Compare 2013 Lexus IS 350 vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2013 Lexus IS 350
2013 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 Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,611 $35,065
250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 21 27 $34,898 $37,525
350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,496 $40,320
350 4-Door Sedan AWD 19 26 $39,787 $42,780
250C 2-Door Convertible Automatic 21 30 $39,627 $42,610
350C 2-Door Convertible 19 27 $43,609 $46,890
F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,430 $61,750
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4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,876 $35,350
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $33,266 $35,770
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $35,154 $37,800
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 20 28 $36,224 $38,950
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 20 28 $36,605 $39,360
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $38,502 $41,400
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $40,176 $43,200
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $42,036 $45,200
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $55,614 $59,800
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,967 $62,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,496
$32,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,320
$35,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$672 / month
$589 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 look like exciting sport sedans--especially in F Sport guise--though they're not as fun to drive or even as fuel-efficient as other small sport sedans. For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 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)
85.7 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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 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)
13.15 x - TBD - - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.91 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.4 - TBD -
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)
3527 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
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
306 @ 6400 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
277 @ 4800 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/210 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)
27 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.716 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.224 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.042 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.083 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.586 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.520 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.400 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 350 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
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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