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Toyota Avalon vs. Lexus ES350

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Avalon

$455
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Lexus ES350

$462
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Avalon Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 2nd out of 12 for fullsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $455 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Avalon.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Lexus ES350 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 31 for luxury midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $462 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the ES350.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$455
inexpensive
expensive
$462
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.48
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
5%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(15)
4
(44)
3
(6)
2
(4)
1
(0)
The Toyota Avalon ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in suspension.
“My 2001 Toyota Avalon (purchased new) is fantastic. I have 340,000km (212k miles) and just purchased new Toyo tires Versado Noir and now rides brand new - maybe even better if you can believe it. ...”
“My 2001 Toyota Avalon (purchased new) is fantastic. I have 340,000km (212k miles) and just purch...”
5
(3)
4
(2)
3
(5)
2
(1)
1
(0)
The Lexus ES350 ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I absolutely love my Lexus ES350! I had driven nothing but the S-Series Mercedes Benz for 15 years, and never wanted anything other than a Mercedes again. When the last one needed over $7000 in re...”
“I absolutely love my Lexus ES350! I had driven nothing but the S-Series Mercedes Benz for 15 year...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Avalon and the Lexus ES 350 are full-size, front-wheel-drive sedans that share a lot of similarities.

The Avalon is Toyota’s largest sedan, while the ES 350 has the larger GS and LS sedans above it in the Lexus lineup — which is Toyota’s luxury division. They both share a platform, so there are many mechanical commonalities between the two cars. Both come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 horsepower. Both of them also offer hybrid versions.

As the Lexus is more of a luxury vehicle, it comes with some perks that the Avalon doesn’t have. These upgrades include higher quality materials inside, more sound deadening and insulation material for a quieter ride, more comfortable seats, a better audio system, a better ownership experience and a longer warranty.

Of course, all these comforts come at a cost — the ES 350’s base price is more than $5,000 higher than the Avalon’s. If you’re considering both cars, it’s a choice between value and luxury.

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