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
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
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 53.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 58.0
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 106.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 10.4
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.4
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Vehicle-Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3840 3585
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front 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
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
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 -
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250C Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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