Compare 2009 Lexus IS vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2009 Lexus IS
2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic AWD 20 26 $31,440 $34,935
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $29,226 $32,475
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $28,174 $31,305
IS 350 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic 18 25 $33,078 $36,755
IS F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $51,082 $56,760
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.5L Sport RWD 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD 12 19 $50,034 $53,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,440
$32,401
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,935
$34,840
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$581 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Lexus IS gives BMW, Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little softer than those sedans. More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.3 89.0
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.0 37.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26
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)
11.45 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.86
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 17.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 35.6
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front 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)
3651 3737
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 221 @ 2700 - 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 228 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.42 (R2 2.23)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.10 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.52 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA 3-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-Arm Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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