2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Lexus ES Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The ES Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The ES Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Avalon’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ES Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Avalon and the ES Series 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the ES Series.

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Brakes and Stopping

The Avalon stops much shorter than the ES Series:

 

Avalon

ES Series

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon Touring handles at .82 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ES Series (104.3 vs. 99.9).

The Avalon has 1 inch more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Avalon to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Lexus doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the ES Series.

Ergonomics

The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the ES Series. The Avalon Limited/Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the ES Series.

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