2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 Lexus ES 350 Comparison

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 Lexus ES 350
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2018 Lexus ES 350
  273 ft-lbs. 248 ft-lbs.
Fuel Range (city/hwy)
  383 / 522 miles 361 / 516 miles
  9-speed automatic 6-speed automatic

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs 2018 Lexus ES 350

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes from a rich pedigree of luxurious sedans. This German car offers four turbocharged engine blocks and a handful of segment-best mechanical functions. The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is a full-size sedan that’s situated on the lower-end spectrum of the luxury market. From performance to digital technology, the E-Class beats its Japanese rival in several categories.


Producing 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet, a 2.0 L turbo engine has default status in the Mercedes-Benz E 300 models. The E 400 trims are powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine that makes 329 hp and 354 lb-ft. Optimized for the AMG® E 43 model, a V6 engine spikes the output to 396 hp and 384 lb-ft. The powertrain lineup of the 2018 E-Class culminates with the 4.0 L AMG® V8 engine that whips out 603 hp and 627 lb-ft. It takes this handcrafted engine 3.3 seconds to accelerate the AMG® E 63 S model from 0 to 60 MPH. Producing only 268 hp, the Lexus ES 350’s V6 engine can’t challenge any of the biturbo engines that are installed in the E-Class. It takes 7.1 seconds for this Lexus sedan to go from 0 to 60 MPH. Even when equipped with the entry-level engine, the Mercedes-Benz car registers 6.2 seconds for a 0-60 MPH run.


When designing the automatic transmission system for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, engineers referred to the well-established blueprints of the 9G-TRONIC platform. Having paddle-shifting capabilities, this auto transmission comes with nine gears. An AMG®-enhanced gearbox is installed in the high-level trims. Additionally, the AMG® E 63 S model gets an extra boost from the SPEEDSHIFT® MCT function. Each transmission is mated to the 4MATIC® AWD, which creates better traction than the 2018 Lexus ES 350’s standard front-wheel drive. A multi-link suspension system comes with the Selective Damping function to keep this Mercedes-Benz sedan balanced on rough surfaces. The AMG® Sport Suspension with the AIR BODY CONTROL is a class-exclusive technology that mitigates the slightest vibrations. When the E-Class approaches a curved path, the ESP® Dynamic Cornering Assist is ready to make subtle adjustments to the brakes, steering, and transmission. The Dynamic Select also has multiple modes that help this luxury sedan overcome severe driving conditions.


The instrument cluster in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is dominated by a 12.3-inch digital display. Also measuring 12.3 inches, the center touch screen is connected to the COMAND® platform. A hard drive is included in the signature navigation system, which comes with three-year subscriptions to free map updates. Paired with the Enform suite, the 2018 Lexus ES 350’s 8.0-inch touch screen is noticeably smaller than the high-resolution display in the E-Class. This Mercedes-Benz also boasts a handful of premium entertainment amenities, including the Burmester Surround Sound System with HD Radio. NFC pairing, inductive wireless charging, and WiFi by thembrace® Connect Services are some other class-leading features in the cockpit.

Which 2018 E-Class model will you buy? Stop at our dealership to get some ideas. This luxurious sedan has better capabilities and amenities than the 2018 Lexus ES 350.