and dust filter; leather
upholstery; 10-way power-adjustable front seats; power tilt/telescope
steering wheel; 3-setting memory for front seats, steering wheel and
exterior mirrors; 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo; one-touch up/down power
windows; keyless remote locking; trip computer
Options as tested (MSRP): Sport
Appearance Package ($490) includes sport suspension, cross-drilled
brake rotors and ten-spoke alloy wheels; heated front seats ($700)
Destination charge: ($875)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $48,415
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 TouchShift automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 19/28 mpg
Wheelbase: 106.9 in.
Length/width/height: 183.2/68.5/55.4 in.
Track, f/r: 58.9/58.0 in.
Turning circle: 35.3 ft.
Seating capacity: 4
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/53.7/42.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 35.8/45.9/33.0 in.
Cargo volume: 10.4 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent three-link, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent five-link, coil springs, gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: 3585 in.
Curb weight: N/A
Tires: 225/45ZR17 front; 245/40ZR17 rear
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/disc with ABS and Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 16.4 gal.


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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