2021 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 | NewCars.com

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2021 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 Review

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2021 Lexus
ES 300h

MSRP*: $41,910 to $50,910
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
AMG CLA 45

MSRP*: $54,800
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Invoice* $39,256 to $47,537 $51,512
MPG - City 43 MPG 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 44 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 Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 176 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 37.4 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 300h 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus ES 300h will have less of an impact on your bank account than 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 300h and the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 300h 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 300h, 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 300h 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 300h 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 300h and the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45.

Warranty
The Lexus ES 300h comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45.