Compare 2021 Acura TLX vs 2021 Lexus ES

2021 Acura TLX
2021 Lexus ES
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FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TLX FWD 22 31 $36,554 $37,500
TLX FWD w/A-Spec Package 22 30 $42,018 $44,250
TLX FWD w/Advance Package 22 31 $43,865 $46,300
TLX FWD w/Technology Package 22 31 $39,497 $41,500
TLX SH-AWD 21 29 $38,500 $39,500
TLX SH-AWD w/A-Spec Package 21 29 $43,914 $46,250
TLX SH-AWD w/Advance Package 21 29 $45,757 $48,300
TLX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 21 29 $41,397 $43,500
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ES 250 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ES ES 250 AWD 25 34 $37,468 $40,000
ES ES 250 F SPORT AWD 25 34 $42,805 $45,800
ES ES 250 Luxury AWD 25 34 $42,254 $45,200
ES ES 250 Ultra Luxury AWD 25 34 $45,749 $49,000
ES ES 300h FWD 43 44 $39,256 $41,910
ES ES 300h Luxury FWD 43 44 $44,042 $47,110
ES ES 300h Ultra Luxury FWD 43 44 $47,537 $50,910
ES ES 350 F SPORT FWD 22 31 $42,805 $45,800
ES ES 350 FWD 22 32 $37,468 $40,000
ES ES 350 Luxury FWD 22 32 $42,254 $45,200
ES ES 350 Ultra Luxury FWD 22 32 $45,749 $49,000

2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus ES: Compare Cars

Mid-size sedans aren’t the mainstay of American driveways that they used to be, but they still offer practicality and value. We count them among some of the best vehicles on the market, especially in the premium and luxury segments. 

The 2021 Acura TLX and 2021 Lexus ES both exist in that space between mainstream cars and luxury stalwarts like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. However, recent redesigns for both have brought them closer to true luxury. They’ve also gotten sportier and better looking.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,554
$37,468
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,500
$40,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$625 / month
$667 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Acura TLX plants its flag among premium mid-size sedans with a racy design, strong turbocharged engines, and improved dynamics. The 2021 Lexus ES grabs some of the LS’ spotlight with its sleek shape and its sky-high hybrid economy.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.4 99.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 55
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 39.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.9
Second Head Room (in)
36.3 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.6 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
113 113
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 73.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64 62.9
Length, Overall (in)
194.6 195.9
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 56.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.5 16.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 11.1
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.1 38
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/50VR18 P215/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50VR18 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3709 3780
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7.5
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
280 @ 1600 184 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
272 @ 6500 203 @ 6500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 25
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.25 5.25
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.59 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 1.95
Trans Type
10 8
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 0.81
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.97 4.01
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.03
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.60 1.46
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 0.67
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TLX Lexus ES
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 6.4
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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2021 Acura TLX
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2021 Lexus ES
  • 2021 Lexus ES available; 2020s sold out
  • Lease: From $339 for 36 months
  • Rebate: Up to $1,500 cash
  • Finance: From 0.9% APR for 60 months
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