On one hood, we have the steadfast and reliable Honda emblem. Adhered to the other, the luxurious “L” logo. Based on the numbers (aka. model specs), the new Accord Touring and Lexus ES 350 match each other, punch-for-punch, with comparable trunk space (16.7 cubic feet) and room for hips, heads, shoulders, and legs. But don’t let the data fool you—the Accord has more going for it than meets the eye.
With the decked-out Touring 2.0 Accord, your cabin will reach the pinnacle of lavishness. Standard in all 2018 Accord Touring models are the following features, which are either optional or “N/A” in the base ES 350:
- Heated & Ventilated Front/Rear Seats
- Navigation with Voice Recognition
- Upgraded 8.0-inch Touchscreen
- Advanced Head-Up Display
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Wireless Phone Charging
- Power Moonroof
With regards to safety, the new Accord Touring also beats the base flagship ES 350. You’ll receive standard safety systems such as:
- Blind Spot Information System
- Cross Traffic Monitor
- Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
- Rear Parking Aids
- Heated Side Mirrors
While the 2019 Lexus ES may have the brand recognition, it lacks the flair to compete with the fully equipped Touring 2.0T.
What’s Goin’ On Under The Hood?
Although the Lexus ES 350 is positioned as the more powerful sedan—it has a standard 302-hp 3.5L V6—the Accord Touring is no joke. Its giddy 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0 engine pairs superbly with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which utilizes the engine’s robust 273 lb-ft of torque to hit 60 mph in a tick under 5.7 seconds.
A luxury car like the ES 350 should do better, right? With just 267 lb-ft of torque supplied by its power plant, the 2019 Lexus ES 350 — which is equipped with just an 8-speed — crosses that 60-mph threshold in a sluggish 6.6 seconds. (We’ll let you decide which car would win in a quarter-mile drag down the Miami strip.)
A Lower MSRP Makes The Decision Easier
Fully equipped, the newest Honda Accord Touring 2.0T comes with a much more pleasant price tag compared to the base Lexus ES 350. You’ll cut nearly $4k, or 12% of the overall cost, by opting for the range-topping Accord, and as much as 25% versus a comparably equipped ES 350.
Of course, let’s not forget the inherent savings you’ll receive when choosing Honda over a “premier” luxury brand like Lexus. We’re talking about lower auto insurance premiums. We’re talking about reduced Florida BMV fees when registering plates. We’re talking about paying less for regular maintenance and replacement car parts. We’re talking about a higher resell value when all’s said and done. In the grand scheme of things, picking the Accord Touring is far and away the better option if budget is a concern—and isn’t it always?
Don’t Overthink It: Pick The Accord Touring
The prestige of owning a luxury sedan has all but evaporated now that cars like the Accord exist. Priced well below the Lexus ES 350 and equipped with more of, well, everything, the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T is certainly a worthwhile investment, both to your pocketbook and your self-image.
Don’t just take our word for it. Come test drive the sleek and sophisticated “pseudo-luxury” Accord Touring at your nearest South Florida Honda dealership. You’ll find out pretty quickly what all the fuss is about. Reach out to your Honda dealer to schedule a one-on-one sesh with what may be the best car in the country.
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