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

2012 Lexus IS F
2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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F 4-Door Sedan
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 C 250 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C 250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C 250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C 300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C 350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C 350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C 350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C 63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
Pricing
Invoice Price
$57,009
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$61,300
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1022 / month
$580 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Lexus IS F is a unique take on the luxury/performance formula, and will appeal to those that find the Germans too performance-focused. 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
16 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
183.5 180.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.7 56.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.3 12.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x - TBD - - 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)
13.6 x - TBD - - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 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
13.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/35YR19 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/40YR19 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/70MR18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3780 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 9.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
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)
100 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
371 @ 5200 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.0L/303 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
416 @ 6600 201 @ 5500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 21
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.72 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.46 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.59 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.86 1.92
Trans Type
8 7
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.17 3.42/2.23
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS F Mercedes-Benz C-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.)
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.2 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 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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