A Mercedes That Grips the Road

The all-wheel-drive version of the C350 compact luxury four-door offers good value and solid performance in all weather conditions

On dry pavement, the new Mercedes C350 is a quick, nimble compact luxury four-door that performs similarly to BMW's 3-series sedans. In short, it's a lot of fun to drive in the spring, summer, and fall. But for snowbelt denizens like me, the big question this time of year is: How does the all-wheel-drive version of the C350 -- the 4Matic -- do on ice and snow?

Still, I'm anxious to see if all-wheel-drive Audis and BMWs do as well as the Mercedes on snow and ice. I just hope the bad weather holds up so I can test Mercedes' rivals under truly nasty conditions. As the song says: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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