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2020 Lexus RC 300 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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2020 Lexus
RC 300

MSRP*: $41,295 to $48,540
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2021 Mercedes-Benz
E-Class

MSRP*: $64,950 to $67,450
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Invoice* $38,405 to $45,142 $61,053 to $63,403
MPG - City 18 - 21 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 MPG 30 - 31 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 seats 4 seats
Cargo Space 10.4 ft3 10.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-6 Inline-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 241 - 260 hp 362 hp
Exterior Length 185.0 in 190.0 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 45.4 in
Rear 27.3 in
Front 41.8 in
Rear info not available
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 40.9 in
Rear 36.4 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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus RC 300 than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The Lexus RC 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Convenience
With the Mercedes-Benz E-Class you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Lexus RC 300, due to its tank size and 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). Based on MSRP, the Lexus RC 300 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 RC 300 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Lexus RC 300 is a little narrower than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Lexus RC 300 is slightly shorter than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which may make it easier to park.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus RC 300 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 RC 300 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 RC 300 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Lexus RC 300 as you will in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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