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

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Safety

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The E-Class Sedan’s 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 rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The ES Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The E-Class Sedan’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The ES Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

Both the E-Class Sedan and the ES Series 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 lane departure 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 Mercedes E-Class Sedan is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

E-Class Sedan

ES Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

402/578 lbs.

524/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

180

319

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

105 lbs.

159 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

232/126 lbs.

473/518 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the E-Class Sedan has a standard 850-amp battery. The ES Series’ 603-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The E 350 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (255 vs. 215) than the ES 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The E 350 Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 267) than the ES 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 60 more horsepower (362 vs. 302) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 267) than the ES 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the E 350 Sedan RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the ES 350 (23 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the E-Class Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the ES Series Hybrid.

The E-Class Sedan 300’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series’ standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the ES Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the E-Class Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

E-Class Sedan

E 450 4MATIC Sedan

ES Series

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

14.2 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

14.2 inches

11.1 inches

The E-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the ES Series are solid, not vented.

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

E-Class Sedan

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the E-Class Sedan has larger standard tires than the ES Series (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The E-Class Sedan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The E-Class Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ES Series’ standard 55 series tires. The E-Class Sedan’s optional 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the ES Series’ optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the E-Class Sedan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ES Series.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The ES Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ES Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The E-Class Sedan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The E-Class Sedan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The ES Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The E-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ES Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the E-Class Sedan’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the ES Series (115.7 inches vs. 113 inches).

The E-Class Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.2% to 45.8%) than the ES Series’ (59% to 41%). This gives the E-Class Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.3 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Sedan has 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the E-Class Sedan’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The ES Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the E-Class Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the ES Series. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the ES Series, the E-Class Sedan has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The E-Class Sedan’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the ES Series.

The E-Class Sedan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The ES Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The ES Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The E-Class Sedan’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The ES Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Lexus ES Series isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the E-Class Sedan is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because typical repairs cost much less on the E-Class Sedan than the ES Series, including $2 less for front brake pads, $147 less for front struts, $370 less for a timing belt/chain and $201 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The ES Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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