2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

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Safety

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The Camry 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 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 is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

Camry

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 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’s warranty.

Engine

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

Camry

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Camry

ES Series

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto XSE

22 city/32 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

The Camry L’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Camry TRD

ES Series

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the ES Series:

Camry

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry 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 XSE handles at .82 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (37.4 feet vs. 38 feet). The Camry SE/TRD/XLE/XSE’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 Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Lexus ES Series.

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

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .4 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 LE/SE/XLE/XSE’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’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 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $1435 less than the ES Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the ES Series, including $128 less for a muffler, $135 less for front struts, $10 less for a timing belt/chain and $316 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $7358 to $13846 less than for the Lexus ES Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Camry and the Lexus ES Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry 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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