2020 Acura TLX vs. 2019 Lexus ES Series

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Safety

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The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The ES Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ES Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the TLX’s optional 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 TLX 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, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Acura TLX is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

TLX

ES Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are over 12 percent more Acura dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the TLX’s warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Acura TLX 4-cyl. is faster than the ES 300h:

TLX

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.1 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The ES Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The TLX has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The TLX has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series’ standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The TLX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ES Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the ES Series.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The ES Series doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the TLX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

TLX

ES Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

The TLX stops much shorter than the ES Series:

TLX

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TLX has larger standard tires than the ES Series (225/55R17 vs. 215/55R17). The TLX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (245/40R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The ES Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The TLX handles at .84 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The TLX V6 SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (26.7 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The TLX is 5.2 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the TLX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The TLX has .2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

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A Maintenance Minder is standard on the TLX to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, spark plug replacement, air filter replacement, tire rotation, radiator flush, brake pad replacement and transmission fluid replacement based on actual driving conditions. 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

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The TLX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The ES Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the ES Series.

The TLX’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The TLX has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the ES Series. The TLX Advance 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.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because typical repairs cost much less on the TLX than the ES Series, including $94 less for a water pump, $38 less for front brake pads, $123 less for front struts and $1105 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Lexus ES Series isn't recommended.

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