Comparison: 2016 Lexus IS vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class



Lexus IS

The all-new luxury sedan by Lexus has been thoroughly tested by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

In 2016 the IIHS gave the 2016 Lexus IS its best possible scores in crash tests for moderate front overlap and side impacts and named its front crash prevention system advanced. Meanwhile, NHTSA gave the Lexus sedan its best 5-Star overall rating, with perfect scores in the test for rollover and side crash. Additionally, the organization recommended the Lexus IS technologies for rearview video systems, forward collision warning, lane departure warning.

The 300 model of the IS comes standard with stability control, electronic traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and anti-theft protection. Drivers may also opt for an electronic parking aid with camera.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

While the IIHS gave the C-Class good scores for moderate front overlap and side crash tests, it also reported that the vehicle’s headlight system is not up to par, with a poor rating. NHTSA gave the Mercedes sedan a 5-Star overall rating, with a best-possible score for side crash.

The C-Class comes standard with driver and passenger side airbag, as well as seat-mounted front side airbags, front & rear head curtain airbags and passenger airbag cutoff sensor. It also features a panic alarm and anti-theft system. Drivers can opt for a number of other deluxe upgrades for the C-Class.


Lexus IS

For the price tag, the all-new IS is truly impressive in its standard features, including SiriusXM® for 90 days, HomeLink®, Lexus Enform Remote, Lexus Enform Service Connect, SIRI® eyes free, voice command and HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging. The IS also has leather trimmed steering wheel with mounted controls, a premium sound system, and illuminated entry system.

Drivers looking for a little more can experience truly advanced audio with the Mark Levinson® Audio, and convenient entertainment with a DVD system and the Lexus Enform App Suite®.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class comes standard with remote trunk access, heated exterior mirrors, perimeter lighting, rain sensor wipers, leather steering wheel, separate driver/front passenger climate controls and multifunction steering wheel. For entertainment, Drivers can also enjoy FrontBass® system and HD Radio™ receiver. Buyers looking to upgrade their vehicle can choose from premium options, such as 14-way power front passenger seat with memory, hands-free trunk access, leather seats, heated front seats and the Burmester premium sound system.

Fuel Economy

Lexus IS
200t (city – 22 mpg / highway – 33 mpg)*
300 AWD (city – 19 mpg / highway – 26 mpg)*
350 AWD (city – 19 mpg / highway – 28 mpg)*
350 F Sport  (city – 19 mpg / highway – 28 mpg)*

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C300 Sedan (city – 25 mpg / highway – 34 mpg)
C300 4MATIC Sedan (city – 24 mpg / highway – 31 mpg)
C450 AMG (city – 21 mpg / highway – 29 mpg)
C63 AMG Sedan (city – 18 mpg / highway – 25 mpg)


Lexus IS
200t : starting at $37,325 MSRP**
300 AWD: starting at $39,700 MSRP**
350: starting at $40,870 MSRP**
350 F SPORT: starting at $44,025 MSRP**

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
C300 Sedan: starting at $38,950 MSRP
C300 4MATIC Sedan: starting at $40,950 MSRP
C450 AMG: starting at $50,800 MSRP
C63 AMG Sedan: starting at $65,250 MSRP

*2016 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $950. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.