1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $30,495
9 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Digital instrument panel · Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $30,495 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.2L 148 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$30,495
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
21MPG city
27MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.2L 148 hp I4
Power 148 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 155 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

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Considered tastefully conservative, and luxurious in power, styling, and engineering, the 1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 4-door sedan, doesn't come standard with a leather interior, although ... Read More
Considered tastefully conservative, and luxurious in power, styling, and engineering, the 1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 4-door sedan, doesn't come standard with a leather interior, although one is certainly optional. Standard issue is what's called M-B Tex, a synthetic leather look-alike that feels pretty close. The wood trim, though, is real walnut.
New to the '96 Mercedes C-class is a slightly altered instrument panel, even more rear legroom, cruise control an a remote-entry system. A traction control system is also added as an option.
Some have complained about the sound system and CD changer being a bit unreliable. Many believe that the acceleration can be a tad slow, but if also say that if you need to drive for days, this is the car to count on.
The car (naturally, it's a Mercedes-Benz) is considered quite safe, and eminently dependable.
Original MSRP: $35,845
4 national listings
Adds to C 220:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $35,845 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.8L 194 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$35,845
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.8L 194 hp I6
Power 194 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 199 lb-ft @ 3,750 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

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There were no engine changes to the 1996 Benz C280 this year; it still had its 2.8 liter, 6-cylinder, 194 hp behemoth that produced a sound, solid, even quiet ride. The dashboard is sti... Read More
There were no engine changes to the 1996 Benz C280 this year; it still had its 2.8 liter, 6-cylinder, 194 hp behemoth that produced a sound, solid, even quiet ride. The dashboard is still easy to read and control; a storage space in the center console; a high (albeit short) rear deck; ample rear seat room; and a trunk that's plenty big. And, ASR Traction control is optional.
This year, the taillights are attached to the body structure and, if you wanted to spring for it, an option was a headlight wiper system as were rear-retractable headrests in the back -- each lending additional safety features. As for comfort? If you're tall, you're still in luck. Even the front headrests adjust to ease those straining neck.
Most general complaints we learned of focused on the problem that isn't really a problem. If you want dependability, power, performance, comfort, and the ultimate drive, the '96 C280 is it. But, if you want "fun," perhaps the car isn't for you.
Sedan
Original MSRP: $51,595
Adds to C 220:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $51,595 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 3.6L 276 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
20MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$51,595
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
20MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

3.6L 276 hp I6
Power 276 hp @ 5,750 RPM
Torque 284 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

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C 36 AMG
Adds to C 220:
No additional major features.