Compare 1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 1998 Lexus ES 300 Luxury Sport Sedan

1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class
1998 Lexus ES 300 Luxury Sport Sedan
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4-Door Sedan 2.3L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.3L 23 30 $26,490 $30,450
4-Door Sedan 2.8L 21 27 $30,800 $35,400
4-Door Sedan 4.3L AMG 17 22 $45,890 $52,750
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 27 $26,745 $30,790
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,490
$26,745
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,450
$30,790
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 54.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 43.5
Front Hip Room (in)
50.9 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
32.8 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 38.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88 92.1
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 53.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 36.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 54.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.9 105.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 60.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 190.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.9 13.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.35 10.5 x 0.39
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 0.47 10.7 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel, 4-Channel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.7
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.85 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.2 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P205/65R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
205/60R15 P205/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
205/60R15 P205/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 582
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4000 212 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
147 @ 5500 198 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.93 2.81
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.10 (1.90 Winter Mode) 2.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.933
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.74
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus ES 300 Luxury Sport Sdn
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Independent

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