The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact, entry-level luxury sedan which offers seating for five passengers. The C230 is powered by a 2.3L four-cylinder engine which develops 147 hp and earns 30 mpg on the highway. Under the hood of the C280 is a 2.8L V6 which is rated at 194 hp. The mighty C43 squeezes a 4.3L V8 engine under the hood which produces 302 hp. All trims are RWD and all operate with a five-speed automatic transmission.