2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs Lexus ES

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300

184.5 inches

241 hp/273 lb-ft torque

6-speed automatic

25/34 MPG (City/Hwy)


Body Length




2016 Lexus ES350

193.3 inches

268 hp/248 lb-ft torque

7-speed automatic

21/31 MPG (City/Hwy)

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2016 Lexus ES

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Anyone can put a sunroof on a car and call it a luxury sedan. Luxury sedan is term that gets thrown around more loosely as time progresses because every time a  new vehicle comes out it claims to be the most luxurious sedan in the market. In a search for the best luxury sedan, the debate of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2016 Lexus ES is one that must be addressed. Normally, the C-Class gets compared to the Lexus IS, but the C-Class actually competes with the higher-level ES as well.  

The main difference between these two cars is the length. The ES is almost ten inches longer, which is exactly what Lexus intended. Unlike the sport-focused Lexus IS, the ES is a luxury sedan that is built for comfort and convenience. It features more interior room, but only by a few inches all the way around, and this extended body length can hurt vehicle stability. The ES also has a bigger engine with more horsepower than the C-Class, but the C-Class uses a turbocharger to produce more torque. 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Turbo

Every C-Class comes standard with at least one turbo. It is because of this piece of machinery that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class can keep up with luxury cars with larger engines such as the Lexus ES. At the end of the day, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 vs 2016 Lexus ES350 debate falls on the C300 as the superior vehicle. It features the same size wheelbase as the ES and although it has less horsepower, it has more torque, which is more useful in stop and go traffic. The C-Class is a Mercedes-Benz homerun hitter. It provides elite luxury and breathtaking performance all in one convenient package. Did we mention it is the same price as the Lexus ES? If you have any questions about this comparison or about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, contact us today at Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead.

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