2009 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2009 Lexus ES 350
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 3502009 Lexus ES
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2009 Lincoln MKZ 2009 Lincoln MKZ
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2008 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Auto Angular Front Exterior View2008 Acura TL
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2008 Hyundai Azera GLS2008 Hyundai Azera
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2008 Nissan Maxima SL2008 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
The 2009 Lexus ES 350 is a luxurious automobile with a cushy ride that would make Buick proud—if Buick still built cars like this.
Though it’s in a very conservative package, the 2009 Lincoln MKZ is a credible luxury bargain for those who value comfort over driving excitement.
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODNAContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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