Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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:

Safety

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.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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.

Features

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.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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.

Pricing

Lexus IS Turbo

Starting at $37,825 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Starting at $39,500 MSRP

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

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Safety

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.

Features

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)

Pricing

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.