The Lexus ES has always split the difference between premium and full luxury, and its diverse competitors reflect that straddle.
The high-tech Acura RLX gets almost no attention, but it’s as luxurious and much better-handling than the far more popular ES.
The Buick Lacrosse and Kia Cadenza are premium entries from carmakers not considered luxury brands, but they score high on value even if they can’t come close to the Lexus dealer experience.
It failed to convince us, however.
Finally, if you have the financial wherewithal, the Volvo S90 may be the prettiest and most distinctive of the bunch, the most luxury entry among this group even as it stays priced below Mercedes and BMW.
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|2018 Lexus ESBrowse Used Listings||2018 Acura RLXBrowse Used Listings||2018 Buick LacrosseBrowse Used Listings||2018 Kia CadenzaBrowse Used Listings||2018 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2018 Volvo S90Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|ES 350 FWD||Sedan w/Technology Pkg||4-Door Sedan FWD||Premium Sedan||Hybrid Premiere FWD||T5 FWD Momentum|
|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||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2018 Lexus ES vs. 2018 Acura RLX||2018 Lexus ES vs. 2018 Buick Lacrosse||2018 Lexus ES vs. 2018 Kia Cadenza||2018 Lexus ES vs. 2018 Lincoln MKZ||2018 Lexus ES vs. 2018 Volvo S90|