Compare 2021 Lexus RC vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2021 Lexus RC
2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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RC 300 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RC RC 300 AWD 19 26 $41,766 $44,910
RC RC 300 F SPORT AWD 19 26 $45,445 $48,865
RC RC 300 F SPORT RWD 21 31 $43,423 $46,690
RC RC 300 RWD 21 31 $39,263 $42,220
RC RC 350 AWD 19 26 $44,002 $47,315
RC RC 350 F SPORT AWD 19 26 $47,644 $51,230
RC RC 350 F SPORT RWD 20 28 $46,146 $49,620
RC RC 350 RWD 20 28 $41,991 $45,150
RC F RC F RWD 16 24 $61,359 $65,975
RC F RC F Track RWD 16 24 $90,392 $97,200
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AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Convertible 19 27 $61,570 $65,500
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe 19 27 $55,460 $59,000
C-Class AMG C 43 4MATIC Sedan 18 27 $53,110 $56,500
C-Class AMG C 63 Convertible 17 25 $73,320 $78,000
C-Class AMG C 63 Coupe 17 26 $66,411 $70,650
C-Class AMG C 63 S Convertible 17 25 $80,464 $85,600
C-Class AMG C 63 S Coupe 17 26 $73,555 $78,250
C-Class AMG C 63 S Sedan 17 26 $71,628 $76,200
C-Class AMG C 63 Sedan 17 26 $64,484 $68,600
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Convertible 22 30 $53,298 $56,700
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Coupe 23 32 $46,248 $49,200
C-Class C 300 4MATIC Sedan 23 33 $40,984 $43,600
C-Class C 300 Convertible 23 31 $51,418 $54,700
C-Class C 300 Coupe 24 33 $44,368 $47,200
C-Class C 300 Sedan 23 35 $39,104 $41,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,766
$61,570
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,910
$65,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$749 / month
$1092 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Lexus RC sports coupe dials up the fun while still being affordable. Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.8 -
Second Hip Room (in)
44.9 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.8
Second Head Room (in)
34.8 35.6
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 47.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 3.6
Length, Overall (in)
185 184.8
Height, Overall (in)
55.1 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
63 61.3
Wheelbase (in)
107.5 111.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 71.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.4 8.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 14.2
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.4 17.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 38.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/45VR18 P225/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA R02
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45VR18 P245/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA R02
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3891 4204
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
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 NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
236 @ 2000 384 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/211 3.0 L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6600 385 @ 6100
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Transmission
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 All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 4.80
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.86
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus RC Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
Coupe 4MATIC Cabriolet
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
8.1 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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2021 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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  • Lease: From $449/mo.
  • Discounts: Up to $3,000 off (Sedan)
  • Finance: 1.99% APR for 36 mo.
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