Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2015 Toyota Avalon Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2015 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Toyota Avalon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Avalon doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The C-Class Sedan comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Avalon’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine Comparison

The C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The C400 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 61 more horsepower (329 vs. 268) and 106 lbs.-ft. more torque (354 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the C400 Sedan is faster than the Toyota Avalon V6:

C-Class Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon V6:

C-Class Sedan




25 city/34 hwy

21 city/31 hwy




24 city/31 hwy


The C-Class Sedan has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Avalon (18 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the Avalon:

C-Class Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the Avalon (225/50R17 vs. 215/55R17).

The C-Class Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon XLE/XLE Premium’s standard 55 series tires. The C-Class Sedan’s optional 225/40R19 front and 245/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Avalon XLE Touring/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-Class Sedan offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Avalon’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Avalon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Avalon doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C400 Sedan 4MATIC handles at .88 G’s, while the Avalon XLE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The C400 Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Avalon Limited (25.9 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Avalon’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The C-Class Sedan is 10.8 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Avalon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The C-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Avalon doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Avalon doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Avalon Touring/Limited, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The C-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the C-Class Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Avalon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-Class Sedan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Avalon XLE/Premium/Touring’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the C-Class Sedan offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Avalon doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the C-Class Sedan is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Avalon’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Avalon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the C-Class Sedan will retain 48.51% to 55.31% of its original price after five years, while the Avalon only retains 46.72% to 47.84%.

Recommendations Comparison

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Avalon has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Toyota Avalon by 12% during 2014.

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