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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2010 BMW 3-Series 2010 Lexus IS
     
C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Sport Sedan
  • C300 Luxury Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Sport Sedan
  • C300 4MATIC Luxury Sedan
  • C350 Sport Sedan
Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Sedan SULEV
  • Sedan
  • Sedan SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Coupe
  • Coupe SULEV
  • Sedan
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Sedan
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible SULEV
  • Convertible
4dr Sport Sdn Man RWD
  • 4dr Sport Sdn Man RWD
  • 4dr Sport Sdn Auto RWD
  • 4dr Sport Sdn Auto AWD
  • 4dr Sdn
  • 2dr Conv Man
  • 2dr Conv Auto
  • 2dr Conv

Prices

MSRP $33,600 $36,200 $32,145
Invoice $31,248 $33,305 $28,929
Avg. Paid $18,182 $18,251 $18,789

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 9.3 9.8 8.7
Performance 8.8 9.3 8.1
Interior 8.1 8.1 7.8
Operating Cost 7.4 7.4 7.8
Safety 9.4 9.0 9.4
Reliability 3.0 3.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Well-built, opulent interior
  • Composed, agile suspension
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Good reliability score
  • Smooth engine options
  • Athletic handling
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Good interior fit and finish
  • Composed handling
Cons
  • Limited back-seat space
  • Low reliability score
  • iDrive can be difficult to use
  • Cramped interior

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.0L/183 Gas I6 3.0L/183 Gas V6 2.5L/152
MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 108.7 108.7 107.5
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 180.6 180.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70.2 70.9
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 54.9 56.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Optional Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Optional Standard
Sunroof Wind Deflector Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527 3351 3455

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Start Optional Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Optional Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Optional Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.2 88.5 88.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.4 37.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.8 43.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.3 54.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 - TBD - 54.1
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 36.8 36.7
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 33.7 30.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 51.9 52.7
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9 - TBD - 53.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4 11.1 13.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional Optional Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Standard
Cell Phone Hookup Optional

Seats

Leather Seats Optional Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional Standard
Seat Memory Optional Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Optional Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.0L/183 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 228 @ 6000 230 @ 6500 204 @ 6400
Torque (Net @ RPM) 221 @ 2700 - 5000 200 @ 2750 185 @ 4800
Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Turning diameter 35.5 36.1 33.5

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28 26
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 16.1 17.1

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Pivot Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link

Transmission

Automatic Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
7-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard