COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS ES HYBRID VS. 2016 TOYOTA AVALON HYBRID

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Today, luxury family-size sedans are synonymous with “no compromise.” Great styling, excellent fuel economy, spaciousness, a comfortable ride, an attractive interior and amazing technology are all within reach – at a reasonable price.

And if that’s what you’re looking for in a car, the 2016 Lexus ES Hybrid and 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid are stellar options worthy of your consideration. Plus, they’re environmentally friendly.
But how do they compare? Here’s our review of the two quality hybrid vehicles.

Safety

Lexus ES Hybrid
Although the 2016 ES Hybrid doesn’t have a registered rating with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the car a glowing Five Star Overall rating.

Its standard safety features are also robust, with Enform Safety Connect, a 10-airbag system, vehicle stability control, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, Traction Control (TRAC), vehicle proximity notification system, Child Restraint Seat (CRS), Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats, LED headlamps and taillamps, brake system, Smart Stop technology, rigid body structure with crumple zones and Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System. Lexus also offers many optional features for the safety-conscious.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
The Avalon earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ award with Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with best-possible ratings on all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave the Avalon an overall rating of a five out of a possible five.
In terms of safety features, it comes with Star Safety System™, ToyotaCare, 10 airbags, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats, front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, side-impact door beams, Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer.

Features

Lexus ES Hybrid
Lexus has packed the ES Hybrid to the rafters with powerful tech. It comes standard with Enform Service Connect, Enform Remote, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, subscription-free traffic and weather, steering-wheel-mounted controls, Siri® Eyes Free, electroluminescent instrumentation, EV driving mode, Drive Mode Select, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging, SmartAccess key fob, Bluetooth® technology and HomeLink® system.

Looking for more tech? No problem – there are plenty of upgrades to choose from.
The interior also features 10-way power front seats, illuminated entry system, NuLuxe interior trim and dual-zone climate control with smog sensor.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
The Avalon Hybrid comes loaded with technology: Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation app and Multimedia Bundle, 7-inch high-resolution touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, 8 speakers, auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control.

Plus, drivers can enjoy advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth®, Scout® GPS Link App, Siri® Eyes Free, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month All Access trial, HD Radio™, HD traffic and weather in major metro areas, and integrated backup camera display.

On the inside, you will also find dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel.

Fuel Economy

Lexus ES Hybrid
40 MPG city / 39 MPG highway / 40 MPG combined

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
40 MPG city / 39 MPG highway / 40 MPG combined

Pricing

Lexus ES Hybrid
Base: Starting at $41,020
Deluxe: N/A

Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Base: Starting at $36,650 MSRP
Deluxe – Hybrid Limited: Starting at $41,950 MSRP

REVIEW: 2016 LEXUS NX

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With an envy-inducing balance of style, technology, and turbocharged power, the amazingly well-rounded 2016 Lexus NX sets a new standard for the luxury compact SUV category.

After debuting last year, the NX lineup forges forward in 2016 confidently maintaining the stunning-looking, fun-driving and impressively roomy reputation that made it one of the most popular crossovers on the market.

Safety Features

Engineered to meet the highest safety standards, the new Lexus NX delivers in spades by landing an IIHS 2016 Top Safety Pick+ and perfect scores in NHTSA’s side crash tests.

Each NX model comes standard with eight airbags and a rear-view camera as well as a range of optional active and driver assistance safety features to ensure peace of mind for every situation. These include dynamic cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic and lane-departure alerts as well as an intuitive pre-collision system with autonomous braking.

Styling

Combining exquisite craftsmanship with exceptional comfort, the inside of the NX is as awe-inspiring at the outside. Perforated leather trim and a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel are just a few of the available amenities that help to add a personalized touch. Modern style meets refined luxury.

The interior cabin design maximizes comfort for everyone. Passengers enjoy the ample legroom offered by the stadium-like rear seats while available heated and ventilated front seats provide for a more individualized level of temperature control.

Technology

At the heart of the NX is the Lexus Enform suite of apps and connected services. Available through your vehicle’s center-console display, the tech-centric design will enhance your overall experience behind the wheel. 24-hour navigation assistance, app-integration and instant connection to emergency services are just a few of the features offered free for the first year of ownership.

And if that’s not enough to satisfy your tech cravings, the seven-inch high-resolution multimedia display, Remote Touchpad and Enhanced Bluetooth technology should help do the trick.

Price

Lexus offers three versions of the NX available as either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive: the NX 200t, with a turbocharged 255- horsepower four-cylinder engine; the NX 300h, a fuel-minded 194 horsepower hybrid; and the NX Turbo F Sport.

NX 200t
Starting at $34,965

NX 300h
Starting at $39,720

NX 200t F SPORT
Starting at $37,065