2020 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2020 Lexus ES 300h
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

As the full-size sedan ranks continue to shrink, the Lexus ES faces a different competitive set annually.

The Jaguar XF is a class above but is often discounted, and it’s a good choice if you can get past its so-so infotainment and occasional rough edge.

The Volvo S90 has been around for a few years, thought its sleek, sedate design still charms.

VW’s Arteon is new to the segment, and while it’s more of an aspirational choice than the others, it’s a decent value and can be had with all-wheel drive.

The Acura RLX is a rare, high-tech sight.

You won’t see another in your office parking lot.

Don’t forget about the Toyota Avalon, which offers Lexus-lite features at Lexus-lite pricing.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 Lexus ES charts a sportier, sharper course than before, and it succeeds.
The 2020 Acura RLX’s familiar shape hides a forward-thinking powertrain.
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
The 2020 Toyota Avalon works best as a stylish, comfortable cruiser, and not as a wannabe sports sedan.
The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon is a spacious, stylish choice, though its price is high.
The 2020 Volvo S90 is a mid-size luxury sedan that's an antidote for buyers wary of the German same-ness.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Style Name     
ES 350 FWDSedan w/Technology PkgSedan 25t Premium RWDXLE (Natl)SE FWDT5 FWD R-Design
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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