2010 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2010 Lexus ES 350 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2010 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 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 Nissan Maxima is also 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.

2010 Lexus ES 350 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View2010 Lexus ES
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2010 Acura TL 4-door Sedan Man SH-AWD Tech HPT Angular Front Exterior View2010 Acura TL
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2010 Hyundai Azera2010 Hyundai Azera
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2010 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV Angular Front Exterior View2010 Nissan Maxima
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Quick Specs
Comfort-minded buyers who room for four in a sensibly-sized sedan—and still want the latest technology—won't be able to do much better than the 2010 Lexus ES 350.
Boldly styled and laden with high-tech features, the 2010 Acura TL is a solid value, though enthusiasts might find its overall ability lacking.
The 2010 Hyundai Azera appeals to sedan shoppers on a budget who value comfort and interior space above all else.
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ wraps its roomy, cozy interior in a conservative bod-with a slight nod to sporty drivers.
The 2010 Nissan Maxima might look like a sport sedan, but it lacks the edgy, high-performance feel necessary to complete the package.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODNAAutomaticContinuously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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