The 2011 ES 350 is one of many conservative, front-wheel-drive sedans that favor ride and comfort over performance, to differing degrees.
The Hyundai Azera and new Buick LaCrosse also tend toward the comfort end of the scale, but both have a very competitive price and the Buick in particular has an expressive new interior that's arguably better looking than that of the Lexus.
Acura's TL is a bit sportier than the ES 350, though some of its styling details, like its grille, aren't to everyone's liking.
The Nissan Maxima is a sportier option; it has a roomy, stylish interior and more of an emphasis on performance, but it lacks the refinement and isolation of the overall experience in the Lexus and doesn't offer the excellent Lexus dealership experience.
The Lincoln MKZ is also 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; some might be interested to hear that an all-new MKIZ Hybrid is offered this year, with fuel economy ratings of more than 40 mpg.
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|2011 Lexus ES 350Browse Used Listings||2011 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai AzeraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Electric I4||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan GLS||4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD||4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Continuously variable ratio||Continuously Variable|