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.


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.


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


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