2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class VS 2019 Lexus IS

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 IS, 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 IS. 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 IS: 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 IS emphasizes comfort over sportiness and delivers an exceptionally smooth ride. Because the IS uses premium gas and has a low fuel economy rating, its fuel costs are high for the class. The standard powertrain in the IS 300 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 241 horsepower. The IS sedan is smooth and comfortable above all else. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and you can adjust some of the car’s tuning through the three drive modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2019 Lexus IS: 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.

There’s both good and bad news for the 2019 Lexus IS’ interior. On the plus side, the cabin boasts an air of sophistication. On the down side, the trunk is one of the smallest in the class, and the infotainment system can be frustrating for the driver to use. There is no touch screen, so you have to make adjustments using either the standard knob or the optional mouse-like Remote Touch controller. Both clumsily navigate through the menus and compel the driver to divert attention away from the road. Fortunately, you can circumvent some of this irritation by using the included voice commands. The base system features a 7-inch display screen, two USB ports, *Bluetooth®, HD Radio, satellite radio, Scout GPS Link, and eight speakers. Other standard amenities include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and Lexus Safety System+.

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

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2019 Lexus IS: 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.

Both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS exude elegance, but the C-Class has a few advantages over the IS. The Lexus IS is a good luxury small car. However the Mercedes-Benz has more room in both its back seat and trunk, and it’s available with premium materials that you can’t get in the IS, like real wood and leather. Unlike the IS, the C-Class is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class also has several iterations to choose from, including a brisk base model, a plug-in hybrid, and two high-performance AMG® editions.

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