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2021 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

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2021 Lexus
IS 300

MSRP*: $39,050 to $41,050
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
A-Class

MSRP*: $33,650 to $35,650
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Invoice* $36,318 to $38,178 $31,631 to $33,511
MPG - City 19 - 21 MPG 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 31 MPG 34 - 36 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 241-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 260-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 188-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T, 8-Speed A/T 7-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 241 - 260 hp 188 hp
Exterior Length 185.4 in 179.1 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 44.8 in
Rear 32.2 in
Front 41.8 in
Rear 33.9 in
Head Room Front 38.2 in
Rear 36.9 in
Front 40.3 in
Rear 37.2 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 A-Class than the Lexus IS 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Lexus IS 300 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 IS 300 as you will with the Mercedes-Benz A-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 IS 300 is somewhat more expensive than the Mercedes-Benz A-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 IS 300 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus IS 300 is much wider than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Lexus IS 300, which is slightly longer than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Handling
The Lexus IS 300 has a smaller turning radius than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus IS 300 is somewhat more powerful than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Lexus IS 300 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Warranty
The Lexus IS 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.