2013 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2013 Lexus ES 350
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 Lexus ES models arrive just in time to take on an all-new version of the Hyundai Azera and a brand-new Cadillac, the XTS, while the Lincoln MKS and Acura TL remain strong alternatives.

Compared to the ES, the Acura TL also has a (primarily) front-wheel-drive layout, but it still feels (and drives) somewhat sportier than the ES 350.

The Buick LaCrosse is sized about the same as the ES—if not slightly larger—and while it's a slightly better value for the money than the ES, the Buick brand doesn't quite have the same cachet (or dealer service).

The new Cadillac XTS is more expensive than the ES, but it offers the new CUE touch-screen interface—far better than Remote Touch—along with a number of active-safety features not seen in the ES (or MyLincoln Touch in the MKS).

Those who want all-wheel-drive in a larger, comfort-oriented luxury car will want to go for either the Lincoln MKS, the Buick LaCrosse, or the Cadillac XTS.

The Hyundai Azera is a new wildcard; just redesigned this past model year, it offers a lot of features for the money—along with some of the same luxury ambiance as the ES models, at an even lower price.

Otherwise, it's hard to beat the new ES 300h hybrid; other green-luxury possibilities like the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 or Mercedes Benz E 350 BlueTec cost far more.

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Quick Specs
Larger but leaner, the 2013 Lexus ES gains a hybrid model and some very attractive new styling to stave off strong new competition.
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
The 2013 Cadillac XTS is everything a big comfort-oriented luxury sedan should be--plus a lot more, for the safety- and tech-focused.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera is still a good value, but now it offers real design appeal, confident performance, and a true luxury-car ambiance.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS steers away from both traditional American luxury and German sport sedans--and ends up in a good place for those who want a distinctive, well-rounded big sedan.
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Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
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MidsizeMid-SizeMidsize CarsFull SizeLargeLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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