Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2016 Dodge Charger Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2016 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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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 Dodge Charger doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Charger doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The C-Class Sedan offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Charger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Charger doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the C-Class Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

C-Class Sedan

Charger

RWD

C300/Auto

25 city/34 hwy

19 city/31 hwy

V6/Auto

n/a

16 city/25 hwy

V8/Auto

AWD

C300/Auto

24 city/31 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

C450 AMG/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the C-Class Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger:

C-Class Sedan

Charger

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The C-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Charger SE/SXT are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the C-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the Charger (225/50R17 vs. 215/65R17).

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 Charger SE’s standard 65 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 Charger R/T’s 45 series tires.

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 Charger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Charger’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 Charger 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 Charger doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Charger’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Charger AWD’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Mercedes C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The C-Class Sedan is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Charger, 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 Charger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the C-Class Sedan’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The C-Class Sedan also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The Charger doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T, 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’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Charger, and is not available on all models.

The C-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Charger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The C-Class Sedan’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Charger can only raise 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 Charger’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Charger doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the C-Class Sedan to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The C-Class Sedan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge only offers heated mirrors on the Charger SXT/Rallye/R/T.

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 Charger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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Both the Mercedes C-Class Sedan and Dodge Charger won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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

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