2018 Acura TLX vs Mercedes-Benz C300 Comparison


Considering a Mercedes-Benz C300? We recommend you try the new 2018 Acura TLX as well.

The TLX was just refreshed for 2018, with a dynamic new look that grabs attention for all the right reasons. Along with a sporty new five-point black mesh grille, it also boasts standard LED headlamps with automatic high beams for greater nighttime visibility. LED headlights with auto high beams will add $1,700 to the Mercedes C300's bottom line.

Truly, the 2018 TLX value proposition is hard to beat. Despite more standard features its $35,990 starting price is $8,000 more affordable than the base C300, but it still gets a powerful four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission featuring standard paddle shifters, paddles being optional with the Mercedes while its standard automatic transmission only offers seven forward gears.

The TLX also features standard Amplitude Reactive Dampers, Agile Handling Assist, and Precision All-Wheel Steering, none of which are available with the C300. Move up to Acura's renowned torque-vectoring Super Handling AWD and a state-of-the-art nine-speed automatic with paddles gets added.

The TLX even edges out the C300 for fuel economy, with a five-cycle Transport Canada rating of 10.0 L/100km in the city, 7.1 on the highway and 8.7 combined, compared to 10.1 city, 7.8 highway and 9.0 combined.

The standard TLX is considerably safer than the base C300 too, thanks to a full suite of advanced active safety technologies including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering wheel haptic feedback, lane keeping assist, and road departure mitigation, while standard convenience features include adaptive cruise control with low speed follow. You'll need to spend another $2,700 to get fewer active safety and convenience features in the C300.

A multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is also standard with the Acura, the C300 requiring the addition of a costly $3,900 package that's filled with features you may not want in order to get a simple rearview camera, while you'll need to pay $2,500 more for another package that bundles a garage door opener together with additional features, a Homelink universal remote standard with the Acura. Ultra useful Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration come standard with the TLX too, but neither is available with the C300.

Add it up. Getting a Mercedes-Benz C300 with such important safety and convenience features will set you back another $18,800 over than the beautifully finished, high-quality TLX, and you'll even save a bit at the pump. Do yourself a favour and take a closer look at the impressive new 2018 Acura TLX.