Compare 2013 Lexus IS vs 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2013 Lexus IS
2013 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 21 27 $34,898 $37,525
IS 250 4-Door Sport Sedan Automatic RWD 21 30 $32,611 $35,065
IS 250C 2-Door Conv Automatic 21 30 $39,627 $42,610
IS 350 4-Door Sedan AWD 19 26 $39,787 $42,780
IS 350 4-Door Sedan RWD 19 27 $37,496 $40,320
IS 350C 2-Door Conv 19 27 $43,609 $46,890
IS F 4-Door Sedan 16 23 $57,430 $61,750
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2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 250 RWD 21 31 $35,154 $37,800
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 4MATIC 19 28 $42,036 $45,200
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 350 RWD 19 28 $40,176 $43,200
C-Class 2-Door Coupe C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $57,967 $62,330
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Luxury RWD 21 31 $33,266 $35,770
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD 21 31 $32,876 $35,350
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury 4MATIC 20 28 $36,605 $39,360
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 300 Sport 4MATIC 20 28 $36,224 $38,950
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 350 Sport RWD 20 29 $38,502 $41,400
C-Class 4-Door Sedan C 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $55,614 $59,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,898
$35,154
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,525
$37,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$625 / month
$630 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 look like exciting sport sedans--especially in F Sport guise--though they're not as fun to drive or even as fuel-efficient as other small sport sedans. For those who are image-conscious yet value-conscious, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C Class sedans and coupes make a lot of sense.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 54.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.7 81.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 50.3
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
30.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 180.7
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 54.8
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 - TBD -
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)
11.45 x - TBD - - 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)
11.65 x - TBD - - TBD -
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 Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Tires
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
P245/45VR17 P245/40R17
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)
3651 3419
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
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
Displacement
2.5L/152 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
204 @ 6400 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 4800 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.400 1.92
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.716 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.224 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.042 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.100 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.586 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.520 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS 250 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.9 7.5
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
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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