Mercedes Benz, presently 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 automobile manufacturers.
The problem here is that just one of their hybrids, the C-Class sedan comes in a flex fuel choice in the US. Their other ventures in hybrids such as the 400 BlueHYBRID and their research on coup model hybrids are just being offered in Europe in 2009.
We investigated 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 Mercedes E Class has comfortable searing and huge power and is a strong leader in the sport/extravagance sedan class. This sedan has double rate shock absorbers great for uneven pavement and the seats are great for extended periods. The interior has the controls all in the proper places with a central control handle that actually operates the entire infotainment options on a spring up screen. The 12-function steering wheel is also standard on the C-Class.
Once more, Mercedes Benz has produced a great sedan vehicle that performs well.
2009 Mercedes Benz CLK Class Sedan – The Worst
This model has not 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 the two models come in a convertible choice. They range in price from $48,100 to $64,800, depending on model and options chosen, and in spite of the fact that this is a well performing sedan, customer’s called it average for Mercedes Benz.
The sound 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 large and in charge 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 significantly longer than the US, yet 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.