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The AMG E-Class Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The LC Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lexus LC Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The LC Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The AMG E-Class Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The LC Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the AMG E-Class Coupe and the LC Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG E-Class Coupe’s warranty.
The AMG E 53 Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid produces 75 more horsepower (429 vs. 354) than the LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid.
All-wheel drive, available in the AMG E-Class Coupe, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Lexus LC Series is not available with all-wheel drive.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LC Series’ standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the LC Series’ optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.
The front and rear suspension of the AMG E-Class Coupe uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the LC Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The LC Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The LC Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the AMG E-Class Coupe has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The LC Series uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LC Series (89 vs. 85.9).
The AMG E-Class Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.
The AMG E-Class Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (10 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LC Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG E-Class Coupe’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LC Series doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the LC Series, the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the AMG E-Class Coupe to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The LC Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.
The LC Series’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The LC Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the AMG E-Class Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The LC Series doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
When the AMG E-Class Coupe is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The LC Series’ mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the AMG E-Class Coupe has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The LC Series doesn’t offer rear vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG E-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LC Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The AMG E-Class Coupe offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The LC Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The AMG E-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The LC Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Mercedes AMG E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lexus LC Series isn’t available as a convertible, sedan or station wagon.
Insurance will cost less for the AMG E-Class Coupe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG E-Class Coupe will cost $2685 to $2780 less than the LC Series over a five-year period.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG E-Class Coupe will be $4602 to $7472 less than for the Lexus LC Series.
The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The LC Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
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