Honda Accord vs Lexus ES350
We take a look at Toyota’s luxury car brand, the Lexus, and its entry-level sedan, the ES 350, and compare it to its rival company, Honda, and its Accord LX, to see if either of these cars is well. Or practical enough to own the recent economic hangover.
We start with the popular Honda Accord LX, which has a 2.4L inline 4 engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for city and highway driving, and has plenty of horsepower (177), which can be reached at 6,500 rpm. The company’s suggested retail price for this model starts at $21,765.
The Lexus ES 350, which really belongs in the automotive luxury section, starts at $34,800, and for this price there’s a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, which gets 22 mpg both city and highway. A 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is connected to the engine, and it has the ability to kick up a screaming 272 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, and deliver it to the front wheels.
Both cars now offer 4-wheel ABS on ventilated disc brakes as a standard safety feature. In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX comes in at 3,230 lbs., compared to the Lexus, which weighs in at 3,605 lbs. The Accord’s weight is supported by 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/60 all-season tires, while the Lexus ES350 has 215/55 spec tires. On 17-inch wheels.
Keep in mind, though, that the Lexus ES is available in only one trim, which, of course, is the 350. This luxury sedan has the following amenities you won’t find as standard equipment on a base Accord LX: a sunroof, keyless start, power front seats, a telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an in-dash CD changer, and gorgeous wood trim. Built-in, it has stability control and a variety of airbags at no additional cost.
As for the Honda Accord, things get a little fancier, more competitive, and more expensive as you go up the different trim levels. The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.
On the other hand, the Lexus has everything and more you’d expect from the Accord’s top-tier trim, again at no extra cost. However, if you are not the executive type of person, the Settlement will suit you perfectly.