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2021 Lexus ES 300h vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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2021 Lexus
ES 300h

MSRP*: $41,910 to $50,910
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2020 Mercedes-Benz
S-Class

MSRP*: $94,250 to $109,750
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Invoice* $39,256 to $47,537 $88,595 to $103,165
MPG - City 43 MPG 17 - 19 MPG
MPG - Hwy 44 MPG 27 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 16.7 ft3 12.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 V-6, V-8
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 176 hp 362 - 463 hp
Exterior Length 195.9 in 206.9 in
Exterior Width 73.4 in 74.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.2 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 43.0 in
Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 39.2 in
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

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class than the Lexus ES 300h, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus ES 300h.

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 S-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). Based on MSRP, the Lexus ES 300h is clearly a better financial choice over the Mercedes-Benz S-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 S-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus ES 300h is a little narrower than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Lexus ES 300h, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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

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