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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway / 24 MPG combined
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Highway / 28 MPG combined
Base: starting at $38,100 MSRP
Base: starting at $31,695 MSRP
Deluxe (TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT SH-AWD): starting at $41,575