Should You Buy a Toyota or a Mercedes Benz? (Best Models)

In this article, we pitch Toyota and Mercedes against each other and find out which one is the best. This article will also compare the flagship models sold by Toyota and Mercedes Benz.

Toyota Vs Mercedes Benz

The table below shows key information on both the companies:

Company –ToyotaMercedes Benz
Production output9,472,556 units2,164,187 units
Number of models50+25
Parent companyToyota GroupMercedes Benz AG

Toyota and Mercedes Benz are the oldest and largest automotive manufacturers in the world. Mercedes Benz located in Stuttgart, Germany produces more than 4 million cars annually. Mercedes Benz is also into the manufacturing of commercial vehicles, Vans.

Unlike Mercedes Benz, Toyota is famous for low maintenance and cheaper cars. Hence comparing both the companies is not fair as their products are targeted toward different types of customers. 

Where are the Mercedes Benz factories located?

Mercedes Benz has production factories all over the world but the main manufacturing factories are located only in Germany. Another location does not manufacture cars but only assembles from knockdown kits. The company has factories in 17 countries across 4 continents. 

The factory in Stuttgart, Germany is the mother factory, all the development, production and shipment of engines, transmissions and CKDs are shipped from this location. It is also the headquarters of Daimler AG, recently named Mercedes Benz group AG. The Stuttgart factory has a history extending back over 115 years and it is the highest tech location for the production of cars and hybrid drive systems. 

The plant has six total facilities, Untertürkheim and Bad Cannstatt are responsible for the production of engines and the forge is also located there. The transmissions are manufactured in Hedelfingen. Mettingen has the foundry for axle production.

Where are the Toyota factories located?

The headquarters of Toyota is located in Aichi prefecture Japan. Toyota is a Japanese automotive giant selling more than 10 million cars annually. The company mainly develops and produces small cars, pickup trucks and SUVs in the domestic as well as international markets.

Toyota follows a very different manufacturing style compared to Mercedes Benz, its philosophy is to take only what is needed when it is needed and only in the amount that is needed. 

The Toyota production system also strikes the perfect balance between man and machines. Instead of manufacturing only in japan and shipping out to the rest of the world, Toyota builds factories in the countries where it is going to sell the products. The localization is more than 800 % which allows for keeping the overall production cost low and cars can be more affordable.

Toyota passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold in more than 170 countries. There are more than 36 vehicle-producing factories across the globe with plans to establish additional factories in Canada and Mexico. Toyota manufactures more than 10 million cars in a year which is equivalent to one car coming off the production line every 3.1 seconds.

Asia is the biggest market for Toyota, it also has 25 manufacturing plants, and 9 factories are located in China. There are approximately 400,000 Toyota employees across the globe.

Toyota Century Vs Mercedes Benz S class.

Toyota Century is a full-size luxury sedan only sold in Japan. It is the flagship model of the Toyota company and is used by government officials as well as the royal family members in Japan. The first generation was launched in 1967 with the model series G20/G30/G40 and used a V8 engine which was replaced by a V12 engine in the second generation.

The Toyota century continued to use the 1GZ-FE V12 engine from  1997 to 2017. The engine was massive 5.0litres with double overhead camshafts producing around 300 bhp and 480 NM of torque. The V12 engine produced its maximum torque at very low 1200 RPMs and it was also capable of operating on only 6 cylinders should a fault occur in the ignition system.

The V12 engine was replaced by the 2UR-FSE V 8 engine in 2018. The latest V8 engine featured direct injection and an aluminium die-cast engine block to keep the weight low. The maximum power output is 400bhp and 520NM of torque. It is currently used in the third generation of the Toyota Century.

The third generation of the Toyota century also gets the latest driver assistance system like collision prevention assists and active cruise control. Toyota’s hybrid drive system called hybrid synergy drive is also present on the vehicle.

Priority is given to utmost customer comfort luxury with reclining rear seats, 20-inch LCD and integrated seat heater with massaging function.

Mercedes Benz S class also focuses on comfort and luxury. There are inline 6 and v8 petrol engines making around 600 horsepower. The S class is currently in the seventh generation and has the most advanced driver assistance systems on board. 

The driver assistance systems are capable of driving the s class without any inputs from the driver. S class also sets a benchmark in safety by featuring a first-in-class rear passenger airbag located on the backside of the front seats. 

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Although today Toyota is the biggest automobile manufacturer, its flagship models like the Toyota century are limited to domestic markets. Mercedes Benz on the other hand is the global leader when it comes to delivering the S class across the globe. Toyota, therefore, uses its other brands like Lexus and Gazoo Racing (GR) to directly compete against Mercedes Benz on a Global scale.


FAQs: Toyota Vs Mercedes Benz

Is Benz better than Toyota?

Yes, Mercedes Benz is better than Toyota as Mercedes Benz has factories in international markets and makes good cars, Toyota is also a reliable Japanese manufacturer and makes more cars than Mercedes Benz in a year. The Toyota cars are more focused on the average car buyer with low maintenance costs. 

What car is better than a Mercedes?

Currently, Mercedes Benz makes the best car in the luxury passenger car market and no car beat the comfort and performance levels of the Mercedes Benz cars.

What is the difference between Mercedes-Benz and Toyota?

Mercedes Benz is a German car manufacturer that makes high-end performance cars while Toyota is a Japanese car manufacturer focused on making compact reasonable cars with low maintenance.