Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2015 Lexus GS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2015 Lexus GS

Safety Comparison

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GS Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GS Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the GS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 58 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the C400 Sedan is faster than the GS 450h:

C-Class Sedan

GS Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

101.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the C-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the GS Series:

C-Class Sedan

GS Series

RWD

C300/Auto

25 city/34 hwy

19 city/29 hwy

V6/Auto

AWD

C300/Auto

24 city/31 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

C400/Auto

21 city/29 hwy

n/a

Regardless of its engine, the C-Class Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the GS Series Hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the GS Series:

C-Class Sedan

GS Series

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The GS Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GS Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The GS Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C400 Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the GS 450h (25.9 seconds @ .8 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 500 pounds less than the Lexus GS Series.

The C-Class Sedan is 6.2 inches shorter than the GS Series, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GS Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the C-Class Sedan’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The C-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The GS Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The GS Series doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the C-Class Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the GS Series can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-Class Sedan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the C-Class Sedan detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GS Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The C-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GS Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the C-Class Sedan will retain 48.51% to 55.31% of its original price after five years, while the GS Series only retains 38.92% to 45.98%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes C-Class Sedan will be $8384 to $9006 less than for the Lexus GS Series.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Mercedes C-Class Sedan and Lexus GS Series won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The GS Series has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Lexus GS Series by over three to one during 2014.

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