Compare 2010 Lexus IS vs 2010 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2010 Lexus IS
2010 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 $32,196 $35,775
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 29 $29,983 $33,315
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Manual RWD 18 26 $28,929 $32,145
IS 250C 2-Door Conv Automatic 21 29 $36,548 $40,610
IS 250C 2-Door Conv Manual 18 26 $35,495 $39,440
IS 350 4-Door Sedan 18 25 $33,833 $37,595
IS 350C 2-Door Conv 18 25 $40,399 $44,890
IS F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $52,612 $58,460
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4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 18 25 $34,503 $37,100
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD 18 26 $31,248 $33,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 18 25 $34,503 $37,100
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport RWD 18 26 $31,248 $33,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 17 25 $36,968 $39,750
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 12 19 $53,336 $57,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,196
$34,503
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,775
$37,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$596 / month
$618 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Lexus IS gives BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Infiniti a real challenge, though it's still a little less performance-oriented than the competition. The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.3 88.2
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 33.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 4.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 182.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 12.4
Brakes
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)
11.4 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.86
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)
11.6 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 17.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 35.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45R17
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 - TBD -
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 20
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 3.42/2.23
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 - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-link
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5 (2009)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 9.3

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