2014 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

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Davis Adams Davis Adams Contributor

The Buick LaCrosse has been updated for 2014, and is about the same size–if not a little larger–than the ES.

It doesn't carry the same luxury cachet or dealer service that you'll find with a Lexus, but the LaCrosse is a slightly better value for the money.

Cadillac's XTS is more expensive than the ES, but it also comes with a more sophisticated infotainment system, CUE, than Lexus Remote Touch.

The XTS also has a wide array of active safety features not even available in the ES.

If you're looking for all-wheel-drive, the Buick LaCrosse, Lincoln MKS and Cadillac XTS are your answers.

The Hyundai Azera may not sound like it fits here, but it offers some Lexus-like luxury ambiance and a lot of features for the money.

Otherwise, the Lexus ES 300h is hard to beat; other options include the Mercedes-Benz E 350 BlueTec and BMW ActiveHybrid 5, but both cost significantly more money.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Lexus ES is an attractive package in its segment, and the hybrid model makes for a very compelling alternative to more expensive green luxury cars.
The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions.
For those focused on safety, technology, and comfort—but not necessarily performance—the 2014 Cadillac XTS is everything a big luxury sedan should be.
The 2014 Hyundai Azera is a big, comfortable sedan that offers serious design appeal and a luxury-car ambiance.
The 2014 Lincoln MKS doesn't fly in the same business class with the best German luxosedans, but it's a quiet, capable alternative in the second tier of big, upscale sedans.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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