The ES 350 compares to stylish, albeit conservative, front-wheel-drive luxury cars that favor ride over performance.
The interior of the Lexus ES 350 looks and feels expensive, but so does the trim inside the Hyundai Azera—a vehicle that handles better than the Lexus while undercutting it in price by thousands of dollars.
The Lincoln MKZ is a sharper-edged car, with an interior that is at the same time more stylish but less rich-looking.
The Lincoln’s engine also has more growl, and it's available with all-wheel drive.
The Acura TL is a much edgier performer with a style that's up to the challenge.
Another more distant rival is the Nissan Maxima, which is roomy and stylish, with a surprisingly comfortable and opulent interior—emphasizing performance without sacrificing ride.
However, the Maxima doesn’t offer the superior service that names like Lexus, Lincoln, and Acura bring at the dealership level.
|2009 Lexus ES 350Browse Used Listings||2009 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2008 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai AzeraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan FWD||4-Door Sedan Automatic||4-Door Sedan GLS||4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||NA||Continously Variable|