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2020 Acura RLX vs. 2021 Lexus ES 250 Review

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2020 Acura
RLX

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2021 Lexus
ES 250

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MSRP*
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$54,900
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$40,000 to $49,000
Invoice* $50,947 $37,468 to $45,749
MPG - City 20 25
MPG - Hwy 29 N/A
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4
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 feel a little more squished in the Acura RLX than in the Lexus ES 250, due to the Acura RLX's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Acura RLX and the Lexus ES 250 in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura RLX as you will with the Lexus ES 250, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Acura RLX is somewhat more expensive than the Lexus ES 250. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura RLX and the Lexus ES 250 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Acura RLX is a little wider than the Lexus ES 250, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Acura RLX takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Lexus ES 250.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Acura RLX does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Lexus ES 250.

Handling
The Acura RLX has a larger turning radius than the Lexus ES 250, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Acura RLX has a much more powerful engine than the Lexus ES 250. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura RLX and the Lexus ES 250. The Acura RLX has less cargo capacity than the Lexus ES 250, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Acura RLX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus ES 250.