The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Duels It Out With 2021 Lexus IS

June 1st, 2021 by


Every great sedan requires all of these three characteristics, and that is a choice of dynamic engines, great driving behaviors, and a stellar design from the inside out. Both the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the 2021 Lexus IS embody these “requirements” to a T, and have proved to stand out in the compact luxury segment. Let’s see who takes the cake when compared against each other.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is a mixture of its larger siblings, the E-Class and S-Class. This miniature-sized luxury model offers potential car buyers a wide selection of body styles and engine options. Speaking of engines, the range for the standard motor pushes out an excellent 255 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the twin-turbocharged V8 gives out 503 horsepower in the AMG® version.

The AMG® models nearly have a class by themselves, as it reaches all the way into the $80,000’s. Nevertheless, if a buyer opts for the most affordable base model or the highest tier, both will be rewarded with opulence, comfort, and the ability to customize his or her model with options. Among these available interior features include various types of wood, leather, and aluminum trims.

The exterior also exudes charm, its tiny size and turbocharged powertrain make driving this year’s C-Class an absolute joy to drive, also encompassing various driving modes changing the car’s behavior ranging from Comfort to Sport+.

Standard amenities involve keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. The coupe and cabriolet, however, differ a bit in their features, such as with a Burmester surround-sound audio system.

Some optional features include leather seats, navigation, and some collision-avoidance technologies.

Lexus IS

The Lexus IS is an ultra-refined and sport sedan that gives buyers the option of getting either rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD), it also fairs well in its driving manners. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine provides a ride that is quick and powerful, and the V6 is even more impressive, also geared with a  suspension that provides the ultimate driving confidence.

Inhouse, the IS vehicle is filled with quality materials, the seats are also highly comfortable, especially during long road trips. One con, however, is in the backseats, which may be a bit snug for three people.

Standard gadgets encompass an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and an available 10.3-inch widescreen. There are also comforts like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Amazon Alexa, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, 8-way passenger seat, keyless access, dual-zone automatic climate control, and NuLuxe synthetic leather upholstery.

Some safety features involve frontal collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, which all come from the Lexus Safety System+.

Some advancements that buyers can opt for include a higher-output V6, 17-speaker/1,800-watt Mark Levinson audio system, and the F Sport trim with different tweaks on the exterior.

Which One Should You Choose?

Now the question is, which brand is singing the truth when they say that my sedan is bigger than your sedan. We can’t deny that the 2021 Lexus IS has an athletic and trendy style and may be a thrill to drive, especially with its RWD and AWD options, as well as its advancements for the V6 engine. However, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has more powertrain options to choose from in addition to various body styles, which provides a more personalized experience. It is for this reason that we prefer the C-Class over the IS.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class for yourself at Mercedes-Benz of Washington. We carry a wide range of vehicles from the brand that are varied in different styles and prices.

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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