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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Quick Specs
7.3
The 2021 Lexus ES grabs some of the LS’ spotlight with its sleek shape and its sky-high hybrid economy.
7.0
The 2021 Toyota Avalon lives its best life as a luxury-car companion.
6.3
The 2020 Acura RLX’s familiar shape hides a forward-thinking powertrain.
6.2
Especially in wagon form, the 2020 Jaguar XF is an appealing luxury car for those of us not totally sold on SUVs.
MSRP From     
$39,900$35,875$36,995$51,550$54,900$51,100
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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     
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Style Name     
ES 350 FWDXLE AWD (Natl)SE FWDT6 AWD MomentumSedan w/Technology PkgSedan 25t Premium RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
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Transmission     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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