2019 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2019 Lexus ES has its work cut out for it.

Our favorite in its diverse competitive set is the sublime Volvo S90 for its attractive interior and balanced driving dynamics.

The Lincoln MKZ is its polar opposite: attractive looking, but not particularly good to drive.

Like the ES, the MKZ offers buyers a choice of gas or hybrid engines priced about the same.

The Acura RLX dazzles with its smooth powertrain, but its anonymous styling doesn't lure many shoppers into showrooms.

It's worth looking at the Jaguar XF, a sporty sedan that's often discounted.

For the budget-minded, the Toyota Avalon offers similar performance without the low-gloss sheen.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Lexus ES deletes “sedate” from its vocabulary.
The 2019 Acura RLX wraps a forward-thinking powertrain in a comfortable but cookie-cutter package.
The 2019 Jaguar XF mid-size luxury sedan is even better as a wagon; a well-earned break from the crossover craze.
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is comfortable, quiet, and quick with the right engine, but lacks a refinement that other brands deliver.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon takes a hard right into sporty territory to take on rivals from Nissan and Chrysler.
The 2019 Volvo S90 is a superlative and comfortable mid-size luxury sedan with a brain.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
ES 350 FWDSedan w/Technology PkgSedan 25t Premium RWDHybrid Standard FWDXLE (GS)T5 FWD Momentum
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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