2019 Lexus ES Series vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ES Series and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The ES Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

Continental

 

FWD

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

2.7 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

3.0 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus ES Series uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus ES Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

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 Continental doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the ES Series’ turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The ES Series w/18-19” wheels’ turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Lexus ES Series may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 850 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The ES Series is 5.5 inches shorter than the Continental, making the ES Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

When the ES Series with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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

The Lexus ES Series outsold the Lincoln Continental by almost six to one during 2018.

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