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2021 Audi A5 vs. 2020 Lexus RC 300 Review

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2021 Audi
A5

MSRP*: $41,800 to $44,000
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2020 Lexus
RC 300

MSRP*: $41,295 to $48,540
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Invoice* $39,292 to $41,360 $38,405 to $45,142
MPG - City 24 - 25 MPG 18 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 34 MPG 24 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 - 5 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 10.9 - 21.8 ft3 10.4 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 201 - 261 hp 241 - 260 hp
Exterior Length 184.9 - 187.2 in 185.0 in
Exterior Width 72.6 - 72.7 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.3 in
Rear 32.7 - 35.1 in
Front 45.4 in
Rear 27.3 in
Head Room Front 37.4 - 37.8 in
Rear 36.1 - 37.0 in
Front 39.0 in
Rear 34.8 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Audi A5 than the Lexus RC 300. The Lexus RC 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A5.

Convenience
The Audi A5 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Lexus RC 300, 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 Audi A5 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus RC 300. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A5 and the Lexus RC 300 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Audi A5 is about the same width as the Lexus RC 300. When looking at overall length, the Audi A5 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus RC 300.

Handling
The Audi A5 has a significantly larger turning radius than the Lexus RC 300, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Audi A5 is significantly less powerful than the Lexus RC 300. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Audi A5 and the Lexus RC 300 do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
The Audi A5 offers greater seating capacity than the Lexus RC 300, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Audi A5 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Lexus RC 300.

Warranty
The Audi A5 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus RC 300.