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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 21 31 $35,314 $37,700
4-Door Sedan Crafted Line 21 31 $37,950 $40,440
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige 23 33 $27,808 $29,900
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Premium Plus 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan FWD 2.0 TDI Prestige 31 43 $30,318 $32,600
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
4-Door Sedan quattro 2.0T Prestige 24 33 $30,876 $33,200
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Premium Plus 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet FWD 1.8T Prestige 24 35 $33,108 $35,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
2-Door Cabriolet quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 32 $35,898 $38,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,314
$27,808
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,700
$29,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$498 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2015 Lexus ES is the one of the best luxury cars for those who still have practical considerations like back-seat space and ride comfort; and the 300h Hybrid model is quite the counterpoint to much more expensive 'green luxury' models. The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.1 -
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55 53
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.8 -
Second Leg Room (in) 40 35.1
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 39.6
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 -
Length, Overall (in) 192.7 175
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 60.1
Wheelbase (in) 111 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.6 61.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.2 12.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11 10.7
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 12.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 36
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/55VR17 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/55VR17 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3549 3175
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7 18 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 248 @ 4700 200 @ 1600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5 L/211 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6200 170 @ 4500
Engine Type Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.46 4.12
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42 1.30
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.15 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 2.05
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.90
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus ES 350 Audi A3
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Strut Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6.0 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.4 6.5 (Est)
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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