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Lexus IS 300 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In comparing the Lexus IS 300 to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus IS 300 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and overall quality score. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the area of base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Lexus IS 300 versus the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus IS 300 is a better car than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Lexus IS 300 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Lexus IS 300 ranges from $33,427 to $42,951 while a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the same model year range is priced between $35,990 to $63,434. For a new model, the Lexus IS 300's price is between $39,924 and $47,854, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class priced between $43,465 and $53,773.

Lexus IS 300 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Lexus IS 300 is 9.2 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class' quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Lexus IS 300 being ranked 2 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class being ranked 3 out of 39.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Lexus IS 300’s base engine makes 241 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class base engine makes 255 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Lexus IS 300 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room and front leg room. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the areas of rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

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2023 Lexus IS 300

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,924 - $47,854

Used Asking Price:

$33,427 - $42,951

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.3%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$43,465 - $53,773

Used Asking Price:

$35,990 - $63,434

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 39
4 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 39
7 / 39

Summary Review

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Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Convertible

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base

Trim Levels

AMG C 43, C 300 4MATIC, C 300

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

241 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1650 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.065 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

295 foot-lbs @ 1800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.067 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 31 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

365 / 539 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

32.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.4 inches

Cargo Space:

10.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

90.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

37.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

90.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3715 lbs

Width:

72.4 inches

Height:

56.5 inches

Length:

185.4 inches

Wheelbase:

110.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3825 lbs

Width:

80 inches

Height:

56.6 inches

Length:

187 inches

Wheelbase:

112.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

3.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/45R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18