Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 2012 Lexus IS 350

2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
2012 Lexus IS 350
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4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
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350 4-Door Sedan RWD
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,364
$37,403
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,800
$40,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$580 / month
$670 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 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)
- TBD - 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 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)
- TBD - 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)
- TBD - 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.8 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 107.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 13.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.2 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 - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 17.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.5 2.9
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)
3319 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
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
229 @ 2200 - 4300 277 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 3.5L/210
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 5500 306 @ 6400
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.40
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42/2.23 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.04
Trans Order Code
427 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus IS 350
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
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.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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