Mercedes Benz, now run by the Daimler Group, seems to be taking fuel efficiency, sustainable and alternative energy to a higher scale than some of the other European auto manufacturers.
The problem here is that only one of their hybrids, the C-Class sedan comes in a flex fuel option in the US. Their other ventures in hybrids such as the 400 BlueHYBRID and their research on coup model hybrids are only being offered in Europe in 2009.
We took a look at two of their sedans for 2009.
2009 Mercedes Benz C-Class Sedan - The Best
The 2009 C-Class Sedan offered by Mercedes Benz comes in 3 models: the Sport, Luxury and Sport 4Matic. Both the Sport and Luxury model come in rear-wheel drive and have 3.0 liter, 6 cylinder engines. The Sport 4Matic is all-wheel drive and has the same engine options. With 21 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, this sedan is priced from $32.900 to $36,200 depending on model options.
The C-Class has comfortable searing and big power and is a strong leader in the sport/luxury sedan class. This sedan has dual-rate shock absorbers great for uneven pavement and the seats are great for long hauls. The interior has the controls all in the proper places with a central control knob that actually operates the entire infotainment options on a pop-up screen. The 12-function steering wheel is also standard on the C-Class.
Once again, Mercedes Benz has produced a great sedan vehicle that performs well.
2009 Mercedes Benz CLK Class Sedan - The Worst
This model hasn't improved much from the 2008 model and is considered by consumers to be in the mid-range of Mercedes Benz sedans. It comes in two models, the CLK350 and the CLK550.
The CLK350 has a 3.5 liter, 6 cylinder engine and the 550 model has a 5.5 liter, 8 cylinder engine and both models come in a convertible option. They range in price from $48,100 to $64,800, depending on model and options chosen, and although this is a well performing sedan, customer's called it "average" for Mercedes Benz.
The audio and climate controls are very complex and trunk space is not the best. Most consumers would have liked to have seen some improvements to this Mercedes Benz sedan for model year 2009.
Summing Up Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz will always be on top of their game with quality sedans and have ventured into crossover vehicles as well. While we compared two of their sedan models, they have a great line-up for 2009.
We guess Europe has been around a lot longer than the US, but we have caught up pretty quickly on our environmental concerns so we hope Mercedes Benz steps up and gives American's more options in the very near future.
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