2020 Lexus GS F vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan

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Safety

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The GS F has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The AMG C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the GS F and the AMG C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS F 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG C-Class Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG C-Class Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The GS F’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG C-Class Sedan’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The GS F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 82 more horsepower (467 vs. 385) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (389 vs. 384) than the AMG C 43 Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GS F’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG C-Class Sedan:

GS F

AMG C-Class Sedan

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GS F has larger tires than the AMG C-Class Sedan (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18). The GS F’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C-Class Sedan (F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. F:245/40R18 & R:265/40R18).

The GS F’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG C 43 Sedan’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GS F has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the AMG C 63 Sedan.

The GS F has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the AMG C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the AMG C-Class Sedan don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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The GS F’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the AMG C-Class Sedan’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the GS F more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the GS F’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the AMG C 63 Sedan’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The GS F’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the AMG C 43 Sedan’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The GS F has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The GS F has a much larger trunk than the AMG C Sedan (14 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked fifth.

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The GS F offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The AMG C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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