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2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 Lexus ES 250 Review

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2021 Acura
TLX

MSRP*: $37,500 to $53,100
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2021 Lexus
ES 250

MSRP*: $40,000 to $49,000
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Invoice* $36,554 to $50,299 $37,468 to $45,749
MPG - City 19 - 22 MPG 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 31 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.5 ft3 16.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 272 - 355 hp 203 hp
Exterior Length 194.6 in 195.9 in
Exterior Width 75.2 in 73.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 34.9 in
Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.2 in
Head Room Front 37.2 in
Rear 36.3 in
Front 37.5 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Lexus ES 250 than the Acura TLX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Acura TLX and the Lexus ES 250 in the front seats.

Convenience
The Lexus ES 250 requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Acura TLX, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
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 Acura TLX will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus ES 250. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura TLX and the Lexus ES 250 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Acura TLX is much wider than the Lexus ES 250, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Acura TLX takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus ES 250.

Handling
The Acura TLX has a larger turning radius than the Lexus ES 250, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Acura TLX has a much more powerful engine than the Lexus ES 250. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Acura TLX does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Lexus ES 250.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura TLX and the Lexus ES 250. The Acura TLX has significantly less cargo room than the Lexus ES 250, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Acura TLX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus ES 250.