2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Values

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2012 model year changes

The C-Class gets a pretty thorough update for 2012. Exterior design changes are mild, but the inside gets a pretty good going-over. A new engine option has been added to the lineup-- a 1.8L turbo 4-cylinder, available on both the coupe and sedan. It makes 201 horsepower and 229 lb-feet of torque. The best part is the fuel economy numbers-- 31 mpg on the highway. A new 7-speed automatic transmission comes standard across the lineup. With it, steering-wheel shifter paddles are standard. However, the biggest news is that a new C-Class coupe arrives. It comes in C250, C350 and C63 AMG styles. They have about the same dimensions as their sedan siblings, but with 2 doors and a higher belt line. Standard equipment includes a panoramic sunroof, LED taillights and rain-sensing wipers. New safety features across the lineup include a new attention-assist drowsiness monitor and pelvic airbags.


Competitive comparison

Affordable luxury; a wide selection of performance engines; available 4MATIC all wheel drive system; strong safety feature list


Special features for 2012

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes directly with BMW's 3-series and Infiniti's G-series. Mercedes-Benz brings a century of automotive innovation and a reputation for ultimate quality and performance to their entry-level model. The C-Class' new direct-injected engine makes over 200 horsepower but can also cruise at 31 mpg on the highway, while still allowing for spirited performance, excellent safety and Mercedes-Benz trademark cache.




The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an entry-level luxury car offered in coupe and sedan trim levels. The C-Class models are comprised of C250 (sport/luxury) sedan, C250 coupe, C300 4MATIC (sport/luxury) sedan, C350 coupe, and C350 (sport) sedan. Engines offered are 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine that produces 201 hp (C250), 3.0-liter V6 engine that yields 228 hp (C300), and a 302 hp producing 3.5-liter V6 engine (C350). All trims are equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission which enables fuel mileage to fall within an EPA estimated range of 19 mpg city to 31 mpg highway, depending on trim selection. For superior performance Mercedes-Benz offers C63 AMG coupe and sedan trims; both powered by the same 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces 451 hp, for a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. These AMG models offer high-performance braking, AMG sports exhaust system, 7-speed AMG speedshift MCT transmission, and an AMG sport suspension. Features include 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, leather upholstery, keyless GO, heated seats, navigation, and premium sound. Safety is comprised of 11-way airbag protection, attention assist, blind-spot assist, lane keeping assist, anti-lock braking, electronic stability program, brake assist, and adaptive brakes. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class FAQ

Where can I find values for the C36 Black Series? 

At this point NADAguides does not attempt to track sales on, nor value the C63 Black Series. We made an editorial judgment that this vehicle will be too exclusive for us to accurately value. The option actually cost $43,570 new, and as I remember it, commanded a much bigger premium than that when new. That being said, most insurance companies will be willing to cover your vehicle using a special rider and or a fixed replacement cost as long as you are willing to pay the extra premium.