Acura TLX Vs. Lexus ES 350

By Justin Cupler | May 14th, 2019

Luxury sedans today must tick many boxes, including style, performance, and tech. The 2020 Acura TLX and 2019 Lexus ES 350 offer our Rochester area car shoppers all that and more. Which of these luxury sedans is best for you? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Acura TLX went through a big redesign in 2015 and has seen a handful of updates to keep things fresh. One of these updates was a new diamond pentagon grille in the place of the old Acura beak. The 2020 TLX’s smaller footprint makes for a sportier look, and the A-Spec model enhances this look with sharp wheels, exclusive bumpers, and updated side sills.

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a legit luxury sedan with far less sportiness than the TLX. Add to that its longer footprint and coupe-like rear glass, and this is one premium-looking sedan. Moving up the trim levels brings in big wheels and more to dress it up further. Want a little sportiness? The F Sport trim adds that with an exclusive grille, wheels, and more, but it never reaches the sportiness of the 2020 TLX.

The Acura TLX is significantly smaller than the ES 350 in all but height, making it easier to zip in and out of traffic in it.

 

Measurement 2020 Acura TLX 2019 Lexus ES 350 Difference
Length 191.5 to 191.7 inches 195.9 inches -4.4 inches
Width 73 inches 73.4 inches -0.4 inches
Height 57 inches 56.9 inches +0.1 inches
Wheelbase 109.3 inches 113 inches -3.7 inches
Ground Clearance 5.8 to 5.9 inches
Curb weight 3,505 to 3,838 pounds 3,649 pounds -144 to +189 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura TLX

  • Sporty-looking A-Spec package
  • Smaller and easier to handle

Advantage: 2019 Lexus ES 350

  • Long and luxurious body

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Acura TLX boasts a nice combination of sportiness and luxury with its thick three-spoke steering wheel, satin-chrome accents, vertical center air vents, and two LCD screens. Want to up the sportiness? The A-Spec model brings in unique seats with grippy inserts, contrast piping and stitching, and much more.

The 2019 Lexus ES takes on a more luxurious look with its wide display screen atop the dash, more horizontal lines on the dash, large center console, and chunky center section of the steering wheel. Now, that’s not to say the ES lacks any sportiness, as its F Sport model brings in bolstered seats and a red-and-black theme that sports it up.

In roominess, the 2020 Acura TLX has more room in its front seats, but the ES boasts an extra 4.7 inches of rear legroom and 2.4 cubic feet of trunk space.

 

Measurement 2020 Acura TLX 2019 Lexus ES 350 Difference
Front headroom 37.2 inches 37.5 to 37.6 inches -0.4 to -0.3
Front legroom 42.6 inches 42.4 inches +0.2
Front shoulder room 57.5 inches 55.9 inches +1.6
Front hip room 55.3 inches 55 inches +0.3
Rear headroom 36.7 inches 37.8 inches -1.1
Rear legroom 34.5 inches 39.2 inches -4.7
Rear shoulder room 55.4 inches 54.3 inches +1.1
Rear hip room 54.9 inches 54.3 inches +0.6
Cargo room 14.3 cubic feet 16.7 cubic feet -2.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura TLX

  • Roomier front seats
  • Sporty A-Spec cabin
  • More advanced tech

Advantage: 2019 Lexus ES 350

  • Tons of rear seat room
  • Big trunk

Performance

Luxury sedans do a superb job of combining comfort and performance, and the 2020 Acura TLX and 2019 Lexus ES 350 are no exceptions.

 

The 2020 Acura TLX comes standard with a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a respectable 7.2-second 0-to-60 time. Move into the optional 3.5-liter V-6, and the TLX will treat you to 290 horsepower and a 5.7-second 0-to-60 time.

The 2019 Lexus ES boasts a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 302 horsepower that delivers a 5.9- to 6.1-second 0-to-60 time. While that crushes the base TLX, it falls just short of the TLX with the V-6 engine.

2020 Acura TLX 2019 Lexus ES 350 Difference
Standard Engine 2.4-liter 4-cyl 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 206 hp at 6,800 rpm 302 hp at 6,600 rpm -96 hp
Torque 182 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm 267 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm -85 lb-ft
Transmission 8-spd dual-clutch auto 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 7.2 sec 5.9 to 6.1 seconds +1.1 to +1.3 seconds
MPG City 23 mpg 22 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Highway 32 to 33 mpg 31 to 33 mpg +0 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 27 mpg 25 to 26 mpg +0 to +2 mpg
Optional Engine 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 290 hp at 6,200 rpm
-12 hp
Torque 267 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
Transmission 9-spd automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 5.7 seconds
-0.4 to -0.2 mpg
MPG City 20 mpg**
-2 mpg
MPG Highway 29 to 31 mpg**
-4 to +0 mpg
MPG Combined 23 to 24 mpg**
-3 to -1 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Acura TLX

  • Better base fuel economy
  • Advanced dual-clutch transmission
  • Quicker to 60 mph with V-6 engine

Advantage: 2019 Lexus ES 350

  • More power
  • Better fuel economy with V-6 engine

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Acura TLX doesn’t have trim levels, per se, but it has a base model with three packages that act as trim levels. These packages are W/ Technology Package, W/ A-Spec Package, and W/ Advance Package. Their starting prices range from $33,000 to $45,950.

 

The 2019 Lexus ES 350, like the TLX, has a $39,600 base trim with packages that act as trim levels. These packages, which include the Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport, range from $42,255 to $44,135.

2020 Acura TLX  Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Standard: $33,000*

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Amplitude reactive dampers
  • Economy, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes
  • Electric power steering
  • Rear-wheel steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • Automatic brake hold
  • 17-inch pewter gray 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights with auto on/off
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power, heated, reverse-gear tilt-down mirror
  • Chrome window molding
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Leatherette interior
  • Sport seats
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way passenger’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless access with smart entry
  • Keyless ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Active sound control
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Seven-speaker Acura Premium Audio System
  • SiriusXM
  • Pandora radio
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SMS text messaging
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Compass
  • Multi-view rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Road-departure mitigation

 

W/ Technology Package: $36,700*

  • All standard features, plus
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Perforated Milano leather upholstery
  • GPS-linked climate control
  • Four-door smart entry
  • Voice recognition
  • Frameless rearview mirror
  • 10-speaker ELS Studio  Premium Audio System
  • Song By Voice
  • HD Radio
  • Navigation with 3D view
  • Traffic Rerouting
  • Color multi-information display
  • AcuraLink Connected Services
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring

 

W/ A-Spec: $39,600*

  • All W/Technology Package features, plus
  • 19-inch Shark Gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Round LED fog lights
  • Gloss-black rear spoiler
  • Dark-chrome grille and lighting details
  • Black window molding
  • Round dual-exhaust outlets
  • A-Spec-styled front and rear bumpers
  • A-Spec side-sill garnishes
  • Contrast stitching and piping
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Red accent lighting
  • Red-on-black gauges
  • Metallic footrest pad
  • Black headliner
  • A-Spec garnish on steering wheel
  • Head-up display
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Advance Package: $45,950*

  • All W/ Technology features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Variable cylinder management
  • Idle stop
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Windshield de-icer
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • 19-inch pewter gray split-five-spoke wheels
  • Rectangular LED fog lights
  • Auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Puddle lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Electronic gear selector
  • White ambient lighting
  • Remote engine start
  • 360-degree camera

2019 Lexus ES 350 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $39,600

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED projector-beam headlights
  • L-shaped LED daytime running lights
  • Dark gray vertical grille with a satin surround
  • Power moonroof
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Perforated leatherette interior
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Smart access with keyless ignition
  • 10-way power front seats
  • 7-inch LCD instrument panel display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Analog clock
  • One front and two rear USB ports
  • 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • CD player
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Lexus Multimedia infotainment system
  • 8-inch color display
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • Amazon Alexa capable
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Voice command
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Google Voice Control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Lane-departure alert with steering assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Parking sensors

 

Luxury: $42,255

  • All Base features, plus
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Reverse-tilt side mirrors
  • Two-position memory for steering wheel, driver’s seat, and mirrors
  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Wood trim on the door panel, console, and instrument panel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Acoustic side glass

 

Ultra Luxury: $43,250

  • All Luxury features, plus
  • Performance dampers
  • Semi-aniline leather seating
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Manual rear door sunshades
  • Hands-free power trunk

 

F Sport: $44,135

  • All Premium features, plus
  • 19-inch split-spoke wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • F Sport grille with dark surround
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Reverse-tilt side mirrors
  • Two-position memory for steering wheel, driver’s seat, and mirrors
  • F Sport front seats
  • F Sport pedals
  • F Sport gauges
  • F Sport analog clock
  • F Sport shift lever and knob
  • Active noise control
  • 8-inch instrument panel display
  • Hadori aluminum interior trim

Who Should Buy the 2020 Acura TLX?

The 2020 Acura TLX is great for buyers who can settle for a smaller rear seat in favor of extra performance and more sportiness at a lower price.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Lexus ES 350?

The 2019 Lexus ES 350’s large rear seat and trunk make it great for families with older children who need the extra rear legroom and trunk space. It is also a better option for buyers who prefer a more luxurious rig.

 

Ready to take on the streets of Rochester in a luxury sedan with the bells, whistles, and performance you need? Head down to Acura of Rochester serving the Pittsford and Fairport areas to test drive the 2020 Acura TLX and see what it can offer you. Can’t make it to our Rochester Acura showroom today? Swing by our online inventory page to see what in-stock 2020 TLX models we have and set up a test drive at your convenience.

 

* Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $995 for sedans and $995 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

 

** Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

Destination charge for ILX, TLX and RLX is $995.00, NSX is $1800.00 and MDX and RDX is $995.00. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.