I enjoy comfort, quiet and a smooth ride.
Although a smooth ride and a quiet cabin have traditionally been among the ES 350’s strong points, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no slouch in those areas, either, so any advantage for Lexus isn’t huge.
How much space you have can directly affect how comfortable you are, and the ES 350 has a lot more passenger room than the C300. With its redesign for 2013, the ES 350 has a significantly larger interior than the previous generation or the Mercedes C-Class. Lexus lists 100 cubic feet of passenger space (plus 15.4 cubic feet for the trunk). In comparison, the C300 has 88.2 cubic feet of interior volume and a 12.4-cubic-foot trunk. The most noticeable difference is rear legroom. Advantage Lexus.
On comfort, we hesitate to say that the seats in one are better than the other, so that is something you will have to determine based on how your body feels. Depending on where you live, knowing that the C300 has standard all-wheel drive may provide more comfort than the seats, especially during the winter. The ES 350 comes only with front-wheel drive. On the other hand, you may be comforted to know that the ES 350 has consistently scored at or near the top in its class in the J.D. Power and Associates initial-quality and dependability studies, and the C-Class hasn’t.
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