Compare 2011 Lexus IS 350 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2011 Lexus IS 350
2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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350 4-Door Sedan RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 19 27 $29,966 $33,295
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $31,019 $34,465
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 27 $33,233 $36,925
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 20 27 $35,748 $39,720
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 18 25 $37,962 $42,180
250C 2-Door Convertible Manual 18 26 $37,072 $41,190
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 29 $38,124 $42,360
350C 2-Door Convertible 20 27 $41,976 $46,640
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $54,594 $60,660
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4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Sport 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Luxury 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,748
$31,611
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,720
$33,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$662 / month
$567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 look and drive like sport sedans, but they're not as performance-oriented as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.7 88.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 36.9
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 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 4.1
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.4 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 12.4
Brakes
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 - 11.8 x 0.86
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)
13.1 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 17.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.90 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR17 P245/40R17
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3527 3527
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
277 @ 4800 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/210 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
306 @ 6400 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.75
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 4.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.78
Trans Order Code
NA 411
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.08 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.25
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.52 5.10
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 350 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 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.)
w/Coil Springs 3-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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