2011 Lexus
ES 350
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
E350

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

9.9

starting from

$50,275
"Controls are well placed and intuitive to operate."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's stereo
"The buttons for the heated/cooled seats and Airscarf neck warmers are logically located."
edmunds.com | talking about the E-Class's seating

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz E350

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Entertainment system
Standard
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Worse drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Paddle shifters
Standard
2011 Lexus ES 350

9.6

Runner-up

Lexus ES 350

starting from

$37,600

Reasons to buy the Lexus ES 350

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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Leather
Standard
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
131 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the E350; no amount of money can buy it on the ES 350
Performance 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The E350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the ES 350
  • The E350's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Winner: E350
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  • The E350 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the ES 350
  • Almost the same, 506 miles vs 500 miles
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus ES 350 Winner: ES 350
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the ES 350
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Lexus ES 350 Winner: ES 350
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  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $12,675 cheaper (around 30% less), $37,600 vs $50,275
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have outstanding airbag coverage
  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.9 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 8 vs 8 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the E350; no amount of money can buy it on the ES 350

Performance

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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The E350 has more gears and the ES 350 is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The E350's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The E350 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the ES 350
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.3 lb/hp vs 13.4 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.9 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 506 miles vs 500 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 15.9 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.4 ft3 vs 52.3 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Not Available The E350 offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the ES 350
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the ES 350

Cost

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MSRP $50,275 vs $37,600 The ES 350 has a great price and the E350 is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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E350
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 7 vs 7 Both have outstanding airbag coverage
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system mbrace vs SafetyConnect

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the ES 350
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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E350
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The ES 350's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the E350 is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 131 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 15.2 s @ 94 mph vs 14.9 s @ 98 mph The ES 350's 1/4 mile time is average, but the E350's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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