2020 LEXUS IS 300 | IS 350 VS. 2020 MERCEDES BENZ C 300
Performance

Cars like the 2020 Lexus IS 300, IS 350 and 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 are known for their outstanding performance. They come with powerful engines and deliver smooth and nimble handling. Nonetheless, the Lexus may fare better than the Mercedes-Benz in the performance department because of these reasons:

  • More powerful engine: The Lexus IS 300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that generates 241 horsepower at 5,800 RPM. The IS 300 also has a 3.5-liter V6 option with AWD that produces 260 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The 2020 Lexus IS 350 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6  engine that produces 311 horsepower at 6,600 RPM. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine makes 255 horsepower at 5,800 RPM.
  • Tighter turning diameter: The Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 may be easier to maneuver in tight spaces because its 34.2-inch turning diameter is 2.6 feet smaller than that of the Mercedes-Benz. As such, it may be a better car for urban driving.

Measurements

As a compact car, the 2020 Lexus IS 300 has certain advantages over the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 as it pertains to comfort, such as:

  • More Headroom: Both the Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 leave 38.2 inches of headroom for the driver and the front passenger, giving you more space than the Mercedes-Benz C 300 and providing a more comfortable open feel.
  • More legroom: The 2020 IS 300 and IS 350 may provide a more comfortable and relaxing ride on long journeys because of its more generous legroom. They both offer considerably more legroom in the front row than the 2020 C 300 allowing for more comfort no matter the length of the trip.
  • More Shoulder Room: Once again, the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 edge out the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 in space for the driver and front passenger. Both the IS 300 and IS 350 provide more comfort and room in the shoulder area, making for a more comfortable and less cramped ride.
 

Safety and Security

Cars from brands like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz routinely receive high safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the 2020 Lexus IS 300, Lexus IS 350, and 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 offer many advanced safety features, it looks like the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 will take the cake in this department. In fact Mercedes-Benz's best safety protection comes at a serious cost. You'll need to purchase their Driver Assistance Package for $1700. In doing so, they require that you also purchase their Multimedia Package for $1,250 and their Premium Package for $1,500. Lexus decided to go a different route, including Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) as standard so you can feel more at ease and secure with premium driver assistance features without paying extra.

  • Lane Departure Warning: Lexus highly values the safety of its customers. That's why every 2020 Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 come standard with Lane Departure Warning to help get to your destination safely. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 does offer Lane Departure Warning. However, it is an added option and does not come standard.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: For the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and the 2020 Lexus IS 350, Adaptive Cruise Control is a standard feature. While it is an option on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300, it does not come standard.
  • Automatic High Beams: Automatic high beams are yet another feature that comes standard on both the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and 2020 IS 350, keeping you safe late at night. However, it does not come standard on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300.
  • Airbags: If you have ever been in or witness an accident, you know how important airbags are. Lexus recognizes the importance as well. That is why the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and the IS 350 are equipped with ten airbags to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 is equipped with eight airbags.

Long Term Value

The Lexus IS 300 and IS 350 are projected to hold their values better than the Mercedes-Benz C 300 as time goes on. With lower projected depreciation and repair costs, the IS offers a substantially better five year estimated cost of ownership. 

 

Warranty

Warranties are such an important factor when deciding on any vehicle. Lexus has some of the best standard warranties on the market for both new and L/Certified vehicles. The standard warranty Mercedes-Benz offers for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 simply pales in comparison to that of the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and IS 350. The Lexus IS has a reassuring six year or 70,000 mile powertrain warranty for the engine and driveline. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300, on the other hand, has a shorter four year or 50,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Overall

After all of this, it seems pretty clear that the 2020 Lexus IS 300 and the 2020 Lexus IS 350 outshine the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 300 in some pretty key areas. With more power, more comfort, more safety features, long term value, and a better warranty it makes no sense to go with anything but the IS 300 or IS 350. Come in today to Hennessy Lexus Gwinnett to see for yourself.