For the Price, is the Lexus ES350 the Best Deal for Chicago Drivers?
The base price of the Lexus ES 350 comes in at $36,370, and you get a pretty good luxury sedan for that money. That said, any Chicago driver who’s looking to hit the road in opulence and style should survey the automotive landscape. The 2014 Acura TL, for instance, is a competing luxury sedan. The price? $36,030, or a difference of $340. As it turns out, even though it costs less, you’ll actually get more from the Acura.
Both of these cars come with a variety of excellent features, but the 2014 TL has the edge over the 2013 ES 350. Some of the features that come standard with the Acura and are either optional or entirely unavailable on the Lexus include:
- Two-memory adjustments for the automatic headlights, exterior mirrors, and seat.
- Speed-sensing interval wipers
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Heated front seats
- HID headlights
- Front armrest storage
- Cargo area tiedown
Sure, features play a big role in your enjoying your time on the road, but so does space. With the Acura, you’ll get more front headroom, legroom, and shoulder room.
Acura Tops on Performance Too
Of course, raw performance has always been an area in which the TL has excelled, and the 2013 edition is no exception. It gets a 3.5L V6 under the hood that can produce 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. The ES 350 also gets a 3.5L V6 engine, but it ultimately just can’t keep up, producing 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Emphasizing its performance pedigree, the Acura sport sedan comes with standard paddle shifters, giving you maximum control when you want it.
So sure, some Chicago drivers might be drawn to the Lexus ES 350 based on price — but you get much more for less money with the 2014 Acura TL. If you’d like to take it out for a test drive — or any other luxury vehicle from Acura — visit a Chicagoland Acura dealer. It’s not often you can find the combination of luxury and performance offered throughout the Acura lineup, and you’ll soon see that few other vehicles can even hang in the same class.