Compact Premium Car: Lexus ES
In the Compact Premium Car segment, the Lexus ES took top honors with the Acura TL coming in second. Tied for third place was the Acura ILX and the BMW 4 Series. In the U.S., two versions of the Lexus ES are available: ES 350 and ES 300h. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 hp while the ES 300h hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 200 hp. According to the EPA, the ES 300h returns 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway while the ES 350 nets 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The Lexus ES has received a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.