Toyota Crown vs Lexus ES: Which Luxury Sedan is Right for You?

Toyota Crown vs Lexus ES Comparison

The Toyota Crown is a car unlike any others on the market. But there’s a family rivalry brewing. For the best luxury bang for your buck, we’re looking at the Toyota Crown vs Lexus ES.

The Toyota Crown is a wholly different proposition than the Avalon that came before. A sort of crossover between a sedan and an actual crossover, this vertically stretched sedan sits as the flagship of Toyota’s car lineup. Available only as a hybrid (including a new, more powerful setup in the top Platinum trim), it certainly can’t be accused of blending in.

For similar money, you can get a luxurious four-door in a more conventional shape. Lexus has been cranking out the ES for 30 years now, and the latest one continues what it does best: smooth, nonplussed transport in a spacious, comfortable cabin. There are similarities—not least of which is the shared chassis both cars ride on—but the ES differs from the young upstart in a few key ways.

Which one better suits your needs? We take a deep dive into both cars’ specs to figure that one out.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $42,490 - $49,985
Engine / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder + hybrid / 3.5-liter 6-cylinder
Power / 203 hp / 215 hp / 302 hp
Torque / 184 lb-ft / N/A / 267 lb-ft
Drivetrain / FWD / AWD
Transmission / 8AT / eCVT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 22–43 mpg / 31–44 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 13.9 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Lexus ES

Performance 7.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 9.0
Quality and Styling 8.0
Value 7.0