Compare 2008 Lexus IS 250 vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2008 Lexus IS 250
2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $27,460 $30,855
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $28,501 $32,025
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $30,689 $34,485
350 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic 18 25 $32,311 $36,305
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $49,840 $56,000
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4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Sport 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Luxury 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Sport 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.5L Sport 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,460
$29,388
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,855
$31,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$514 / month
$527 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans. More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 37.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.3 89.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 36.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.1 182.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.45 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.91 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 35.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 3560
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.47 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-Arm Multi-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent

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