2011 Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
vs. 2011 Toyota
Camry XLE

2011 Toyota Camry XLE

9.8

starting from

$27,485

Reasons to buy the Toyota Camry XLE

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Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Fantastic range on the highway
592 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
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Good range in the city
407 miles
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury

9.8

starting from

$36,775

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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High top speed
155 mph
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Average 0-60 time
6.8 seconds
Performance 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Winner: C300 Luxury
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  • The C300 Luxury's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The C300 Luxury's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.6 lb/hp vs 20.0 lb/hp
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Toyota Camry XLE Winner: Camry XLE
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  • The Camry XLE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the C300 Luxury
  • A single tank lasts more than 30% longer, 592 miles vs 452 miles
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 52.9 ft3 vs 49.0 ft3
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Winner: C300 Luxury
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Winner: C300 Luxury
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C300 Luxury; but it's not available at all on the Camry XLE
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have good airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Performance

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Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Camry XLE
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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Horsepower 169 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 228 HP @ 6,000 RPM The C300 Luxury is of average power, but the Camry XLE is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The C300 Luxury has more gears and the Camry XLE is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The C300 Luxury's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.0 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp The C300 Luxury has OK performance while the Camry XLE gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The C300 Luxury has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 35.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Practicality

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 592 miles vs 452 miles The Camry XLE gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the C300 Luxury gets OK distance
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Cargo space 14.5 ft3 vs 12.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 49.0 ft3 The Camry XLE has average-sized front seats, while the C300 Luxury is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Camry XLE is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the C300 Luxury
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Camry XLE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the C300 Luxury
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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MSRP $27,485 vs $36,775 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The Camry XLE has OK city mileage, while the C300 Luxury is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The C300 Luxury's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Camry XLE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The C300 Luxury's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Camry XLE's is very short

Entertainment System

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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Number of speakers 8 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Camry XLE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the C300 Luxury does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Camry XLE's satellite radio; in the C300 Luxury, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the C300 Luxury; but it's not available at all on the Camry XLE

Safety Features

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 6 Both have good airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs mbrace

Luxury Features

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Road Tests

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Camry XLE
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2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury Mercedes-Benz
C300 Luxury
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0-60 mph 9.4 seconds vs 6.8 seconds The C300 Luxury's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camry XLE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 142 ft vs 129 ft The C300 Luxury's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Camry XLE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.2 s @ 84 mph vs 15.2 s @ 95 mph The C300 Luxury's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Camry XLE's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.8 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 122 mph vs 155 mph The C300 Luxury can hit high speeds, but the Camry XLE is below average for this class of vehicle

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