Compare 2003 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2003 Lexus RX 300

2003 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2003 Lexus RX 300
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2-Door Coupe 1.8L 1.8L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 1.8L 1.8L 21 31 $23,204 $24,950
2-Door Sport Coupe 3.2L 17 25 $25,389 $27,300
4-Door Sedan Sport 1.8L Automatic 1.8L 23 32 $26,031 $27,990
4-Door Sedan Sport 1.8L Manual 1.8L 21 31 $26,031 $27,990
4-Door Sedan 2.6L 17 26 $27,807 $29,900
4-Door Wagon 2.6L 17 26 $29,202 $31,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 2.6L 19 25 $30,713 $33,025
4-Door Wagon AWD 2.6L 19 25 $32,108 $34,525
4-Door Sedan 3.2L 17 25 $32,736 $35,200
4-Door Sport Sedan 3.2L 17 25 $32,736 $35,200
4-Door Wagon 3.2L 17 25 $34,131 $36,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 3.2L 19 25 $35,642 $38,325
4-Door Sport Sedan AWD 3.2L 19 25 $35,642 $38,325
4-Door Wagon AWD 3.2L 19 25 $37,037 $39,825
4-Door Sedan 3.2L AMG 17 21 $46,872 $50,400
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4-Door SUV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door SUV 19 23 $30,909 $35,125
4-Door SUV 4WD 18 22 $32,493 $36,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,204
$30,909
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,950
$35,125
Monthly Payment Estimate
$416 / month
$585 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size Station Wgn
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.7 55.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 57.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 38.6
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.7 57.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 40.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 55.2
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 36.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85 110
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
58.8 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 7.7
Length, Overall (in)
171.0 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
54.3 65.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.6 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
106.9 103.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.0 71.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 75.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 39.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
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)
- TBD - 11.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.40 19.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.3 41.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 43.3
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 225/70SR16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - 225/70SR16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 225/70SR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3715
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
189 @ 5800 220 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
192 @ 3500-4000 222 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA 1MZ-FE
Displacement
1.8L/110 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.02
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.41
Trans Type
6 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door SUV
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus RX 300
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-arm Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 3-link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut

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