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Lexus IS 350 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

In comparing the Lexus IS 350 to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus IS 350 has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Lexus IS 350 versus the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a better car than the Lexus IS 350.

Lexus IS 350 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Lexus IS 350 ranges from $34,344 to $44,980 while a used Mercedes-Benz C-Class from the same model year range is priced between $28,998 to $47,824. For a new model, the Lexus IS 350's price is between $46,982 and $55,271, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class priced between $45,174 and $57,491.

Lexus IS 350 versus Mercedes-Benz C-Class Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Lexus IS 350 is 9.3 out of 10 while the Mercedes-Benz C-Class' quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Lexus IS 350 being ranked 1 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 350’s base engine makes 311 horsepower, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class base engine makes 255 horsepower. The IS 350 is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 487 miles. The C-Class is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 626 miles. Both models use premium unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Lexus IS 350 has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Lexus IS 350 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Lexus IS 350

2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$46,982 - $55,271

Used Asking Price:

$34,344 - $44,980

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.3%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$45,174 - $57,491

Used Asking Price:

$28,998 - $47,824

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.3 / 10

Reliability:

8.9 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 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

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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

F SPORT, F SPORT Design

Trim Levels

AMG C 43, C 300, C 300 4MATIC, AMG C 63 S

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:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

311 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

280 foot-lbs @ 4800 rpm

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

0.083 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:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

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

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

348 / 487 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):

25 / 36 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

435 / 626 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

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:

Standard

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:

37.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

12.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

93.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3748 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:

19.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

235/35R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R18