2020 Lexus ES Series vs. 2019 Genesis G70

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus ES Series have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Genesis G70 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The ES Series has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The G70 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The ES Series offers optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The G70 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the ES Series and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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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 20 points higher than the G70.

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

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As tested in Consumer Reports the ES 350 is faster than the G70 2.0T (automatics tested):

ES Series

G70

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the ES Series gets better fuel mileage than the G70:

MPG

ES Series

FWD

Auto

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

F Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

G70

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

18 city/28 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/26 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.3 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the ES Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G70 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 G70 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus ES Series higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Genesis G70 (3). This means the ES Series produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 G70 doesn’t offer a CVT.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the ES Series F Sport has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The G70 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

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The ES Series stops shorter than the G70:

ES Series

G70

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the ES Series’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G70 (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ES Series’ wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the G70 (113 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

Chassis

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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 G70 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the ES Series a Mid-size car, while the G70 is rated a Compact.

The ES Series has 6.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (99.9 vs. 93.8).

The ES Series has .9 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more rear legroom than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The ES Series has a much larger trunk than the G70 (16.7 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the ES Series offers cargo security. The G70’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the ES Series offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The G70 doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the ES Series the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Lexus service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the ES Series to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The G70 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Economic Advantages

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The ES Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the ES Series will retain 48.23% to 49.19% of its original price after five years, while the G70 only retains 41.05% to 41.79%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus ES Series, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Genesis G70 isn't recommended.

The Lexus ES Series outsold the Genesis G70 by almost 119 to one during 2018.

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