Compare 2017 Lexus RC vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2017 Lexus RC
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RC 300 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RC RC 300 AWD 19 26 $39,776 $42,770
RC RC 300 F Sport AWD 19 26 $39,776 $42,770
RC RC 350 AWD 19 26 $42,015 $45,175
RC RC 350 F Sport AWD 19 26 $42,015 $45,175
RC RC 350 F Sport RWD 19 28 $39,999 $43,010
RC RC 350 RWD 19 28 $39,999 $43,010
RC RC Turbo F Sport RWD 22 32 $37,345 $40,155
RC RC Turbo RWD 22 32 $37,345 $40,155
RC F RWD 16 25 $59,673 $64,165
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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 $56,172 $60,400
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 20 28 $51,615 $55,500
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 20 28 $48,360 $52,000
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 22 $67,751 $72,850
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 23 $62,310 $67,000
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 22 $75,191 $80,850
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 23 $69,750 $75,000
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 18 24 $67,704 $72,800
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 18 25 $60,636 $65,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 29 $49,197 $52,900
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 23 29 $41,525 $44,650
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 24 31 $38,595 $41,500
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan with Luxury Pkg 24 31 $38,595 $41,500
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan with Sport Pkg 24 31 $38,595 $41,500
C-Class C 300 Convertible 23 31 $47,337 $50,900
C-Class C 300 Coupe 23 30 $39,665 $42,650
C-Class C 300 Sedan 24 34 $36,735 $39,500
C-Class C 300 Sedan with Luxury Pkg 24 34 $36,735 $39,500
C-Class C 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg 24 34 $36,735 $39,500
C-Class C 350e Sedan N/A N/A $42,827 $46,050
C-Class C 350e Sedan with Luxury Pkg N/A N/A $42,827 $46,050
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,776
$56,172
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,770
$60,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$713 / month
$1007 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
All Lexus RC models offer engaging dynamics and plenty of style, though this sporty coupe could stand to drop a few pounds and its base engines aren't up to snuff. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
34.8 35.6
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45.4 42
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 -
Second Leg Room (in)
27.3 32
Front Head Room (in)
39 38.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
82 -
Second Hip Room (in)
44.9 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
184.8 184.9
Height, Overall (in)
55.1 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 62.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.4 8.8
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 17.4
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA R02-D
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR18 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R02-D
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR18 P225/45HR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3891 4145
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 180
Engine
Displacement
3.5 L/211 3.0 L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Transmission
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.86
Summary
Body Style
Coupe 4MATIC Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
Lexus RC Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 8.0
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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