2011 BMW
335i
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
C350

2011 Mercedes-Benz C350

10.0

starting from

$40,865

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz C350

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More airbags
6
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Entertainment system
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More gears
7
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
2011 BMW 335i

9.8

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BMW 335i

starting from

$42,925
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
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"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Fast 0-60 time
5.2 seconds
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Average-sized front seats
51.2 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 Winner: C350
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  • The C350 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 Winner: C350
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C350; but it's not available at all on the 335i
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 Winner: C350
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  • The C350's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The C350 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
  • Almost the same, 35.5 ft vs 36.1 ft
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • A standard folding rear seat on the C350 is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 335i
  • People mover
  • Neither offers power outlets
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both offer an upgrade to leather
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Safety Features

Mercedes-Benz
C350
2011 Mercedes-Benz C350
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The C350 has a good number of airbags, but the 335i is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

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C350
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Number of speakers 8 vs 10 The 335i has an OK number of speakers, while the C350 has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C350; but it's not available at all on the 335i

Performance

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C350
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The 335i is of average power, but the C350 is underpowered
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The C350 has more gears and the 335i is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the C350's semi-automatic transmission and the 335i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The 335i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.5 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.5 ft vs 36.1 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Cost

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C350
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335i
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MSRP $40,865 vs $42,925 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Practicality

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C350
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 435 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 12.4 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 49.0 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The 335i has average-sized front seats, while the C350 is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the C350 is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 335i
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power outlets Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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C350
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Road Tests

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C350
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335i
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0-60 mph 6.1 seconds vs 5.2 seconds The 335i has a good 0-60 time, but the C350 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 134 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 13.8 s @ 102 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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C350
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335i
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 BMW 328i 2012 Acura TL 328i vs TL
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Lexus IS 250 328i vs IS 250
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Audi A5 Premium 335i vs A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG C63 AMG vs E63 AMG
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 2011 Infiniti G37 C300 Sport vs G37
2011 Mercedes-Benz C350 2011 Lexus IS 350 C350 vs IS 350
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury 2011 Toyota Camry XLE C300 Luxury vs Camry XLE
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 2011 Audi A4 Premium C300 Sport vs A4 Premium

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