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2019 Audi S3 vs. 2019 Lexus ES 350 Review

New 2019 Audi S3

2019 Audi
S3

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New 2019 Lexus ES 350

2019 Lexus
ES 350

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MSRP*
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$44,500
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$39,750 to $44,285
Invoice* $41,832 $37,235 to $41,407
MPG - City 22 22
MPG - Hwy 29 31 - 33
Engine(s) Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
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 350 than the Audi S3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus ES 350 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi S3.

Convenience
With the Lexus ES 350 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Audi S3, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). The Audi S3 is somewhat more expensive than the Lexus ES 350. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi S3 and the Lexus ES 350 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Audi S3 is much slimmer than the Lexus ES 350, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi S3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus ES 350.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Audi S3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Lexus ES 350.

Handling
The Audi S3 has a smaller turning radius than the Lexus ES 350, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Audi S3 has less horsepower than the Lexus ES 350, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi S3 and the Lexus ES 350. The Audi S3 has significantly less cargo room than the Lexus ES 350, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The Audi S3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus ES 350.