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Both the Camaro and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (6 vs. 5 years).
There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 30th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.
The Camaro’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 20 more horsepower (275 vs. 255) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (335 vs. 255) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro LT1/SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 200 more horsepower (455 vs. 255) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 395 more horsepower (650 vs. 255) and 377 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The C-Class Coupe requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Camaro has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Coupe (19 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a manual transmission.
A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the C-Class Coupe.
The Camaro (except LS/LT)’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Coupe:
The Camaro stops much shorter than the C-Class Coupe:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the C-Class Coupe (245/50R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Coupe (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).
The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Coupe’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Camaro has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The C-Class Coupe doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Camaro offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The C-Class Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Coupe.
The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the C 300 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3 seconds quicker than the C 300 4MATIC (22.9 seconds @ .91 average G’s vs. 25.9 seconds @ .71 average G’s).
The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Coupe.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the C-Class Coupe is rated a Subcompact.
The Camaro Coupe has 13.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Coupe (93 vs. 79.3).
The Camaro Coupe has 1.9 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the C-Class Coupe.
The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The C-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.
Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camaro with a number “1” insurance rate while the C-Class Coupe is rated higher at a number “3” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Coupe because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the C-Class Coupe, including $241 less for a water pump, $62 less for a muffler, $212 less for a starter, $234 less for a fuel pump, $141 less for front struts and $365 less for a power steering pump.
The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 5 years. The C-Class Coupe has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The C-Class Coupe has never been chosen.
The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The C-Class Coupe has never been an “All Star.”
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