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2020 Lexus RC 300 vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

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2020 Lexus
RC 300

MSRP*: $41,295 to $48,540
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2021 Toyota
Prius

MSRP*: $24,525 to $32,650
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Invoice* $38,405 to $45,142 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 18 - 21 MPG 51 - 58 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 MPG 47 - 53 MPG
Seating Capacity 4 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) 121-hp, 1.8-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T, 8-Speed A/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 241 - 260 hp 121 hp
Exterior Length 185.0 in 180.0 in
Exterior Width 72.4 in 69.3 in
Leg Room Front 45.4 in
Rear 27.3 in
Front 42.3 in
Rear 33.4 in
Head Room Front 39.0 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*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 Toyota Prius than the Lexus RC 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus RC 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Prius.

Convenience
With the Toyota Prius 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). The Lexus RC 300 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Toyota Prius, which has a much lower MSRP. 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 Toyota Prius have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus RC 300 is much wider than the Toyota Prius, 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 Toyota Prius.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Lexus RC 300 has a much more powerful engine than the Toyota Prius. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Lexus RC 300 does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Toyota Prius.

Utility
The Lexus RC 300 has less seating than the Toyota Prius, making the Toyota Prius the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

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