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2020 Lexus RC 300 vs. 2021 Nissan LEAF Review

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2020 Lexus
RC 300

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2021 Nissan

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$41,295 to $48,540
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$31,670 to $43,970
Invoice* $38,405 to $45,142 $30,001 to $41,634
MPG - City 18 - 21 114 - 123
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 94 - 99
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 147-hp, (electric), 214-hp, (electric)
Seating Capacity 4 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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

Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Nissan LEAF than the Lexus RC 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Nissan LEAF, the Lexus RC 300 may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

With the Lexus RC 300 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Nissan LEAF, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 RC 300 is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan LEAF. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan LEAF.

Since the Lexus RC 300 is much wider than the Nissan LEAF, 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 RC 300, which is slightly longer than the Nissan LEAF.

With its lower torque, the Lexus RC 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Nissan LEAF.

The Lexus RC 300 has about the same turning radius as the Nissan LEAF, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus RC 300 is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan LEAF.

The Lexus RC 300 has less seating than the Nissan LEAF, making the Nissan LEAF the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Lexus RC 300 has significantly less cargo room than the Nissan LEAF, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus RC 300 than that of the Nissan LEAF.