2020 Mercedes C-Class Coupe vs. 2020 Lexus LC Series

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Safety

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The C-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.

The C-Class Coupe offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The LC Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The C-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 C-Class Coupe and the LC Series 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 C-Class Coupe’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the C 300 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the LC 500 (22 city/31 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

Drivetrain

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All wheel drive, available in the C-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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The C-Class Coupe stops shorter than the LC Series:

C-Class

LC Series

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

113 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The C-Class Coupe 300 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 LC Series; 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.

Suspension and Handling

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The C-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.

The C 300 4MATIC handles at .91 G’s, while the LC 500h pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Mercedes C-Class Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 750 pounds less than the Lexus LC Series.

Passenger Space

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The C-Class Coupe has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more rear headroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The C-Class Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (10.5 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the C-Class Coupe easier. The C-Class Coupe’s trunk lift-over height is 25.3 inches, while the LC Series’ liftover is 33.6 inches.

The C-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 C-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.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the LC Series, the C-Class Coupe offers an optional 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.

The LC Series’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The C-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 C-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The LC Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the C-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 C-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 C-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LC Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The C-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, stopping and changing direction automatically. The LC Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Lexus LC Series isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the C-Class Coupe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-Class Coupe will cost $3885 to $4605 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 C-Class Coupe will be $32439 to $33034 less than for the Lexus LC Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-Class Coupe first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LC Series isn’t in the top three.

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Lexus LC Series by over 41 to one during the 2019 model year.

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