2019 Lexus ES Series vs. 2019 Genesis G80

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ES Series offers an optional Panoramic View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the ES Series and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Genesis is ranked 12th.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the ES 350 is faster than the G80 3.8:

 

ES Series

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ES Series gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

 

MPG

ES Series

 

FWD

300h 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

43 city/45 hwy

 

 

350 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

F Sport 350 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the ES Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G80 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the ES Series Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The G80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus ES Series uses regular unleaded gasoline. The G80 3.3T Sport requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The ES 300h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The G80 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Chassis

The Lexus ES Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 1000 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

The ES Series F Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The ES Series has a much larger trunk than the G80 (16.7 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Consumer Reports rated the ES Series’ headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the G80’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The ES Series’ headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the G80’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to .”

Optional air conditioned seats in the ES Series keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Lexus ES Series and the Genesis G80, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lexus ES Series outsold the Genesis G80 by over six to one during 2018.

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