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2014 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2015 Subaru WRX STI Review

Comparison Review

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 Subaru WRX STI. The Subaru WRX STI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus ES 300h.

Convenience
With the Lexus ES 300h you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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). The Lexus ES 300h is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru WRX STI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Lexus ES 300h is much higher than that for the Subaru WRX STI.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 300h is a little wider than the Subaru WRX STI, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Lexus ES 300h, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Subaru WRX STI.

Drivetrain
The Lexus ES 300h has much less torque than the Subaru WRX STI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Lexus ES 300h has a larger turning radius than the Subaru WRX STI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus ES 300h is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX STI. 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 Subaru WRX STI. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Lexus ES 300h as you will in the Subaru WRX STI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus ES 300h than that of the Subaru WRX STI.

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2014 Lexus
ES 300h

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MSRP*: $39,500

2015 Subaru
WRX STI

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MSRP*: $34,495 - $38,495
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City MPG: 40
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
17
Highway MPG: 39 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $37,000 $32,635 - $36,355

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