2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class VS 2018 Lexus RC

There’s a class of large luxury sedans that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the 2019 models of both Mercedes-Benz and Lexus deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2019 Lexus RC, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2019 Lexus RC. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Lexus side-by-side.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2019 Lexus RC: Performance

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a lineup of powerful engines. New for the 2019 C 300 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged, 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base engine displays ample power, whether taking off quickly from a stop or cruising at high speeds. The C-Class comes standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The C-Class prioritizes a comfortable and plush ride quality over athletic handling, though handling is still respectable.

The 2019 Lexus RC offers four capable engines in this vehicle. It’s mildly athletic, more so than other Lexus cars, though a number of rivals are still sportier. Ride quality is reasonably comfortable. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes in every RC 300 with rear-wheel drive, including the F Sports, and it puts out 241 horsepower. Reviewers are divided on the eight-speed automatic’s gear-shifting prowess, but the engines are widely recognized for being capable. The base inline-four will get you around fine.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2019 Lexus RC: Feature Comparison

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an upscale and elegant interior that’s rife with premium materials. It offers plush power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery that come standard, while providing all-day comfort and plenty of support for long drives or spirited back-road adventures. There is sufficient room for passengers in the sedan’s second row. Standard features in the 2019 C-Class include dual-zone automatic climate control, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a sunroof, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and attention assist driver drowsiness monitoring. The C-Class’ upgraded tech features give the car a modern look and feel.

The 2019 RC has a luxurious cabin full of quality materials. Up front, the seats are comfortable and roomy, though the back seats are too cramped for taller adults. Cargo space is also below average for the class. Lexus outfits the RC with standard features, such as push-button start, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, *Bluetooth®, a 10-speaker premium sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, the Lexus Enform App Suite, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 7-inch display screen, and Scout GPS Link navigation. The standard 7-inch screen is mounted far back in the dash and can be hard to see. The larger screen fixes this, but it comes with Lexus’ Remote Touch infotainment system, which is difficult to use.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2019 Lexus RC: Overall Comparison

The heavily refreshed 2019 C-Class is a good car. This Mercedes-Benz has several engine options, and all deliver satisfying power. The C 300 has ample power for daily driving, whether you’re taking off quickly from a stop or cruising and passing at highway speeds. The transmission delivers quick and smooth shifts. Plus, if you’re looking for a luxurious ride and cabin, the C-Class nails it. Elegant materials are everywhere you look (and touch), and the list of standard and optional features is extensive. All in all, the C-Class’ sleek, modern, and luxurious cabin is one of the nicest in the class.

The 2019 Lexus RC ranks in the bottom third of the luxury small car class. Despite that, it’s a good car, but most rivals have nimbler handling and more cargo space. The Lexus RC F adds a few performance enhancements, such as an adaptive suspension and performance brakes, but its ride isn’t as comfortable. It has a premium cabin and satisfying performance, as well as plenty of standard features. However, many rivals have larger trunks, sportier handling, and more passenger space. Before buying the RC, it’s worth looking at some competitors.

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