COMPARISON: 2017 Acura TLX vs Lexus ES 350

December 19th, 2016 by

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Shopping for a luxury sedan isn’t always a measure of which car will impress the best, because sometimes you just want a reliable, high-quality car without the purely stylistic bells and whistles. Drivers in Middletown who know what’s really valuable in a luxury car may be torn between the 2016 Acura TLX and the 2016 Lexus ES 350, two sports sedans that have comparable stats in some areas, but

Drivers n Middletown who know what’s really valuable in a luxury car may be torn between the 2016 Acura TLX and the 2016 Lexus ES 350, two sports sedans that have comparable stats in some areas, but contrast in others. Here’s our side-by-side comparison:

Safety

ACURA TLX

The 2016 Acura TLX earned a ‡perfect report card from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating and five stars in tests including frontal impact, side crash, and rollover. The TLX comes standard with a rearview camera, electronic cruise control, and automatic headlights. The Advance Package of features includes collision-mitigation braking with heads-up warning, adaptive cruise control, and road-departure mitigation.

LEXUS ES 350

The 2016 Lexus ES 350 also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, but didn’t fare as well as the TLX in crash tests. It scored just four stars in evaluations for frontal crash and rollover. It comes standard with a rearview camera, a 10-airbag system, and Lexus’ Automatic Collision Notification to provide assistance in the event of an accident.

Features

ACURA TLX

The 2016 TLX has standard LED headlights on all models, keyless entry and start, heated power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power moonroof, leather steering wheel, glossy wood accents, 7-speaker audio system, Bluetooth technology, and one-touch power windows. You can also upgrade to include leather-trimmed interior, navigation, a 10-speaker system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

LEXUS ES 350

The 2016 ES 350 has a standard push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, HomeLink garage door opener, Lexus Display Audio with 7-inch screen, and Bluetooth technology. Optional features include leather seating, navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, and Mark Levinson audio system.

Specs

ACURA TLX

Inside, the TLX has nearly 43 inches of leg room up front and over 55 inches in hip room, making it more spacious up front than the ES 350. Outside, its track is nearly 63 inches, while the total width comes to 73 inches and tires are 17 by 7.5 inches.

LEXUS ES 350

With the ES 350, you have 41.9 inches of legroom in the front seats and 54.8 inches of hip room. Its track width is 62 inches, total width is 62.6 inches, and tires are 17 by 7 inches.

Specs

ACURA TLX

Inside, the TLX has nearly 43 inches of leg room up front and over 55 inches in hip room, making it more spacious up front than the ES 350. Outside, its track is nearly 63 inches, while the total width comes to 73 inches and tires are 17 by 7.5 inches.

LEXUS ES 350

With the ES 350, you have 41.9 inches of legroom in the front seats and 54.8 inches of hip room. Its track width is 62 inches, total width is 62.6 inches, and tires are 17 by 7 inches.

Fuel Economy

ACURA TLX

*24 MPG city / 35 MPG highway

LEXUS ES 350

21 MPG city / 31 MPG highway

Pricing

ACURA TLX

Starting at** $31,695 MSRP

LEXUS ES 350

Starting at $38,100 MSRP

*2016 EPA mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a $940 destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Models tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).