Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Lexus RC VS 2016 Mercedes E-Class Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Lexus RC

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2016 Mercedes E-Class

Safety Comparison

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To help make backing safer, the RC’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the RC and the E-Class Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 77 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Class Coupe has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RC 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the E-Class Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the E-Class Coupe ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The RC’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the E-Class Coupe’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 7th.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the RC’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Class Coupe:

RC

E-Class Coupe

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The RC offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The E-Class Coupe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the RC is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the E-Class Coupe.

For better maneuverability, the RC’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the E-Class Coupe’s (34.2 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The RC AWD’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the E-Class Coupe’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The RC has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Coupe (83.8 vs. 81).

The RC has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Class Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The RC offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the RC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the RC will cost $1235 to $3065 less than the E-Class Coupe over a five-year period.

The RC will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the RC will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the E-Class Coupe.

RC

E-Class Coupe

Five Year

44% to 45%

29%

Three Year

62% to 63%

44% to 46%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus RC will be $14933 to $19933 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Coupe.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Lexus RC won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Mercedes E-Class Coupe only won one award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the RC third among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The E-Class Coupe isn’t in the top three.

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