2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan vs 2017 Lexus IS
2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2017 Lexus IS
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Luxurious and sporty, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a sedan that is priced just below its Lexus counterpart. The Lexus IS is also a lavish sedan that offers solid performance. Offering access to more than 500 horsepower, the C-Class is more powerful than the Lexus IS. This Mercedes-Benz also boasts more than 10 active safety features, including the DISTRONIC PLUS® and Adaptive Brake Assist.
Installed in the Mercedes-Benz C 300 models, a turbocharged 2.0 L engine produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque at only 1,300 RPM. Under the hood of the AMG® C 43 is a 3.0 L bi-turbo V6 engine that’s capable of generating 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. The AMG® C 63 trim is driven by a 4.0 L bi-turbo V8 engine that offers 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. In the AMG® C 63 S edition, this handcrafted engine whips out 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for excellent efficiency, choose the C 3503 trim that has a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which offers a net output of 275 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with a 3.5 L V6 engine, the Lexus IS offers access to only 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This Lexus is also available with a 2.0 L turbo engine that yields 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The Mercedes-Benz C 63 S model can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.9 seconds. For most of the Lexus IS models, it takes more than six seconds to go from rest to 60 MPH. Both sedans are available with a classic rear-wheel drive that initiates quick takeoffs on the track. However, the signature 4MATIC®; All-Wheel Drive offers much better handling than the conventional AWD that’s installed in the Lexus IS. This patented AWD works in sync with the seven-speed AMG® SPEEDSHIFT® MCT or nine-speed 9G-TRONIC transmission. With the Dynamic Select technology, you can further customize the C-Class according to driving conditions. For example, the Sport and Sport+ settings optimize the powertrain for fast cruising on the highway. Some models even come with the Race Mode that ensures swift handling on any road. The AMG® Ride Control Suspension System reduces the effects of bumps and grinds from rough surfaces. With some leverage from the Torque Vectoring Brake, you’ll stop the C-Class on demand.
Using radar sensors to scan the road ahead, the Collision Prevention Assist Plus is a notable accident-avoidance technology that’s installed in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. If necessary, the Adaptive Brake Assist will automatically slow the vehicle down in order to prevent a crash. When an accident is imminent, the PRESAFE® technology makes multiple adjustments to mitigate injuries to the occupants. With some guidance from the BAS® Plus with Cross-Traffic Alert, you’ll avoid crashes at intersections. Powered by the DISTRONIC technology, the Pedestrian Recognition function helps you avoid hitting other people. The Speed Limit Assist is another feature that lowers your risk of getting into a front crash. Some other active safety amenities that are available in the C-Class include the Active Blind Spot Assist and Crosswind Assist. Although it offers the Pre-Collision System, the Lexus IS simply can’t match this Mercedes-Benz in active safety.
Call us to reserve a test drive in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. You’ll be convinced that this Mercedes-Benz sedan beats the Lexus IS in performance, safety and digital technology.
* Fuel economy based on 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.