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Lexus IS
2019 Lexus IS
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$38,560
Starting Price (MSRP)
7.6
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Lexus RC
2019 Lexus RC
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$41,145
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.4
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in Hybrid
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in Hybrid
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$47,900
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.9
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Overview

Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Transmission
7-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 21 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Economy
N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
13.2 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
4 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
10.8 ft³
Trunk Volume
10.4 ft³
Trunk Volume
11.8 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Hybrid
Horsepower
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
241 hp @ 5800 rpm
275 hp @ 5550 rpm
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
443 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
7-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
34.2 ft
34.2 ft
36.8 ft

Wheels

Front Wheel Size
18" x 8"
18" x 8"
18" x 7.5"
Rear Wheel Size
18" x 8.5"
18" x 8"
18" x 8.5"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Double Wishbone
Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P225/40YR18
P235/45VR18
P225/45HR18
Rear Tire
P255/35YR18
P235/45VR18
P245/40HR18
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
N/A

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
24 MPG
24 MPG
30 MPG
City
21 MPG
21 MPG
N/A
Highway
30 MPG
30 MPG
N/A

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 Tons/yr
N/A
N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
17.4 gallons
13.2 gallons
Cruising Range City
365.4 miles
365.4 miles
N/A
Cruising Range Highway
522 miles
522 miles
N/A

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
184.3 in
184.8 in
184.5 in
Height
56.3 in
54.9 in
56.8 in
Max Width
71.3 in
72.4 in
72.1 in
Front Width
60.4 in
62.2 in
61.5 in
Rear Width
61 in
63 in
60.4 in
Wheelbase
110.2 in
107.5 in
111.4 in
Ground Clearance
5.3 in
5.3 in
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
4 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
44.8 in
45.4 in
41.7 in
Front Seat Headroom
38.2 in
39 in
40.9 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
55.9 in
54.7 in
55.3 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.3 in
53.9 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
32.2 in
27.3 in
35.2 in
Rear Seat Headroom
36.9 in
34.8 in
37.1 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
53.4 in
50.8 in
55 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
54 in
44.9 in
N/A

Weight and Trailing

Curb Weight
3,583 lbs
3,737 lbs
3,924 lbs

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
10.8 ft³
10.4 ft³
11.8 ft³

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Atomic Silver
  • Caviar
  • Liquid Platinum
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Redline
  • Ultra White
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
  • Atomic Silver
  • Blue Vortex Metallic
  • Caviar
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Infrared
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Black
  • Polar White

Optional Exterior Colors

N/A
N/A
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Selenite Grey Metallic
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • designo Diamond White Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

  • Black, F SPORT NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Chateau, F SPORT NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Rioja Red, F SPORT NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Black, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Glazed Caramel, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Playa, NuLuxe Seat Trim
  • Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Black, MB-Tex Upholstery
  • Crystal Grey/Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Crystal Grey/Black, MB-Tex Upholstery
  • Silk Beige/Black, Leather Upholstery
  • Silk Beige/Black, MB-Tex Upholstery

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Standard
Standard
Standard
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Hard Disk Drive Media Storage
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Optional
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Steering Wheel
Standard
Standard
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Woodgrain Interior Trim
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Comfort

Head-Up Display
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Liftgate
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Optional
Automatic Parking
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cooled Front Seat(s)
Standard
Optional
Optional
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Hands-Free Liftgate
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Heated Front Seat(s)
Standard
Optional
Optional
Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard
Optional
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Remote Trunk Release
Not Available
Not Available
Optional
Seat Memory
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard
Standard
Keyless Start
Standard
Standard
Standard
Telematics
Standard
Standard
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Optional
Not Available
Rear Parking Aid
Optional
Optional
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Optional
Optional
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Optional
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Standard
Optional
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
Side Crash Rating
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
6 Years / Unlimited Miles
6 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Drivetrain
6 Years / 70,000 Miles
6 Years / 70,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Maintenance
1 Years / 10,000 Miles
1 Years / 10,000 Miles
N/A
Roadside Assistance
4 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / Unlimited Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles