2020 Lexus ES Series vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

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Safety

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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 E-Class Sedan 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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

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

ES Series

E-Class Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

120

177

Neck Injury Risk

24%

32%

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

266 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

55 lbs.

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

Warranty

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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

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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 41 points higher than the E-Class Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

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

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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

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

MPG

ES Series

FWD

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

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

AMG 53 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

21 city/28 hwy

450 3.0 turbo V6

20 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

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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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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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

Tires and Wheels

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The ES Series has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the E-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the E-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

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

Passenger Space

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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

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

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the ES Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the ES Series will cost $1535 less than the E-Class Sedan over a five-year period.

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 E-Class Sedan only retains 35.76% to 38.39%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus ES Series will be $19888 to $37032 less than for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

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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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