2021 Lexus ES vs. Its Competition

2021 Lexus ES
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

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

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

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.

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.

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The 2021 Lexus ES grabs some of the LS’ spotlight with its sleek shape and its sky-high hybrid economy.
The 2021 Toyota Avalon lives its best life as a luxury-car companion.
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a compelling sedan with good features, but it's overshadowed by premium sedans that are even better.
The 2021 Volvo S90 and V90 argue for luxury-car status with rational performance and style.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name     
ES 350 FWDXLE AWD (Natl)SE FWDT6 AWD MomentumSedan w/Technology PkgSedan 25t Premium RWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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