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2018 Honda Accord Touring vs. Mercedes C-Class C 300

 

When it comes to luxury cars, few names aside from Mercedes-Benz spring to mind. As one of the marquee luxury auto brands, Mercedes certainly builds attractive vehicles—there’s no question about it. But what’s in a name, really?

Take the C-Class C 300, for instance. Sure, it has the quintessential Mercedes style, but are you simply paying a premium for the luminous tri-pointed emblem and prestigious name? If you’re considering the C-Class as your next new luxury sedan, you may want to buck the “Mercedes or Bust” status quo in favor of a more practical car like the redesigned Accord Touring.

Accord vs. C-Class: Price Comparison

Even fully decked out with every possible Honda feature, the 2018 Accord Touring 2.0T has a lower MSRP than the base Mercedes C 300, which comes in above $40,000. You’ll be saving in the neighborhood of $5,000 by choosing the range-topping Accord.

When comparing a luxury car like the C-Class with a more practical sedan, the long-term costs for maintenance can be a shock to shoppers. You’re likely to spend more on regular maintenance and repairs for that Euro-brand car than an Accord. Plus, Honda-made vehicles are extremely reliable, rarely needing any significant work through the first 100,000 miles. Luxury cars are far less reliable and require more upkeep, which equates to more of your hard-earned dollars forked over.

Better yet, with the Honda Accord Touring, you’ll be better positioned to make a pretty penny when it’s time to resell. Unlike Accords, which continually have some of the highest 60-month residual values in the country, the C-Class has a much smaller buyers’ base, therefore reducing its resell value drastically.

Accord vs. C-Class: Engine Comparison

Every 2018 Accord Touring 2.0T is equipped with a 2.0L VTEC turbo-4 (252 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque) and brand-spankin’ new 10-speed AT. And that’s what makes the latest Accord truly shine; off the line, the 10-speed shifts seamlessly, pushing the Accord from 0 to 60 in a blistering 5.7 seconds. Driving the Honda flagship sedan, you’d think you were piloting a far more exotic vehicle.

With a pairing of its 9G-TRONIC (9-speed) automatic and 2.0L turbocharged I-4, the Mercedes C 300 is no slouch, churning out 273 lb.-ft. of torque and 241 ponies. But even with a lower redline, the C-Class C 300 fails to outpace the Accord Touring, producing a truly lackluster 5.8-second finish in the standard 0-to-60 sprint. You’d expect a luxury sedan with a prestigious “Mercedes” badge to deliver more—especially more than a so-called inferior car like the Accord.

Accord vs. C-Class-Passenger and Cargo Space

Accord vs. C-Class: Passenger & Cargo Space

Although the C 300 is categorized as a “small car,” its length (~194 in.) and weight (~3800 lbs.) puts it on the field with midsize big boys like the Accord. Unfortunately for the C-Class, it didn’t get the game-time memo, offering a measly 12.6 cubic feet of cargo space and just 88.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. A five-seater the C 300 does not appear to be, although that’s how it’s labeled.

A true five-seater, the Accord Touring is like a second home with its 102.7-cubic-foot cabin and 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Compared to the C-Class, the Accord offers more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room, too.

Accord vs. C-Class: Safety & Features

Most shoppers decide on a luxury car because of its luxury features—and rightfully so. But what many shoppers don’t know is that range-topping trims of “non-luxury” sedans come standard with comparable features, if not more of them.

For example, the Honda Accord Touring comes with a handful of standard features that you’d assume the C 300 would have. (You know what they say about assuming.)

  • Head-Up Display – Keeps your eyes on the road by projecting pertinent information on the windshield, including turn-by-turn directions, speed, smartphone calls, and safety warnings. The C-Class offers this feature only as an option.
  • Ventilated Front Seats – The humidity of South Florida can become frustrating, but the Accord’s standard ventilated front seats circulate cool air through the perforated leather upholstery to keep you comfortable. This feature is only available on higher C 300 trims.
  • Wireless Phone Charging – Cut the cord, figuratively, by charging your smartphone on the standard Qi charging pad. The C-Class doesn’t offer this.
  • Blind Spot Warning – Monitors approaching vehicles and displays warnings on your side mirrors if objects are hidden in your blind spots. This is an optional feature on the C 300.
  • Navigation with Voice Recognition – Set your destination by barely lifting a finger, and let the Accord do all the hard work. Voice control is only available on certain C-Class trims.
  • Mobile Hotspot – The Accord Touring also comes standard with an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. You’d have to pay an additional fee to add this to a C 300.

You may think we’re just a group of biased Honda dealers in South Florida—and that’s true—but we just go by the facts, and the facts all point to the new Accord being the winner.

All Arrows Point To The Honda Accord Touring

All Arrows Point To The Honda Accord Touring

It’s obvious that the top Accord Touring 2.0T model is a far superior investment than the rival Mercedes C-Class. You’ll spend less, make more, and enjoy features that the base C 300 couldn’t even dream of having. (Of course, if you want to foolishly pay thousands more for just the name, by all means: go with the C-Class.)

But if you’re a savvy spender who doesn’t like being taken advantage of, a trip to one of our South Florida Honda dealerships is in your future. Find your nearest Honda dealer to get a quote on the new Accord Touring, and make the wise decision.

 

 

Sources & Photos:

https://automobiles.honda.com/accord-sedan

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/class/class-C/bodystyle-SDN

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/honda/accord

https://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/accord/2018/2018-honda-accord-first-test/

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/mercedes-benz/c-class