Comparison: 2016 Lexus ES vs. 2016 Acura TLX

2016 Lexus ES vs 2016 Acura TLX

When comparing the all-new Lexus ES to the 2016 Acura TLX, you’ll notice some differences and some similarities. Both luxury sedans offer comfort and performance at a great value, but one of these stands head-and-shoulders above the competition in technology and style.

Read on to see our side-by-side comparison of the 2016 models of Lexus ES and Acura TLX:

Safety

Lexus ES
Whether you’re riding solo or cruising with the family in tow, safety is of utmost importance. That’s what Lexus had in mind when it crafted the all-new ES, which has earned the title of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2016 ES earned best possible scores in all crash tests by the IIHS, including small and moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. It also regarded the sedan’s front crash prevention system as Superior.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall rating.

Standard, yet technologically advanced, safety features on the all-new ES include lane departure alert with steering assist, Lexus Enform safety connect, 10-standard airbag system, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, vehicle stability control, vehicle proximity notification system and traction control.

Also, standard on the ES are child restraint seat tether anchor brackets, LED headlamps, whiplash injury lessening front seats, LED taillamps, brake system, Smart Stop technology, rigid body structure with crumple zones and direct tire pressure monitor system.

Drivers can additionally opt for premium safety options, which include intuitive parking assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and windshield-wiper de-icer.

Acura TLX
The 2016 TLX received Good scores from the IIHS for moderate overlap front, side crash, roof strength, and head restraints and seating. It scored slightly sub-par on tests for small overlap frontal crash, but the organization did name its front crash prevention system Superior.

The NHTSA similarly gave the Acura sedan a 5-Star Overall rating, noting that it had perfect scores in all crash tests.

Standard safety features on the TLX include tire pressure monitoring system with tire fill assist, seat belts and airbags, child safety and reinforced body structure design.

For an upcharge, buyers can also receive lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, blind spot information system, forward collision warning system, parking sensors, collision mitigation braking system and road departure mitigation system.

Features

Lexus ES
Once you’re inside the all-new ES, you may never want to leave. It comes standard with 10-way power front seats, illuminated entry system, NuLuxe interior trim and dual-zone climate control with smog sensor.

Buyers also have the option to get a panorama glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, driver’s-seat power cushion extender, perforated leather-trimmed interior, ambient lighting and power rear sunshade.

For your entertainment, the ES comes with a premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, subscription-free traffic and weather, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. Premium entertainment options include the 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system, fuel guide, sports and stocks, and navigation system with voice-activation.

Drivers with a need for connectivity will be happy to find standard Lexus Enform Service Connect, steering-wheel mounted controls, Siri Eyes Free, electroluminescent instrumentation, EV driving mode, drive mode select, Bluetooth technology, and HomeLink system.

Acura TLX
Inside the all-new TLX, drivers will find standard front seats, rear seats, cargo area, cabin storage, standard audio system and USB/iPod integration.
Buyers may also opt for premium options, such as GPS-linked climate control, electronic gear selector, voice recognition, ELS studio premium audio system, music voice commands, navigation functionality and controls, AcuraLink real-time traffic, AcuraLink The Next Generation and a destination database.

Tech enthusiasts will like the TLX’s on demand multi-use display, Siri integration, electronic gear selector, cameras and radar, and remote start system.

Fuel Economy

Lexus ES
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway / 24 MPG combined

Acura TLX
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway / 28 MPG combined

Pricing

Lexus ES
Base: starting at $38,100 MSRP

Acura TLX
Base: starting at $31,695 MSRP
Deluxe (TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD): starting at $41,575

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Review: 2016 Lexus GS

2016 Lexus GS

In the world of luxury sedans, you have old-school classics, new-wave trendsetters, and then you have those vehicles that tow the line for a perfect combination of timeless good looks and modern performance and features.

Of course, we’re referring to the all-new Lexus GS. Here’s everything you need to know about this new classic:

Safety Features

It’s not all just speed and appearance with all-new GS – it’s loaded with safety features, too. The Lexus sedan comes standard with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, 10-Standard-Airbag System, Backup Camera with Dynamic Gridlines and Smart Stop technology. Additionally, drivers benefit from blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) with sport mode, LED taillamps, whiplash prevention front seatbacks, rigid body structure with crumple zones, LED headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and tire pressure monitoring system.

Premium safety options include a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, Lexus Dynamic Handling system including Dynamic Rear Steering, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, high-performance F Sport Brakes, Intuitive Parking Assist and rain-sensing wipers.

Entertainment

Never miss a beat in your all-new GS with standard Bluetooth® technology, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Siri® Eyes Free, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging and subscription-free traffic and weather.

For those with high standards for audio, there’s also the Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System. Additionally, drivers can opt for the Lexus Enform App Suite, Fuel Guide, Sports, and Stocks.

New Styling

The 2016 GS is something to behold, with HID headlights hugged by boomerang-shaped LED running lights and a sleek bumper that seamlessly melds into the body of the car. Inside, you’ll enjoy ambient lighting, Lexus memory system, Lexus Personalized Settings and USB-equipped center console.

Looking for more? Drivers may also opt for Semi-Aniline perforated leather-trimmed interior, 18-way power front seats, F SPORT interior styling, wood- and leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and leather-trimmed shift knob, front-seat climate concierge, three-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats and power rear sunshade.

New Technology

If it’s tech you want, tech you’ve got.The GS comes with standard Lexus Enform Remote, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Drive Mode Select, color Multi-Information Display, Remote Touch, steering-wheel mounted controls, SmartAccess key fob, HomeLink® system and illuminated entry system.

Drivers looking for a little extra can also get a navigation system with 12.3-inch Display, Lexus Enform Destinations, LFA-inspired digital instrumentation, EV mode, Sport S+ mode, color Heads-Up Display, voice command and rear-seat climate and audio controls.

Pricing

Base: starting at $45,615 MSRP
GS 450h F Sport: starting at $68,125 MSRP

Review: Lexus Hybrid Drive

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You may not have heard of it, but if you’ve ever been behind the wheel of a Lexus hybrid vehicle, you’ve surely experienced the benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive.

Now in its fifth year, the advanced split-series parallel system is more refined than ever, with a powerful, compact design that makes it suitable for most models.

So, how does it work? Read on:

Lexus Hybrid Drive in Action

The system has an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, which allocates an efficient combination of electric motor torque and gasoline engine horsepower, no matter what driving conditions you’re under.

The gas engine charges the system’s hybrid battery pack by spinning a generator, thereby supplying energy to the electric motor when needed. With two electric motors, the engine conserves fuel and energy by shutting down when the vehicle is moving slowly, decelerating or stopped. This all happens automatically, so no special driving instructions are needed.

The two electric motors serve unique functions. The first is actually driven by the gas-powered engine and acts as a generator by which the hybrid battery pack is recharged. Additionally, it sends electricity to the second electric motor, which is a starter to the engine and power for the wheels.

What Does That Mean for Your Drive?

This unique hybrid technology allows for one of the quieter rides you can expect when starting and driving at slow speeds. Additionally, when in these low-speed modes, the vehicle doesn’t produce exhaust emissions or burn fuel – a potential lifesaver if you’re ever caught without gas.

After accelerating, the gas engine takes over smoothly, with the electric motor providing extra power when extra speed or power is needed. As you brake, the full hybrid system primarily uses the motor to decelerate, converting that kinetic energy into power which charges the hybrid battery.

All of this means that hybrid technology no longer comes at the cost of performance. Test drive a luxury vehicle featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive and feel the difference for yourself.

Available Hybrid Models:
CT Hybrid
Starting at $31,250 MSRP**

NX Hybrid
Starting at $39,720 MSRP**

ES Hybrid
Starting at $41,020 MSRP**

RX Hybrid
Starting at $52,235 MSRP**

GS Hybrid
Starting at $63,080 MSRP**

LS Hybrid
Starting at $120,440 MSRP**