Comparison: 2018 Acura TLX vs 2018 Lexus ES 350

November 14th, 2017 by


When comparing the 2018 Acura TLX to the 2018 Lexus ES 350, you’ll notice some remarkable similarities as well as some differences. See our one-to-one comparison below to find out which luxury vehicle is the better value:

Safety Ratings and Tech

Acura TLX

Safety is a huge priority for drivers in Middletown, New York, so our staff stays up to date on third-party ratings of Acura models as well as the competition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 TLX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating after it earned best-possible marks across the board*.

The TLX comes standard with a multi-view rear camera with dynamic gridlines, a Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation. It’s also available with a Surround View Camera, Head-Up Warning, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Rain-Sensing Wipers.

Lexus ES 350

While the 2018 ES 350 also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, it scored just four stars in categories for frontal crash and rollover.

The 2018 ES is standard with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX has two engine options. The base is a 2.4-liter inline-4 with an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy on this model is 23 MPG city and 33 MPG highway**.

You can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. This model is available with all-wheel drive and gets an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway**.

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The ES is front-wheel drive only and has a fuel economy of 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

While the ES 350 gives you a bit more power than the base TLX, you’ll find the Acura’s driving impression to be much more dynamic and sporty thanks to the updated transmission – not to mention, it’ll save you at the pump. Middletown drivers are invited to visit us and get behind the wheel of the 2018 TLX.


Acura TLX

Starting at $33,000***

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,900 MSRP


*2018 EPA mileage based on 2018 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 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. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit


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