#5: Mercedes-Benz C Class
- Small overlap frontal crash test rating: poor
- J.D. Power Initial Quality: 2 out of 5
- Price: $37,220
- 2011 sales: 43,349
The Mercedes C-Class was given a score of “poor” in its small overlap frontal crash test, despite receiving good marks on the other IIHS tests. Neither the side curtain nor side torso airbags deployed in the test, and the dummy’s foot was stuck beneath the brake pedal. The pedal had to be cut off to free the foot. IIHS also noted the seat belt allowed for too much forward movement, with the head at risk of hitting the A-pillar, which is the vertical support near the driver’s seat. In 2011, sales were 8.8% higher than 2007 sales and 17.9% higher than in 2010.