Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Acura TLX

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Drivers in the greater Los Angeles area shopping for a new luxury sedan ask us how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to competitors like the 2018 Acura TLX. While Acura has made strides over the last decade, it still struggles to meet Lexus’ standards.

Below, we’ll give you all the details on how these two luxury sedans compare. Read on, then visit us in El Monte to test drive a Lexus.

Safety Ratings and Features

Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning perfect scores in crashworthiness, front crash prevention, and child seat anchor ease of use. Plus, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

All trims of the 2018 Lexus ES come standard equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Also standard are rain-sensing wipers, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics system. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX was not named a top pick by the IIHS because it lost points for driver-side small front overlap impact and received a Marginal rating for child seat anchor ease of use. Additionally, the IIHS did not evaluate this model for passenger-side small front overlap impact. The NHTSA gave the 2018 TLX a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The TLX includes a standard multi-view rear camera, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. Upper trims add a Surround View Camera, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Comfort and Entertainment

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 comes standard with a power moonroof, SmartAccess, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, and perforated NuLuxe seating. All models also have Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker premium sound, Bluetooth wireless tech, HD Radio, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Enform apps.

Individual options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and power open/close trunk. Ask your Longo Lexus rep about the features bundled in the Navigation, Mark Levinson Audio, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury packages.

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX features standard sport seats with leatherette trim, 10-way driver’s seat, 4-way passenger’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Keyless Access System, and a power moonroof. Basic entertainment features include 7-speaker audio, Aha compatibility, Sirius XM Radio, USB audio interface, and Bluetooth.

Only upper trims include an integrated navigation system, traffic rerouting, and the AcuraLink telematics system. Optional tech is similar to that found on the Lexus, but you won’t find deluxe interior accents like a wood and leather steering wheel.

 

To get the full Lexus experience, visit us in EL Monte to test drive the ES 350.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,950 MSRP

Acura TLX

Starting at $33,000 MSRP

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

A luxury midsize sedan leaves no bases uncovered, with ample cabin space, intuitive technology, and luxe seating for the whole family. The only question becomes, which model to choose?

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to know how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to the 2018 BMW 530i, visit us in El Monte to get the full experience. Below, we’ll highlight the differences between California’s top-selling midsize luxury sedans, beyond the substantial price gap:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES earned top scores from both major safety organizations, including a Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Plus, Lexus equipped the new ES with standard driver assistance technology that the competition typically includes as options.

All models of the 2018 ES come with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. It also includes standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and the option for Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

BMW 530i

The BMW 5 Series was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but has not been rated by the NHTSA. Additionally, it does not come standard with any driver assistance technology. The 530i does come standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, BMW Assist eCall, and the Active Protection System with Fatigue and Focus Alert.

Available safety features include automatic high beams, Parking Assistant Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 ES comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS navigation, voice command, a backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth tech, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

The Navigation Package gives you Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with color display and Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package includes all these features, plus a 15-speaker deluxe audio system with Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology. The ES is also available with interior ambient lighting, a panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated seats.

BMW 530i

The 2018 530i comes equipped with HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and a HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers. Additionally, it features Bluetooth wireless tech, BMW TeleService, Advanced Real Time Traffic, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a two-way power glass moonroof, interior ambient lighting, and automatic climate control. It does not feature standard dual-zone climate control.

When you opt for the Premium Tier, you add heated front seats, Park Distance Control, Gesture Control, Sirius XM Radio, a power trunk, and Comfort Access entry. The Executive Tier gives you full LED headlights (standard on the ES), automatic high beams, soft-close doors, Surround View, and more. While the 530i does come with the option for Apple CarPlay, it does not offer an advanced navigation system.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,940 MSRP

BMW 530i

Starting at $52,400 MSRP