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

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The S-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 S-Class Coupe has standard NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The LC Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The S-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.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the S-Class Coupe helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The LC Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The S-Class Coupe has a standard Surround View Camera 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 S-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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 S-Class Coupe’s warranty.

Engine

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The S 560 Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 109 more horsepower (463 vs. 354) than the LC 500h’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid. The S 560 Coupe’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 398) than the LC 500’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S 560 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the LC 500 (17 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the S-Class Coupe’s fuel efficiency. The LC Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Drivetrain

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All wheel drive, available in the S-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.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the S-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 S-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 S-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 S-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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the S-Class Coupe’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the LC Series (115.9 inches vs. 113 inches).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the S-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.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the S-Class Coupe a Compact car, while the LC Series is rated a Subcompact.

The S-Class Coupe has 4.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LC Series (90.6 vs. 85.9).

The S-Class Coupe has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the LC Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The S-Class Coupe has a much larger trunk than the LC Series (10.4 vs. 5.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S-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 S-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 S-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 S-Class Coupe’s standard 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 S-Class Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The LC Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the S-Class Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The LC Series doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the S-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.

Both the S-Class Coupe and the LC Series have standard heated front seats. The S-Class Coupe also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the LC Series.

The S-Class Coupe has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the LC Series.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the S-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 S-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The LC Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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

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The Mercedes S-Class outsold the Lexus LC Series by almost 10 to one during the 2019 model year.

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