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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan C300 Sport RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Sport 18 26 $31,611 $33,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $34,866 $37,490
4-Door Sedan RWD C300 Luxury 18 26 $33,387 $35,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,247 $37,900
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 17 25 $37,191 $39,990
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 12 19 $54,126 $58,200
4-Door Sedan RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 20 27 $35,748 $39,720
4-Door Sedan AWD 18 25 $37,962 $42,180
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,611
$35,748
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$39,720
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$662 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans aren't that spacious for back-seat riders, but they offer top-notch luxury along with a sporty flavor that takes aim at BMW. The 2011 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 look and drive like sport sedans, but they're not as performance-oriented as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 30.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 37.2
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.2 85.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 36.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 52.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 43.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 54.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.1 5.7
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 180.3
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 107.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 13.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x 1.26 13.1 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) 11.8 x 0.86 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 17.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5 2.90
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 13.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.5 33.5
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17 P245/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527 3527
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 100
Engine
Fuel System SMPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000 277 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.5L/210
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6000 306 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 20
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.59
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 5.10 3.52
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.75 1.40
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.63 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.78 2.04
Trans Order Code 411 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07 4.08
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus IS 350
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - TBD - 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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