2020 Lexus RC vs. 2020 Mercedes C-Class Coupe

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Safety

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Both the RC and the C-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 180 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-Class Coupe has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The RC’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-Class Coupe’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the RC’s reliability 50 points higher than the C-Class Coupe.

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 RC 300 AWD’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (260 vs. 255) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The RC 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 56 more horsepower (311 vs. 255) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the C-Class Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the RC’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Coupe:

RC

RC F Sport

C-Class Coupe

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

14 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the RC has larger standard tires than the C-Class Coupe (235/40R19 vs. 225/45R18). The RC’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Coupe (F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The RC offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The C-Class Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the RC is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Coupe.

For better maneuverability, the RC’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the C 300’s (34.2 feet vs. 36.8 feet). The RC AWD’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the C 300’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Passenger Space

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The RC has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Coupe (83.8 vs. 79.3).

The RC has .2 inches more front headroom and 3.4 inches more front legroom than the C-Class Coupe.

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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The RC’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The C-Class Coupe does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The RC’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the C-Class Coupe’s standard power windows.

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

Economic Advantages

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The RC will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the RC will retain 48.24% to 49.88% of its original price after five years, while the C-Class Coupe only retains 34.57% to 34.67%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the RC is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Coupe because it costs $491 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the RC than the C-Class Coupe, including $30 less for a water pump, $515 less for a muffler, $38 less for front brake pads, $349 less for a fuel pump and $126 less for front struts.

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