2017 Lexus IS vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2017 Lexus IS vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

When it comes to the mid-size luxury sedan segment, the name that often comes to mind is that of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. While the venerable C-Class sedan is likely to be the first option to spring to mind, that does not necessarily make it the best of the bunch. In fact, with a lower starting price and a number of features that Mercedes cannot match, the 2017 Lexus IS makes a strong case for being every bit as good—and in most instances even better—than that presupposed first name in luxury sedans. 

Interior & Design

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Comparing the styling of the 2017 Lexus IS and 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class both inside and out is for the most part a matter of personal preference. Both are stylish, bold, and capable of cutting undeniable first impressions. On the inside, both are replete with premium materials, plentiful convenience and comfort features, and provide a level of luxuriousness that few other sedans can match. Where the Lexus IS has a distinct advantage is in its dimensions: despite being 0.5 inches shorter in overall height, the 2017 IS boasts 38.2 inches of front headroom compared to the C-Class c300 4MATIC’s 37.1 inches, 44.8 inches of front legroom compared to the C-Class’s 41.7 inches, and 13.8 cubic feet of cargo volume to the c300’s 12.6 cubic feet. In addition, the Lexus IS comes standard with heated front seats—only an optional feature on the c300 4MATIC—as well as standard Lexus Personalized Settings and optional Lexus Memory System. Available packages allow the Lexus IS to up the ante even more in terms of luxury: the Luxury Package is particularly opulent, adding Gray Sapele Wood with aluminum interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trim, and electrochromic exterior mirrors.

Technology & Safety

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Despite a lower starting MSRP, the 2017 Lexus IS offers standard technologies that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class c300 4MATIC either does not offer or offers as a paid addition. This includes heated front seats, power sunroof/moonroof, voice-activated controls, real-time traffic information, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, and double the speakers (10 in total). Additionally, the 2017 Lexus IS is offered with an available 10.3-inch center console-mounted widescreen display that allows drivers and passengers easy access to the functions provided by the HomeLink® universal transceiver. Also of note is the available 15-speaker, 835-watt Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System with Clari-Fi™ technology, available exclusively with the Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio Package.


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If you demand exceptional performance right out of the gate, the 2017 Lexus IS and 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class c300 4MATIC both provide plenty of horsepower with their respective 3.5-liter V6 and 2.0-liter I-4 engines. In terms of which offers more bang for the buck, the Lexus IS’ V6 generates 255 horsepower compared to the Mercedes’ 241 horsepower, giving it the edge in terms of output. And only the Lexus IS is available with the F SPORT Package, which adds supercar-level instrumentation, Adaptive Variable Suspension with SPORT S+ Driving Mode, and F SPORT-tuned suspension to allow drivers to get even more out of their drive.


With either option, luxury sedan shoppers are certain to be satisfied by a vehicle that meets their expectations. But in the final analysis, a lower starting MSRP and the availability of a striking F SPORT package gives the 2017 Lexus IS an edge in our esteem. If you are ready to trade up from your current vehicle into one of the finest luxury sedans you will ever have the pleasure of driving, take a look over our stock of 2017 Lexus IS sedans, schedule a test drive, and stop in and visit our Orlando dealership.


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