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2020 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

New 2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Lexus
IS 300

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New 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

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MSRP*
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$38,560 to $41,010
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$41,400 to $43,400
Invoice* $35,861 to $38,139 $38,916 to $40,796
MPG - City 18 - 21 23 - 24
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 33 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class than the Lexus IS 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus IS 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Lexus IS 300, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus IS 300 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus IS 300 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus IS 300 is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. When looking at overall length, the Lexus IS 300 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus IS 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Handling
The Lexus IS 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Lexus IS 300 has less horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Lexus IS 300 has less cargo capacity than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Lexus IS 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.