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    Wednesday
    Aug162017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    San Jose drivers in the market for an efficient luxury vehicle may be weighing the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Deciding which is better will depend on your needs, and it helps to directly compare models so you can find one that meets your requirements.

    Here, we’ll look at the 2017 Lexus ES 300h to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e. The former is a hybrid, while the latter is a plug-in hybrid. Here’s how they compare:

    Hybrid Technology

    Lexus ES 300h

    A hybrid vehicle combines a traditional gasoline combustion engine with an electric motor whose power is generated on board, meaning you don’t need to use an external source of energy such as an outlet or generator. As such, a hybrid model like the Lexus ES 300h might be ideal if you plan on taking frequent road trips without having to stop and charge your vehicle.

    The 2017 ES 300h combines a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor, and utilizes the advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system to optimize power between the two sources for the most efficient use of energy. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    A plug-in hybrid isn’t as convenient as a hybrid, but does offer some advantages. While you’ll need to plug it in regularly to charge it, a plug-in gives you an electric-only range and thus usually offers better fuel economy on trips of less than 100 miles.

    The C350e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with a 60 kWh electric motor. A full charge takes at least two hours with a 220-volt outlet, and the model has an electric-only range of about 20 miles. Mercedes reports that it gets up to 45 MPGe city 61 MPGe highway, and makes a combined 275 horsepower.

    While the Benz plug-in does offer better fuel economy, you may want to take into account any potential increase in home energy use from plugging it in, as well as the higher MSRP.

    Interior and Features

    Lexus ES 300h

    Both the ES 300h and the C350e have seating for five passengers, but the Lexus offers more space than the Mercedes. The ES features 12.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, 41.9 inches of front leg room, 57.5 inches of front shoulder room, and 40 inches of rear leg room.

    All models of the 2017 ES have Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, a Premium Sound System with 8 speakers, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless technology, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    The 2017 C350e has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 41.7 inches of front leg room, 54.7 inches of front shoulder room, and 35.2 inches of rear leg room.

    The Mercedes C-Class comes standard with AM/FM Radio Seek and Scan, COMAND infotainment, 5-speaker audio system, and CD and MP3 players. Both the Lexus and Benz offer voice-activated navigation as a standard feature.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $42,820 MSRP (or $45,670 fully equipped)

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Starting at $46,050 MSRP (or $52,140 fully equipped)

    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 MSRP