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author photo by Jabari Jones June 2016

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is sometimes also known as the Baby Benz sedan. In the past, that wasn't always meant as a compliment. Some believe Mercedes is better at building big cars, whereas BMW's seen as the master of smaller sport sedans. But the gloves are now off with the 2016 C-Class, and the result is a fully competitive car that just might give BMW some late nights. We have five reasons why this Baby Benz is all grown-up.

S-Class Styling

Back in the '90s, the C-Class looked like the executive-grade S-Class, and with the current model, Benz is getting back to that family resemblance. From each and every angle, the C-Class looks like a smaller S-Class, and the proportions are just perfect. Check out the regal, upright grille. The curves flow back to the tapered tail with LED lighting. This is the most upscale-looking car in its segment.

Power and Efficiency

Even the base C300 has a capable turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower, returning 31 miles per gallon on the highway with all-wheel drive. That's great fuel economy for that type of performance -- not to mention there's a diesel option and even a plug-in hybrid.

Advanced Dynamics

Mercedes understands most owners aren't at the track every weekend, so the engineers gave the C-Class a truly regal ride. Nothing disrupts this car's composure; it's a true luxury experience. At the same time, the handling is more capable than ever with four selectable drive modes. If you want to have some fun on a back road, the C-Class is certainly ready. You can even get the optional AIRMATIC air suspension if you want to float like a cloud over rutted roads.

Exceptional Interior

Clearly, the S-Class inspiration is more than skin-deep. The cabin in the C-Class is impeccably trimmed with exquisite materials and a sleek, modern look that departs from Benz's conservative norm. There's absolutely nothing entry-level about it. Also, the COMAND infotainment system now has a cool touchpad interface with smartphonelike functionality, yet it hasn't lost its user-friendly interface with handy menus on the top and bottom of each screen.

Just-Right Size

The C-Class is large enough for four adults, and there's plenty of room in the trunk, yet it always feels nimble from behind the wheel and it's fairly easy to park. This car is designed with contemporary lifestyles in mind, and it's a great fit for almost any occasion. In fact, it will be interesting to see if some E-Class shoppers will choose the cheaper, more agile and arguably more stylish C-Class instead.

Autotrader Says

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is good at just about everything. Take one for a spin and see if you agree that this is the best Baby Benz yet.

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