2021 Lexus ES 250 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 | NewCars.com

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2021 Lexus ES 250 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 Review

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2021 Lexus
ES 250

MSRP*: $40,000 to $49,000
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
AMG CLA 45

MSRP*: $54,800
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Invoice* $37,468 to $45,749 $51,512
MPG - City 25 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 16.7 ft3 Info not available
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 203 hp 382 hp
Exterior Length 195.9 in 184.8 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 72.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.2 in
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Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 37.8 in
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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

Convenience
With the Lexus ES 250 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45, 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). Based on MSRP, the Lexus ES 250 is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45. 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 250 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 250 is a little wider than the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45, 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 250, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus ES 250 is significantly less powerful than the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Lexus ES 250 has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus ES 250 and the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45.

Warranty
The Lexus ES 250 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45.