Compare 2018 Lexus IS vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2018 Lexus IS
2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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IS 300 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
IS IS 300 AWD 19 26 $37,814 $40,660
IS IS 300 F Sport AWD 19 26 $37,814 $40,660
IS IS 300 F Sport RWD 22 32 $35,535 $38,210
IS IS 300 RWD 22 32 $35,535 $38,210
IS IS 350 AWD 19 26 $40,916 $43,995
IS IS 350 F Sport AWD 19 26 $40,916 $43,995
IS IS 350 F Sport RWD 20 28 $38,903 $41,830
IS IS 350 RWD 20 28 $38,903 $41,830
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AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible 19 26 $56,544 $60,800
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 20 27 $51,987 $55,900
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 20 27 $49,662 $53,400
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 22 $68,355 $73,500
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 23 $62,775 $67,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 22 $75,795 $81,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 23 $70,215 $75,500
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 18 24 $68,541 $73,700
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 18 24 $61,473 $66,100
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 29 $49,476 $53,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 22 30 $42,036 $45,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 23 32 $39,293 $42,250
C-Class C 300 Convertible 22 29 $47,616 $51,200
C-Class C 300 Coupe 22 30 $40,176 $43,200
C-Class C 300 Sedan 24 33 $37,433 $40,250
C-Class C 350e Sedan N/A N/A $44,547 $47,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,814
$56,544
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,660
$60,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$678 / month
$1013 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Lexus IS needs more powertrain guts, and more styling glory, to tackle the cars it wants to take down. Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Hip Room (in)
54 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
44.8 42
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.2 -
Front Hip Room (in)
54.3 -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.2 32
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 -
Length, Overall (in)
184.3 184.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.8 8.8
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)
12.2 12.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 14.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P225/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45VR17 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA STDTR
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3737 4145
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6400 362 @ 5500
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 2000 384 @ 2000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/211 3.0 L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 4.93
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 3.24
Trans Order Code
NA 421
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.64
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.52 5.35
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.07
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 2.25
Trans Type
6 9
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4MATIC Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
Lexus IS Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 180
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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