Both vehicles offer hybrid variants.
The Toyota Avalon and the Lexus ES are both all-new for 2019. The Avalon has traditionally been a nicer, larger, slightly more expensive alternative to the Toyota Camry. The ES used to be built on the same platform as the Camry, but it moved over to the Avalon platform with the introduction of the sixth-generation model for 2013. As both the Avalon and the ES are now comfortable, front-wheel-drive sedans built on the same platform and sharing the same powertrains, it isn’t out of the question for potential buyers to cross-shop them. Here, we’ll take a look at the ES and the Avalon side by side to help you identify the main differences between the two.
The ES and the Avalon share their powertrains. Non-hybrid versions come with a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 301 horsepower in the Avalon and 302 hp in the ES. Both vehicles make 267 lb-ft of torque, and earn either 25 or 26 miles per gallon in combined driving, depending on trim level.
The Avalon and ES come with an 8-speed automatic in non-hybrid guise, while their hybrid variants come with a continuously variable transmission.
Predictably, the Avalon and the ES have nearly identical exterior and interior dimensions. On the outside, the Avalon measures 195.9 inches long, 72.8 inches wide and 56.5 inches tall, while the ES comes in at 195.9 inches long, 73.4 inches wide and 56.9 inches tall. Both vehicles have an 113.0-in wheelbase.
On the inside, the Avalon has 37.4 inches of front seat headroom and 42.1 inches of front seat legroom. Move to the back seat and the Avalon offers 37.5 inches of headroom and 40.3 inches of legroom. The ES offers very similar dimensions, with 37.5 inches of headroom and 42.9 inches of legroom up front, and 37.8 inches of headroom and 39.2 inches of legroom in the rear.
The Avalon offers 16.1 cu ft. of cargo space while the ES has 16.7 cu ft.
The Avalon can be had with a bird’s eye view camera system, wireless charging, LED headlights, a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, an adaptive suspension, a wireless charging pad and a JBL audio system, among other things. See the 2019 Toyota Avalon models for sale near you
The ES is available with everything on the Avalon, plus a few additional items. Available on the ES is a power rear sunshade, a foot-activated power trunk, a power-extendable driver’s seat cushion and a panoramic sunroof. Like in other Lexus products, the ES’s premium audio system is Mark Levinson branded. See the 2019 Lexus ES models for sale near you
The ES also offers an exciting F-Sport trim with a stiffer adaptive suspension with Sport mode, red sport seats, unique styling elements and 19-in wheels. Worth noting that, in a similar vein, the Avalon gains a sporty TRD model for 2020.
Every Avalon comes with a 9-in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capability, but Android Auto is still unavailable.
The ES makes use of a 10.2-in screen controlled by a unique touchpad system, similar to the trackpad on a laptop. Like the Avalon, the ES comes with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but forgoes Android Auto.
Both the 2019 Lexus ES 350 and the Toyota Avalon score exceptionally well in crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), both earning Top Safety Pick+ designations — the highest accolade offered by the IIHS. Additionally, both offer a great array of standard driver-assistance safety features, although the Lexus features a slightly more sophisticated system. Nonetheless, standard on either vehicle is a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, radar cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking.
Both the Avalon and the ES should be exceptionally reliable vehicles, although Lexus offers a better warranty than Toyota. The ES comes with 4 years/50,000 miles of basic coverage and 6 years/70,000 miles of powertrain coverage to the Avalon’s 3 years/36,000 miles of basic and 5 years/60,000 miles of powertrain coverage.
Altogether, either of these vehicles will give you a nicer experience than what you’d find in a traditional midsize family sedan like the Camry. Both offer ample cargo area and a variety of comfort-oriented features, making them great for someone that wants more room from a new vehicle that isn’t an SUV. As both vehicles are offered with the same powertrains, it would be difficult for the average person to differentiate the performance characteristics of one versus the other. Still, the Lexus ES offers additional luxury features and overall greater refinement than the Avalon, as it should, given that it carries around a $5,000 price premium. For your five grand, you’re getting nicer interior materials, a statelier design, a better warranty and additional features like a rear sunshade and adjustable thigh support for the driver’s seat. Either way, if you’re still resisting the SUV onslaught and want to stick with a comfortable, reliable midsize sedan, both the 2019 Toyota Avalon and the Lexus ES are worth a look. Find a Lexus ES for sale or Find a Toyota Avalon for sale