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2020 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

New 2020 Lexus ES 300h

2020 Lexus
ES 300h

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New 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz
C-Class

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MSRP*
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$41,810 to $45,660
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$41,400 to $43,400
Invoice* $39,163 to $42,707 $38,916 to $40,796
MPG - City 43 23 - 24
MPG - Hwy 44 33 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 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 Lexus ES 300h than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Lexus ES 300h may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus ES 300h as you will with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 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 C-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus ES 300h is much wider than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. 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 C-Class.

Drivetrain
The Lexus ES 300h has much less torque than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Lexus ES 300h has a larger turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Lexus ES 300h will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Warranty
The Lexus ES 300h comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.