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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
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual Launch Edition 25 37 $17,455 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual TSI S 25 37 $18,523 $19,295
2-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $19,579 $20,395
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S 25 36 $20,155 $20,995
4-Door HB Manual TSI S w/Sunroof 25 37 $20,443 $21,295
4-Door HB Manual TDI S 30 45 $21,451 $22,345
4-Door HB Automatic TSI S w/Sunroof 25 36 $21,499 $22,395
4-Door HB DSG TDI S 31 43 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SE 25 36 $23,899 $24,895
4-Door HB Manual TDI SE 30 45 $24,859 $25,895
4-Door HB DSG TDI SE 31 43 $25,915 $26,995
4-Door HB Automatic TSI SEL 25 36 $26,299 $27,395
4-Door HB Manual TDI SEL 30 45 $27,259 $28,395
4-Door HB DSG TDI SEL 31 43 $28,315 $29,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,314
$17,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,700
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$628 / month
$300 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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 Volkswagen Golf and GTI trade flashy looks for great interior and cargo space, especially in the SportWagen model—but they don't give up anything for driving fun.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.1 93.5
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.8 -
Second Leg Room (in) 40 35.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 38.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.6 61
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 192.7 167.5
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 111 103.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.2 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 22.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 52.7
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 11.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 13.2
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/55VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/55VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3549 2901
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Engine
Fuel System Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
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 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.78
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.46 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42 1.27
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.15 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus ES 350 Volkswagen Golf
Body Style Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6.0 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.4 5.9 (Est)
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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
Rollover Rating
 
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