2019 Lexus ES Series vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ES Series and the E-Class Sedan 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the ES Series 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the E-Class Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the E-Class Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the ES Series’ reliability 41 points higher than the E-Class Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the ES 350 is faster than the E 300 Sedan:

 

ES Series

E-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ES Series gets better fuel mileage than the E-Class Sedan:

 

 

 

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

E-Class Sedan

 

RWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

450 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/28 hwy

 

 

AMG 53 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. Hybrid

21 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lexus ES Series uses regular unleaded gasoline. The E-Class Sedan requires premium, 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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The ES Series stops shorter than the E-Class Sedan:

 

ES Series

E-Class

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Chassis

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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The ES Series has .1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The ES Series has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (16.7 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 6th.

Ergonomics

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus ES Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mercedes E-Class Sedan isn't recommended.

The Lexus ES Series outsold the Mercedes E-Class by 7% during 2018.

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