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
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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.9 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 39.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
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 -
Brakes
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 -
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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.40 19.8
Steering
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
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.3 41.3
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 225/70SR16
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3715
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 80
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
192 @ 3500-4000 222 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA 1MZ-FE
Displacement
1.8L/110 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
189 @ 5800 220 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Transmission
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
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
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus RX 300
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door SUV
Suspension
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
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

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