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2021 Land Rover Defender vs. 2021 Lexus ES 300h Review

New 2021 Land Rover Defender

2021 Land Rover
Defender

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New 2021 Lexus ES 300h

2021 Lexus
ES 300h

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MSRP*
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$62,700
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$41,910 to $50,910
Invoice* $58,938 $39,256 to $47,537
MPG - City 17 43
MPG - Hwy 22 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 6 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**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 Land Rover Defender than the Lexus ES 300h. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Land Rover Defender and the Lexus ES 300h in the front seats.

Convenience
The Lexus ES 300h requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Land Rover Defender, 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). The Land Rover Defender will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Lexus ES 300h, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 Land Rover Defender is much higher than that for the Lexus ES 300h.

Dimensions
Since the Land Rover Defender is much wider than the Lexus ES 300h, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Land Rover Defender takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus ES 300h.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Land Rover Defender does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Lexus ES 300h.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Land Rover Defender has a much more powerful engine than the Lexus ES 300h. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

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

Warranty
The Land Rover Defender comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus ES 300h.