Lexus ES vs. Toyota Avalon

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, Automotive Editor - October 25, 2018

It's no secret that Lexus is Toyota's luxury subsidiary. While both brands share a lot of the same components, most notably chassis and powertrains, one, Lexus, is firmly a luxury-only brand, while the other, Toyota, is mainstream. When it comes to full-size sedans, Toyota has the Avalon, while Lexus sells the ES.

Both the Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon are all-new for the 2019 model year, and, understandably, both have a lot of the same parts. Both sedans utilize the same 3.5-liter V6, ride on the same chassis, and have similar designs. There are a few differences, though, that could have you leaning to one option over the other.

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What the Avalon Gets Right

The most obvious difference between the Avalon and the ES is the price contrast between the two vehicles. Pricing for the 2019 Avalon starts at $36,420 (prices include destination), while the 2019 ES 350 is $4,205 more with a starting price tag of $40,625. That's a large difference that could see you make the move up to the Avalon XSE trim, which costs $38,920, and still have a large amount of money leftover.

Since the Avalon shares the same chassis as the ES, both sedans have the same lengthy bodies that make them flagship sedans. With the Avalon, though, you're getting slightly more interior room than the ES. The Avalon has more front head room, shoulder room, and hip room than the ES. Toyota's sedan also has more rear hip room, rear shoulder room, and rear leg room than the ES. Overall interior volume is up in the Avalon, too, as the sedan offers passengers with 104.3 cubic feet of interior space compared to the ES' 99.9 cubic feet.

What the ES Gets Right

As a Lexus, the ES comes with more luxury features. A power moonroof, a 10-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot system with 4GB of data, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated NuLuxe interior trim, bi-LED headlights, and LED taillights are standard on the ES. The ES also has a more upscale list of available features over the Avalon.

The ES is backed by a more extensive warranty than the Avalon. Basic warranty for the ES is 12 months and 14,000 miles longer than the one Toyota offers for the Avalon. When it comes to the sedans' powertrain warranty, Lexus backs the ES with a 72-month/72,000-mile warranty, which is 12 months and 10,000 miles longer than the Avalon's. While both cars come with an unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty, the ES' lasts 72 months, while the Avalon's is for 60 months.

Is Luxury Worth the Extra Money?

Before the 2019 model year, there was a large difference between the ES and the Avalon. Lexus' option was the clear winner, boasting nicer touches, more luxury features, and more high-tech goodies. But the new models are more competitive than ever, and the Avalon is more of a realistic option over the ES than before. If you really want ultra-high-end features and a true luxury badge, only the ES will do.

Our Verdict: Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is a better value proposition than ever, because it shares a lot of the same components with the Lexus ES, while costing less. It has a good mix of high-tech and luxury features and comes off as a high-end sedan, which really makes it difficult to justify the ES' higher price tag.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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