Compare 2010 Lexus IS 250C vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class

2010 Lexus IS 250C
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class
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250C 2-Door Convertible Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $28,929 $32,145
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $29,983 $33,315
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $32,196 $35,775
350 4-Door Sedan 18 25 $33,833 $37,595
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 18 26 $35,495 $39,440
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 29 $36,548 $40,610
350C 2-Door Convertible 18 25 $40,399 $44,890
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $52,612 $58,460
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2-Door Coupe 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 3.5L 17 25 $43,198 $46,450
2-Door Cabriolet 3.5L 17 25 $50,685 $54,500
2-Door Coupe 5.5L 15 22 $51,290 $55,150
2-Door Cabriolet 5.5L 15 21 $58,776 $63,200
2-Door Cabriolet 6.3L AMG 12 18 $83,235 $89,500
2-Door Coupe 6.3L AMG Black Series 12 19 $125,550 $135,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,495
$43,198
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,440
$46,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$657 / month
$774 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Can’t make up your mind between practicality and performance in a convertible? The 2010 Lexus IS 350C is a nice, sporty middle ground for top-down thrills. If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
25.9 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
43.3 45.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
87.9 82.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 42.0
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 58.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 106.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 183.2
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 10.4
Brakes
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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 35.3
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/45VR17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3840 3585
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 258 @ 2400 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 268 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 - TBD -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 - TBD -
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - TBD -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.47 - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250C Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-Arm Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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