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Mercedes-Benz C230 Vs Acura RSX

pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
edited March 24 in Acura
Mercedes-Benz C230: image

Acura RSX: image

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,893
    What is there to compare here? Different price, different countries of origin, different ammenities, different performance. Am I missing something?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • suprchrgdsuprchrgd Posts: 8
    ummm both cars are hatchbacks under 30k... both cars are 200'ish horsepower... i think they are head to head competitors
  • tommyp13tommyp13 Posts: 146
    If you look at them from a distance, they are similar: $24-25k, smallish 4-people cars, 190-200 hp, entry-level luxuryish cars.

    Once you see the details, though, they are very different. I'd call the Acura more performance-oriented, and the C230 more cruising-oriented.

    I ordered my C230 last night, so you can see where I was on the fence.

    BTW: is there a reason why we needed to set up a new discussion for this? The old one's been around awhile, and only got a smattering of posts anyway.
  • carloveecarlovee Posts: 3
    I was very intrigued with the benz but by the time I added what I wanted to it (AT, moonroof) the sticker price was up in the 28-29k range. Besides, a rear-wheel drive car in upstate NY is asking for trouble. I bought a base rsx. Just drove it home today actually.
  • uthinxuthinx Posts: 21
    You ordered it on the 21st and picked it up on the 27th? Where in upstate NY? I'm still waiting for mine to come in.
  • carloveecarlovee Posts: 3
    uthinx - I was looking for the base model with AT. They had one at the syracuse dealership (Crest Acura) but I it was silver with a rear spoiler which is an option and color I didn't want. When I asked about ordering one they started talking about a Oct/Nov. delivery. So I drove down to Motorworld in Wilkes-Barres PA to pick up a Desert metalic base model that they had just delivered to the dealership.

    35mpg on the highway by the way. Still lovin the car. Good luck.
  • hey...i got this huge decision. on one side is the acura rsx. If i get this itll be w/leater add the cassete, gold emblem kit, and different tires, and titanium interior kit with the total coming up around 24k-25k..on the other side is the Benz. Itll have No leather (dealer says they have none due to mad cow disease in germany) and automatic transmission. This will be around 26,850....BUT i have a trade in worth 3, for 23k i could have a benz (more hp nicer front design) or for 21k i could have an acura (better rear design)....whats the better choice regarding safety as well.
  • tommyp13tommyp13 Posts: 146
    The Benz has 8 airbags, brake assist (computer notes that you are panic braking and "helps" you apply maximum braking power), and ESP, which senses for potential skidding, and applies a small amount of braking to the proper wheel to correct [ESP can be disabled with the touch of a button].
    The Benz also has larger crumple zones. Of course, it's a heavier car, so it had better be a safer car.
    If I can't convince you to go for a manny and save $1k and possibly upgrade to the rsx-s, I'd say that the Benz would be a better choice if comfort and safety are more important to you. If you want more of a compact car with better handling and probably a little better reliability, then it's the base rsx.
  • ecarmackecarmack Posts: 161
    plastic wood, vinyl roofs, etc. etc. should be forever banned on vehicles. Personally, I can even do without real wood in a car. I'm sure the new titanium look will just be a fad, but it suits me just fine.
  • yeah..i cant stand that funny looking wood all over the place. It looks ok in some cars. The titanium trim just makes everything stick out a little more, without it the whole rsx interior is black. But about the benz...about how much off the sticker price do u think i can/try to get off. the dealer told me 26,850 with destination fee. Do u think i could get this thing down to 25.5k or 26k or even more?
  • ecarmackecarmack Posts: 161
    I do not believe anyone is getting discounts on either of these cars yet. I'm sure you will be able to negotiate deals on the RSX sooner than the C230. Perhaps next year, if the idea of a Mercedes hatch-back does not go over all that well, dealers will start discounting some. However, with the number of C230s being made and at $25 to $30k, I doubt Mercedes will have any problems.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    That is so tacky. Even on a Mercedes it's tacky. Silver and chrome just seem to work better with cars than gold. I especially hate plood. It's like having vinyl seats instead of leather.

    I do like the titanium looks on the RSX. Mercedes tries too hard to make the C230 look like its other, more expensive, brothers on the interior. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's just weird to see all that wood trim on an entry-level Benz.
  • tommyp13tommyp13 Posts: 146
    And, Diploid, while agree about the gold kit comment, you must have not looked at the interior of a c230 in person. It's got a patterned aluminum dash on it, not wood, which looks really nice on it. Makes it look more sporty without being tacky. And I think that they've done a really good job with making it appear Benzy without being stodgy at the same time.

    When I negotiated, I was able to get a good deal on the changer, and that was about it.

    I don't think that you're going to get Acura off MSRP either for a while.
  • hey thanks for all the info. it looks like its hard to get any type of discount on the benz and i have a budget of 27k, but im going into the dealer and demanding one.. ("please sir, can i have the benz") it could happen. The only thing id wish theyd do was throw in a standard cd player into those things...maybe/hopefully next year (i was thinking of just using a car kit, but thats dorked up for a benz...BUT i AM desperate, so who knows). As for the rsx discount i have some connections so i should be able to get the rsx for around or even less than 24k...or at least thats what the sales guy said.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    For some reason I just remembered seeing the C coupe with wood trim. I obviously was not looking at the C coupe, then.

    So I checked out the pictures on Edmunds...I'm not too wild about that interior pattern scheme.

    Is that a navigation system I see in there?
  • I was quoted today a price of $26579.59 for a black, 6 spd, oyster cloth seats, "on star" c230, tax, tag, mounted, balanced, out the front door. The only problem is that I hate to pay sticker.

    For those of you who pine for leather seats, beware! Leather has all the qualities of vinyl! It is hot in the summer, cold in the winter, slippery, stiff, plus it fades. Believe me leather is NOT the best seat material. Save your money and opt for cloth seats!
  • tommyp13tommyp13 Posts: 146
    I still think that you're going to have a tough time with negotiating.
  • If you take one long hard stare at the Merc's pattern on the cloth interior you will be hypnotized into ordering one with leather (or atleast I was). T-minus 60 days till my package arrives from the fine folks in Germany =)
  • 1702817028 Posts: 45
    Mercedes has a no-haggling policy since last year, if I remember correctly. I've heard they can give some on a few options.

    About leather. I personally prefer cloth, but seriously, try selling a Mercedes on the used car market without leather.
  • ccoupe1ccoupe1 Posts: 2
    this is a beautiful car i ordered mine last week with leather the roof option upgraded stereo and wheel package As you all know by now Mercedes is not giving anything off the sticker so the best thing to do is lease it i got mine for 36 months for under 450 per month no money down. and i got to order it not just pick what was available. i cant wait to get it in October
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