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    Entries in Mercedes-Benz (4)

    Wednesday
    Aug162017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    San Jose drivers in the market for an efficient luxury vehicle may be weighing the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Deciding which is better will depend on your needs, and it helps to directly compare models so you can find one that meets your requirements.

    Here, we’ll look at the 2017 Lexus ES 300h to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e. The former is a hybrid, while the latter is a plug-in hybrid. Here’s how they compare:

    Hybrid Technology

    Lexus ES 300h

    A hybrid vehicle combines a traditional gasoline combustion engine with an electric motor whose power is generated on board, meaning you don’t need to use an external source of energy such as an outlet or generator. As such, a hybrid model like the Lexus ES 300h might be ideal if you plan on taking frequent road trips without having to stop and charge your vehicle.

    The 2017 ES 300h combines a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor, and utilizes the advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system to optimize power between the two sources for the most efficient use of energy. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    A plug-in hybrid isn’t as convenient as a hybrid, but does offer some advantages. While you’ll need to plug it in regularly to charge it, a plug-in gives you an electric-only range and thus usually offers better fuel economy on trips of less than 100 miles.

    The C350e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with a 60 kWh electric motor. A full charge takes at least two hours with a 220-volt outlet, and the model has an electric-only range of about 20 miles. Mercedes reports that it gets up to 45 MPGe city 61 MPGe highway, and makes a combined 275 horsepower.

    While the Benz plug-in does offer better fuel economy, you may want to take into account any potential increase in home energy use from plugging it in, as well as the higher MSRP.

    Interior and Features

    Lexus ES 300h

    Both the ES 300h and the C350e have seating for five passengers, but the Lexus offers more space than the Mercedes. The ES features 12.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, 41.9 inches of front leg room, 57.5 inches of front shoulder room, and 40 inches of rear leg room.

    All models of the 2017 ES have Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, a Premium Sound System with 8 speakers, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless technology, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    The 2017 C350e has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 41.7 inches of front leg room, 54.7 inches of front shoulder room, and 35.2 inches of rear leg room.

    The Mercedes C-Class comes standard with AM/FM Radio Seek and Scan, COMAND infotainment, 5-speaker audio system, and CD and MP3 players. Both the Lexus and Benz offer voice-activated navigation as a standard feature.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $42,820 MSRP (or $45,670 fully equipped)

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Starting at $46,050 MSRP (or $52,140 fully equipped)

    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May242017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    San Jose is an exceptional place, so it’s no surprise that our drivers demand exceptional vehicles. Whether you’re looking for a reliable family ride to cruise the streets of Willow Glen or Silver Creek Valley, or need a comfortable sedan for the commute to Silicon Valley, Lexus Stevens Creek can guide you in the right direction.

    Drivers shopping for a luxury sedan often ask us the difference between the 2017 Lexus GS 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. Below we’ve listed some of the details that set these two popular cars apart:

    Features

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The GS 350 features standard LED headlights and daytime running lights and an Adaptive Front Lighting System, as well as Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

    Entertainment and convenience features include dual-zone climate control with air filter and smog sensor, Lexus Memory System for drivers, power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats, backup camera, Lexus Display Audio, and a 12-speaker Premium Sound System.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 comes with the option to add a rearview camera, Blind Spot Assist, Parking Pilot, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. It comes standard with adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and LED daytime running lights. Other safety technologies are available in the Premium 3 Package of features.

    The E300 features standard dual-zone climate control, power front seats with three-position memory, LED ambient lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, a 12.3-inch high-res color central screen, COMAND hard-drive navigation, and a FrontBass audio system. The Mercedes E-Class does not come available with a moonroof.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters (rear-wheel drive models), or a 6-speed paddle-shift transmission (all-wheel drive models). The powertrain makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which, combined with its lightweight aluminum structure makes it exceptionally fun to zip around the streets of San Jose. RWD models go from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds, while AWD models have a zero-to-60 time of 5.8 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the 2017 GS 350 rear-wheel drive gets 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The system makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds.

    The E300 RWD gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the AWD gets 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    Starting at $52,150 MSRP

    Thursday
    Jun302016

    COMPARISON: 2016 Lexus GS vs. 2016 Mercedes E-Class

    There's no contesting that a luxury sedan is the ultimate vehicle for the driver who expects quality and performance, without sacrificing style.

    If you're comparing the 2016 Lexus GS with the Mercedes-Benz E-class, you're likely to see some similarities. While the Mercedes has long been a favorite of those with high standards, its status is being challenged lately by vehicles with better design and features. Here's our side-by-side comparison of the Lexus GS and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

    Safety

    Lexus GS

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Lexus GS best-possible scores in tests for moderate overlap frontal collision, side crash, and roof strength.  

     The all-new Lexus GS comes standard with a plethora of safety features, including brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, blind-spot monitoring, auto-leveling headlight, backup camera, anti-theft system and child safety locks - not to mention a full-suite airbag and seatbelt system.

    Premium safety options include a lane-departure warning, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high-beam headlamps.

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    The IIHS gave the E-Class similarly good scores in all crash tests.

    The E-Class comes standard with electronic stability control, brake assist, traction control, vehicle anti-theft system, and airbag and seatbelt system. The luxury sedan also includes child safety locks, integrated turn signal mirrors, and a hands-free communication system.

    Features

    Lexus GS
    The first-ever turbocharged GS 200t comes standard with everything you'd expect from a luxury car, including cruise control, auto-off headlights, leather steering wheel, universal garage door opener, keyless entry and mirror memory. The GS350 comes with rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, a navigation system and heated and cooled seats.

    Drivers can also opt for rear parking assistance, heated rear seats and rear-controlled audio and AC adjustment.

    On the entertainment side, the GS is fully stocked with HD radio, MP3 player, satellite radio, on-board hands-free communication and a wireless phone hook-up for optimal connectivity. You can also opt for the Marc Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    The E-Class comes with standard climate control, dual-zone AC, driver-seat lumbar support, a leather steering wheel, on-board hands-free communication system, power passenger seat and cruise control.

    Buyers willing to add premium options can also get leather seats, keyless start, and heated front seats.

    For entertainment, the E-class offers an AM/FM stereo, CD player, auxiliary audio input. Premium entertainment options include a deluxe sound system, satellite radio, MP3 player and entertainment system with all the expected bells and whistles.

    Fuel Economy

    Lexus GS

    GS 200t: (city 22 / highway 33)
    GS 350:  (city 19 / highway 26)

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    E350: (city 20 / highway 29)
    E400: (city 20 / highway 29)

    Pricing

    Lexus GS

    GS 200t: starting at $45,615 MSRP
    GS 350 (rear wheel drive): starting at $50,000 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz E Class

    E350: starting at $53,100 MSRP
    E400: starting at $63,100 MSRP