2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS Comparison

Comparing Luxury Cars for Southern California: 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the class-defining luxury compact sedan. It's long been one of the most affordable ways to step up to a cutting-edge, comfortable new Mercedes-Benz. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the most-powerful, best-equipped C-Class yet. That means it's an even better value than rival luxury cars from other brands like the 2021 Lexus IS. For getting around the Fallbrook/Deluz area, the C-Class is the superior choice. We'll show you why below!

The Lexus IS is a bit more affordable than the entry-level C-Class models -- but you'll find the C-Class offers performance, luxury and technology that the Lexus just can't beat! To experience it all for yourself, visit us for a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula.

Though it's a compact car, rear seat comfort is important, and the new C-Class provides more than the Lexus IS

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS: Comfort

While both these cars are considered compact sedans, the 2021 Lexus IS is even smaller inside ... with just 32.2" of legroom available for rear seat passengers. Adults riding in the back will be more comfortable in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with an extra three inches of rear seat legroom. It's also got more space in the trunk than the Lexus IS, so you can carry more groceries and suitcases.

Better still, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has more standard comfort and convenience features. For example, you'll have to spend extra on the 2021 Lexus IS to add optional upgrades like a power trunk lid, power front seat lumbar adjustment and heated front seats. But all those features come totally standard on every 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. That's why it's ultimately a better value.


Shown here in red, available ambient lighting lends a premium touch to the interior of the new C-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS: Technology

The 2021 Lexus IS features a more traditional dashboard with ordinary gauges, indicators and a small digital driver information display. Instead, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features an all-digital gauge cluster screen. It's easy to customize and keep more of the information you need right where you need it most! Along with standard multimedia touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology and hands-free Bluetooth®, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes it easier to stay connected, get directions and consult maps. For a more convenient drive, every time, no matter where you're headed.

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With its sculpted side panels and long hood, the new C-Class projects a powerful look on the road

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS: Performance

While both vehicles feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood, the one in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is superior in every way. It provides more horsepower for highway pulls and steep mountain passes, and more torque for a feeling of quickness when leaving a stop light. Yet it won't cost you more fuel! In fact, it gets up to 4 additional MPG compared to the 2021 Lexus IS on the highway, so you spend less on fuel and spend less time at the gas station.

But there's more to the performance of a new Mercedes-Benz than just power. The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also features a selective damping suspension as standard equipment. Even on entry-level C-Class models, the suspension will react to the road ahead and your chosen drive mode, providing a more comfortable cruise or more poised handling. Versatile, powerful performance that can't be beat at this price point is what you'll find when you climb behind the wheel of the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


Available LED Intelligent Light System headlights provide the very best visibility in this class on the new C-Class sedan

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2021 Lexus IS: Safety

When it comes to safety, Lexus provides plenty of standard driver assistance technology. But there are a few features you'll still only find on the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For example, ATTENTION ASSIST technology can monitor the driver's behavior to detect drowsy or distracted driving patterns. It'll provide a gentle reminder to refocus your attention on the road, or consider taking a break. This is a feature you won't find on the 2021 Lexus IS. The C-Class is also available with the optional LED Intelligent Light System. Active Curve Illumination and Adaptive Highbeam Assist automatically adjust to curves in the road as well as oncoming traffic. For a level of safety and ease that you just won't find on the Lexus sedan.

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Starting at an MSRP of $41,600, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class costs just a couple thousand dollars more than an entry-level 2021 Lexus IS. Yet it provides so much more additional value! Thanks to its thrilling engine and sophisticated suspension, the C-Class is better to drive. It's got more available safety equipment to keep you protected. And with a more spacious, better-equipped cabin, the Mercedes-Benz is more luxurious. It all adds up to a better package. Find out more during a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Temecula! You'll see for yourself why the C-Class is a better choice for life in the Lake Elsinore area.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2021 Lexus IS
$41,600 Starting MSRP* $39,000
255 Standard Horsepower 241
273 Standard Torque 258
23 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway Fuel Economy 21 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
5.7 Seconds Standard 0-60 MPH Time 6.7 Seconds
Standard Power Front Seat Lumbar Adjustment Available Upgrade
Standard Adaptive Suspension Available Upgrade
Standard Full Digital Instrument Cluster Not Available
Standard Power Trunk Lid Not Available
35.2" Rear Seat Legroom 32.2"
2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2021 Lexus IS
$41,600
Starting MSRP*
$39,000
255
Standard Horsepower
241
273
Standard Torque
258
23 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway
Fuel Economy
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
5.7 Seconds
Standard 0-60 MPH Time
6.7 Seconds
Standard
Power Front Seat Lumbar Adjustment
Available Upgrade
Standard
Adaptive Suspension
Available Upgrade
Standard
Full Digital Instrument Cluster
Not Available
Standard
Power Trunk Lid
Not Available
35.2"
Rear Seat Legroom
32.2"

*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.

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