2015 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2015 Lexus ES 350
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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 Lincoln MKS 4-door Sedan 3.7L FWD Angular Front Exterior View2015 Lincoln MKS
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 Lexus ES is the one of the best luxury cars for those who still have practical considerations like back-seat space and ride comfort; and the 300h Hybrid model is quite the counterpoint to much more expensive 'green luxury' models.
8.4
The 2015 Acura RLX is an understated luxury full-sizer that puts emphasis on unique technical solutions instead of all-out style and flair.
7.8
The Buick LaCrosse is both supremely comfortable and excellent on gas, but we'd point you to the Premium versions if you're seriously considering one.
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If you're looking for a car that offers comfort, technology, and safety as its greatest virtues, the 2015 Cadillac XTS does everything a big luxury sedan should.
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The 2015 Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.
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Little has changed with the 2015 Lincoln MKS; it continues to offer understated and reserved luxury with an available high-power turbocharged engine option that spices things up somewhat, at least in a straight line.
MSRP From     
$37,700$48,450$31,065$44,660$34,000$38,850
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Crafted Line4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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