I have driven an Acura TL for the last five years.
Let me unequivocally say that the TL is a superior vehicle except in one area.
The lexus has a plush and very comfortable ride.
The panel on the Lexus is completely dull.
The low roof line really compromises us guys over 6 feet tall.
The lexus lacks many features that are standard on the TL, like satellite radio.
Upgrades on the lexus like land navigation are very expensive to add.
This is not a sports sedan, lots of body roll in the curves.
Decent power and excellent fuel efficiency for a v 6.
the paint job on this model really sucks!
Two paint chips the day after I drove it off the lot and there are more!
Standard fog lights
Nice sizes trunk
Excellent gas mileage
Better quality paint
Engine too loud
Low roof line
Better sound system
Better up to date dash
Too much body roll in curves
Based on the opinion of a friend, purchased a 2008 ES-350 w/ 56k miles from Lexus dealer. Immediately experienced transmission shift flares, abrupt downshifts. Software update didn't fix it, transmission was replaced. Other issues not yet addressed: soft engine knock (piston slap?), timing chain rattles briefly when engine not started for several days, plenty of interior rattles, and of course paint chipping. While baffled that a car costing over $40k new would exhibit these technical issues at av'g miles, I must say the dealer service (Sewell in Dallas) has been exemplary so far.
Smooth ride, good fuel economy, lack of wind noise.
General build quality, interior appointments quality, durability of exterior finish, powertrain integrity, etc., etc.
Build and deliver a car that is substantially more than a Camry with better insulation.
Not happy here, ES 350 and paint chips all over the hood, this car is primarily driven by 56 yr old stroke victim who drives 3 miles to Krogers few times a week, it is 08 and has 27K miles on it.
Tires are shot, rattle inside that has been there for a long time. Leather seats are not holding up, gas mileage is good for the amount of power it has.
This will be the last Lexus/Toyota product...
I go back to 1976 Celica, 80 Cressida, 90 Celica, 2005 Sequoia 2006 Scion XB and they would be sorely mistaken thinking I would ever purchase again from them.
Gas mileage vs power
go back to the way it used to be, stop using plastic internal parts.
I bought the car new and have had an engine noise from the beginning that sounds like a valve lifter. Lexus started out claiming no noise, then no abnormal noise, than piston slap and finally less than premium gas in the tank. I have all gas receipts and they're all premium. The NCDS (National Center for Dispute Settlement) funded by Toyota wasn't interested in the evidence disproving the Lexus claim. The noise had gotten worse and Lexus refuses to address the issue. The value of this car will be greatly diminished at trade in time.
Good looks, good power, great gas mileage.
Toyota needs to address this engine issue. Various dealers have told their customers that the noise was from fuel injectors, timing chains, and mine said piston slap and less than premium octane. This appears to be another Toyota cover-up.
People say, "never day never." Well, I truly believe that I will never drive another car other than a Lexus. I owned an 2002 Audi A6 2.7T from new to 70k, I had to take it to the dealer every month... Now, I have the 2008 Lexus ES 350 and this car is simply amazingly reliable and fun ride! The back of the car needs a more contemporary look, but, overall it gets a 10!
Reliable. Beautiful Interior. Fun.
I plan to purchase the next ES (2012 or 2013) when the design is revamped. I recommend Lexus to all my friends and family!