2016 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus ES 350
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 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 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.

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, as well as plenty of comfort.

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

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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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Lexus ES is is more comfortable, roomy, and practical than the sport sedans it is priced against, especially the 300h Hybrid, which delivers excellent fuel economy for far less than its "green luxury" rivals.
8.4
The 2016 Acura RLX offers some minor updates to an already competent—if subtle—luxury package. It's an interesting alternative to the other cars in its class.
7.8
In any trim, the Buick LaCrosse is comfortable and well-appointed, but serious buyers should consider Premium versions.
8.6
The 2016 Cadillac XTS has virtues beyond its size; as a VSport, it's an exceedingly comfortable, quick cruiser.
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The 2016 Lincoln MKS offers a kind of luxury that's understated and reserved—although from the driver's seat it's a little more inspiring than you might expect.
8.2
The 2015 Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.
MSRP From     
$38,100$50,950$31,065$45,295$39,010$34,000
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 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 Sedan4-Door Sedan Navigation4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan FWD4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan
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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