2016 Lexus ES 350 vs. 2016 Subaru WRX STI Review

Comparison Review

Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus ES 350 than the Subaru WRX STI. The Subaru WRX STI will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus ES 350.

With the Lexus ES 350 you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX STI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus ES 350 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru WRX STI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Lexus ES 350 is much higher than that for the Subaru WRX STI.

The Lexus ES 350 is a little wider than the Subaru WRX STI, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Lexus ES 350, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Subaru WRX STI.

With its lower torque, the Lexus ES 350 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru WRX STI.

The Lexus ES 350 has a larger turning radius than the Subaru WRX STI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

The Lexus ES 350 has less horsepower than the Subaru WRX STI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus ES 350 and the Subaru WRX STI. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Lexus ES 350 will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru WRX STI.

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus ES 350 than that of the Subaru WRX STI.

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2016 Lexus
ES 350

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MSRP*: $38,000

2016 Subaru

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MSRP*: $34,695 - $39,995
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Low APR Loan: -- As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 4.20%
City MPG: 21 17
Highway MPG: 31 --
Engine(s): V-6 Horizontal
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $35,595 $32,820 - $37,750

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