Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 12:14PM
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Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

Silicon Valley drivers who need a new luxury sedan often ask how Lexus models compare to those offered by Mercedes-Benz. For some buyers, it’s a subjective matter, while others like to do their homework.

For those in the latter camp, we’ve written a one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus ES 350 and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300. Read on, then visit us in San Jose to test drive the new ES 350.

Performance and Reliability

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. The powertrain produces 260 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Plus, Lexus backs its class-leading engine technology with a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

J.D. Power and Associates rates the ES 350 among the best in many categories, awarding it five out of five points for Overall Quality, Powertrain Quality, and Body and Interior Design. In its list of the most reliable premium compact cars, J.D. Power rates the Lexus ES three spots above the Mercedes C Class.

Mercedes-Benz C 300

The 2018 C 300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain and basic warranty on the 2018 C 300.

The reliability ratings for the C Class may make you think twice. J.D. Power gave it just two points for Overall Quality, making it average for its class. In fact, the only category in which it scored more than three points was for the design of its Body and Interior, which earned five points.

Safety Ratings and Features

Lexus ES 350

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has reported no recalls for the model. Additionally, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it top scores in all categories and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The ES 350 comes standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps, as part of the Lexus Safety System+. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Mercedes-Benz C 300

The 2018 C Class also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, but the federal agency has reported two recalls on the Mercedes sedan. The first was filed in October 2017 and pertains to inadvertent driver air bag deployment and the second, filed in March 2018, reports incorrect welding of the backrest rail and fittings, affecting the front seats. The IIHS has not rated the C Class for passenger-side small overlap front impact and gave its headlights a Poor rating.

The 2018 C 300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Rearview camera, and LED daytime running lights.

Visit us in San Jose today to test drive the 2018 Lexus ES 350, one of the best luxury sedans on the market, according to third-party ratings.


Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,950 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz C 300

Starting at $40,250 MSRP

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