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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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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
350 4-Door Sedan RWD
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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
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 13.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 17.1
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P225/45VR17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17 P245/45VR17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3319 3527
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 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
Displacement 1.8L/110 3.5L/210
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 201 @ 5500 306 @ 6400
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 229 @ 2200 - 4300 277 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 27
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class Lexus IS 350
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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 -
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 8.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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