The Lexus ES lineup skirts a boundary between some luxury flagships like the Acura RLX or even Mercedes-Benz E-Class and a motley crew of upscale achievers from the likes of Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, and even Hyundai.
The Buick LaCrosse is only somewhat larger than the ES, and it doesn't really carry the Lexus' reputation or dealer service; on the other hand, the Cadillac XTS does deliver a premium experience, plenty of comfort, and the convenience of CUE, which is a better in-car interface than Remote Touch, albeit also with some glitches.
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.
Most of the alternatives we can think of to the ES 300h, on the green front -- like the Mercedes-Benz E 350 BlueTec and BMW ActiveHybrid 5 -- are significantly more pricey.
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|2015 Lexus ESBrowse Used Listings||2015 Acura RLXBrowse Used Listings||2015 Buick LacrosseBrowse Used Listings||2015 Cadillac XTSBrowse Used Listings||2015 Hyundai AzeraBrowse Used Listings||2015 Lincoln MKSBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6|
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|4-Door Sedan Crafted Line||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan FWD||4-Door Sedan FWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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