A luxury sport sedan is the quintessential Los Angeles car – fast, sleek, and high-tech. Add to that a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and you’ve got the ideal ride for cruising the hills of L.A.
However, today’s ample market makes shopping for your perfect sports sedan easier said than done. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a one-to-one review of the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, two class-leading luxury cars that have a lot in common at first glance. Read on to see which one comes out ahead:
Lexus IS Turbo
This year was a big one for Lexus because the automaker equipped most of its models with standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features developed to assist drivers and reduce the chances of an accident. The LSS+ includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, each model comes with one year of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect, a service that provides emergency response and assistance, whenever and wherever you need it.
The 2017 IS was also awarded a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning perfect scores in all crash tests except frontal, where it won four stars.
The 2017 C-Class has standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, rearview camera, and adaptive braking. However, its blind spot monitoring system is an optional feature on lower trim levels, and a surround-view camera and parking assist are available via premium packages only. The mbrace Secure, similar to Lexus’s Safety Connect, is included, but only for the first six months of ownership.
The Mercedes sport sedan model also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA but scored just four stars in evaluations for frontal crash and rollover.
Lexus IS Turbo
All models of the 2017 IS have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, SmartAccess key with push-button start, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, the model is equipped with dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration. Additionally, all models have available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power rear sunshade, backup camera, and heated steering wheel.
Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson packages.
The 2017 Mercedes C300 has standard power front seats with memory, multi-function Nappa-leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, FrontBass sound system, Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, HD Radio receiver, and in-dash CD player. Also, it features standard LED daytime running lights, though LED headlights are optional. The C-Class additionally has a number of available option packages as well as individual add-on features, including leather seating and heated front seats.
Lexus IS Turbo
Starting at $37,825 MSRP
Starting at $39,500 MSRP