We sold a fully loaded 2015 Honda Accord because of our poor experience with the cheap build quality & poor dealer service. I had on my list of cars to try BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, & Audi. I wanted the following: 4 doors, V6, All wheel drive, able to fit in my garage, good acceleration, great handling, solid "feel" & a backup cam. The Lexus was a little too small, the Audi just didn't do it for me & I could only afford the 4 cyl., and last, my wife has a negative view of BMW drivers (so that was a non-starter.). The Mercedes really impressed from the beginning. It felt solid, it didn't sream "look at me", handled fantastic, it was quick, and is very stable driving in snow. I would take a 1 year old C300 over a new Accord any day.
While the car looks great (cherry red 4-door, sporty) its construction is not optimal. For example, the turning signals are below the windshield wipers in a spot you would not expect. The auxiliary and IPOD jacks are in the glove compartment- not handy at all. It has been extremely difficult to connect my smartphone to the hands free system in the car- it is not intuitive and the manual is not that helpful. It has been equally difficulty to set up the auxiliary function.
The car does ride relatively smooth, but since it is a lower end Benz it is not that quiet on the inside. The stereo sound is great and I am really enjoying the sunroof. The car gets lousy gas mileage and it requires the use of premium gas. The speed is great however! The zero to sixty is fantastic!
I like the dual climate control and seat warmers although I have not really used either. I do not like that the car came with a donut rather than a full tire.
In sum, the car has some good features but a lot remains to be desired.
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