2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

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Safety

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The Camry Hybrid 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.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, 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 Toyota Camry Hybrid is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

Camry Hybrid

ES Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

24%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

30 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

432/527 lbs.

524/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

33%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

159 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

62 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 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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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry Hybrid for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the ES Series (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

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 Camry Hybrid’s warranty.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid:

Camry Hybrid

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry Hybrid CVT gets better fuel mileage than the ES 300h CVT with its standard engine (51 city/53 hwy vs. 43 city/44 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Camry Hybrid stops much shorter than the ES Series:

Camry Hybrid

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry Hybrid 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 Camry Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.3% to 42.7%) than the ES Series’ (59% to 41%). This gives the Camry Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

The Camry Hybrid LE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the ES 300h (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry Hybrid LE’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet). The Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the ES Series w/18-19” wheels’ (38 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Camry Hybrid LE/XLE is 3.8 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the Camry Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Camry Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ES Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Camry Hybrid has .8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camry Hybrid’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.

Ergonomics

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The Camry Hybrid’s 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry Hybrid will cost $650 to $4840 less than the ES Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry Hybrid will be $12089 to $12604 less than for the Lexus ES Series.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Camry Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry Hybrid first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The ES Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Lexus ES Series by almost seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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