2019 LEXUS ES 350 VS. 2019 MERCEDES BENZ E-300

Performance

Both vehicles deliver smooth, comfortable rides but the Lexus easily outpaces the German automobile, thanks to its gutsier 3.5-liter V6 motor. This engine is much more powerful than the E 300's motor, trumping the Mercedes in many key performance categories. As mentioned, the Lexus houses a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is capable of putting out 302 hp and 267 pound-feet of torque. The E-300 on the other hand houses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which puts out 241 hp and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes does give motorists the option to upgrade to a 362-hp E 450, 429-hp AMG E 53, or AMG E 63 engine. However, those upgrades all add dollars to the E 300's already substantial price tag.

Fuel Economy

Ordinarily big engines make fuel economy suffer, but that's not the case when you choose the 2019 Lexus ES 350. You won't notice too much of a difference between the two vehicles in the city, but you'll fill up the Mercedes more often if you spend a lot of time on the open road. The 2019 Lexus ES 350 gets 22 mpg in the city while the 2019 Mercedes Benz E-300 gets 21 mpg. Out on the open road is where the ES 350 shines a little brighter by getting 33 mpg, while the E-300 only gets 30 mpg.

Measurements

Initially there seems to be very little separating the dimensions of the Lexus and Mercedes. They are roughly as long and wide as one another with generous headroom and legroom up front. However, if you're traveling with teens or adults in the back, you'll want the Lexus. Less than one-half inch separates the rear headroom, but rear passengers have 3 inches more than they do in the Mercedes.

The Lexus also has more space in the trunk for groceries, luggage, and sporting equipment. Its cargo capacity of 16.7 cubic feet is much more generous than the 13.1 cubic feet of space Mercedes provides.

Pricing

Perhaps the greatest difference between the Lexus and Mercedes is their price. The ES 350 is on the lower end of the luxury price bracket with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $39,750 for the base model. When you buy the E 300, you're paying extra for the esteemed Mercedes brand. With a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $53,500, it's $13,750 more expensive than the Lexus. That substantial price gap, coupled with the ES 350's many excellent features, should be enough to make many motorists consider whether the Mercedes is really worth the splurge.  

If you want to know if the 2019 Lexus ES is the right car for you, feel free to schedule a test drive.