Compare 2012 Lexus IS 250 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2012 Lexus IS 250
2012 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 19 28 $31,430 $33,795
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,518 $34,965
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $34,805 $37,425
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,403 $40,220
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 26 $39,694 $42,680
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 19 28 $38,308 $41,190
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,396 $42,360
350C 2-Door Convertible 19 27 $43,374 $46,640
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,009 $61,300
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4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,430
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,795
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$563 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.3 88.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.6
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 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 180.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.4 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
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)
17.2 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 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 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.27 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.18 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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