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2014 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus ES 300h than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Lexus ES 300h and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the front seats.

Convenience
The Lexus ES 300h will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus ES 300h will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus ES 300h and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 300h is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Lexus ES 300h, which is slightly longer than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Drivetrain
The Lexus ES 300h has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Lexus ES 300h has about the same turning radius as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus ES 300h is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus ES 300h and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Lexus ES 300h has less cargo capacity than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Lexus ES 300h comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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2014 Lexus
ES 300h

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MSRP*: $39,500

2015 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

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MSRP*: $38,400 - $48,590
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $2,000
Low APR Loan: -- --
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 40
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
19 - 24
Highway MPG: 39 27 - 31
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 4 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $37,000 $35,712 - $45,189

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