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2021 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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2021 Lexus
ES 300h

MSRP*: $41,910 to $50,910
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class

MSRP*: $54,250 to $62,000
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Invoice* $39,256 to $47,537 $50,995 to $58,280
MPG - City 43 MPG 22 - 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 44 MPG 30 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 16.7 ft3 13.1 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4, Inline-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 176 hp 255 - 362 hp
Exterior Length 195.9 in 194.3 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 72.9 - 73.7 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.2 in
Front 41.3 in
Rear 35.8 in
Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 37.9 in
Rear 38.2 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 E-Class. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Lexus ES 300h and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the front seats.

Convenience
The Lexus ES 300h will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 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). Based on MSRP, the Lexus ES 300h is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz E-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 E-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 300h is about the same width as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. When looking at overall length, the Lexus ES 300h takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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

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