We discussed the differences between the 2018 Accord Touring and Lexus ES 350 last year, but with a new Accord in town, we wanted to update our Honda vs. Lexus content to compare 2019’s specs. Here ye be!
Last year’s Honda vs. Lexus battle between the Accord Touring and the ES 350 was a doozy. Although both sedans were comparable on paper, it was the Honda Accord Touring that emerged victorious. It was the quicker brawler, the one with more tricks up its sleeve. Plus, it was cheaper to buy, own, and maintain. So, what’s changed now that the 2019 Accord Touring 2.0T and rival ES 350 have been released?
For 2019, the Accord Touring has been refreshed and the ES 350 redesigned. Still, it’s interesting to see how similar they are to each other. Fuel economy is the same (26 mpg combined). Cargo volume is the same (16.7 cubes). Front headroom is the same (37.5 inches). Is there any difference at all?
There sure is. In fact, there’s a long list of key differences between the 2019 Accord Touring and Lexus ES 350 that make Honda’s sedan a wiser investment. The following features are standard on the Honda Accord Touring yet unavailable or optional on the base ES 350:
- Hill Start Assist
- Front & Rear Electronic Parking Aids
- Rearview Camera with Ultrasonic Sensors
- Fog Lights
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- GPS Navigation with Voice Controls and Real-time Traffic Alerts
- Overhead Storage Console
- Memory Seats (with settings for automatic headlights, side mirrors, and power lumbar)
- Heated Front Leather Seats
- Heated Side Mirrors
- Android Auto Compatibility
- Fold-Down Rear Seat
- 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
- Head-Up Display (HUD)
- Wireless Phone Charger
The 2019 Accord Touring 2.0T is also more spacious than the Lexus ES 350, offering 102.7 cubic feet of passenger volume versus the ES’s 99.9 cubes. That means more room for heads, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes).
The Battle of Torque
Yes, the 2019 ES 350 may beat the Accord Touring 2.0T in pure horsepower output – Lexus’s sedan trots on 302 ponies while the Accord makes good use of its 252-hp engine – but Honda’s sedan will have the last laugh at the finish line. Cranking up 273 lb.-ft. of torque, the Accord Touring crosses the 60-mph barrier in approximately 5.7 seconds. The Lexus ES 350’s V6 can only muster up 267 lb.-ft. of torque, resulting in a lackluster 6.6-second zero-to-sixty time.
Equipped to the teeth with all the bells and whistles, the new 2019 Accord Touring 2.0T is a far better value than the rival Lexus ES 350. In opting for the top-level Accord Touring over the base ES 350, you’ll save approximately $3,700, or more than 10% of its total cost. To keep your wallet singing your praises, you’ll be glad to know that the range-topping Accord is also 25% cheaper than a comparably equipped ES 350.
Purchasing an Accord Touring is also more affordable when you consider additional non-dealership costs. You can expect to pay 30% less for car insurance and even more when the time comes for replacement parts or repairs. And when you’re ready to sell your car, the Accord Touring will net you more cash thanks to its high resale value. Simply put, when budgets must remain intact, the Accord Touring is the best alternative to the Lexus ES.
The Honda Accord Touring Wins (Again)
There are few things in this world better than a decked-out ’19 Accord Touring 2.0T, and the base Lexus ES 350 is not one of them. With more standard features, an arguably better powertrain, and a lower MSRP, Honda’s 2019 Accord Touring just makes too much sense to pass up. So, don’t pass it up; check out the redesigned Accord at your South Florida Honda dealership today, and you’ll start redefining what a “luxury car” is.
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