Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Genesis G80 VS 2017 Lexus ES Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Genesis G80

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2017 Lexus ES

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lexus ES Series has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The G80 3.8 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ES Series doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the G80 and the ES Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The Genesis G80 weighs 630 to 970 pounds more than the Lexus ES Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

 

G80

ES Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

153

Neck Injury Risk

21%

39%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

388 lbs.

Neck Compression

22 lbs.

45 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

268/514 lbs.

446/567 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

180

304

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Stress

129 lbs.

132 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

147 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

147/55 lbs.

520/514 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Lexus ES Series:

 

G80

ES Series

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

128

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

394 lbs.

669 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

857 lbs.

879 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The G80 comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24 hour roadside assistance. The ES Series’ 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G80 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lexus covers the ES Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the ES Series ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The G80’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the ES Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G80 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the ES Series.

There are over 48 percent more Genesis dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the G80’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the G80 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the G80’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The ES Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The G80 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 111 more horsepower (311 vs. 200) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (293 vs. 199) than the ES 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The G80 3.8’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (311 vs. 268) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (293 vs. 248) than the ES 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The G80 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 152 more horsepower (420 vs. 268) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 248) than the ES 350’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the G80 3.8 is faster than the ES 300h:

 

G80

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

90.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The G80 has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series (20.3 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the G80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

 

G80 3.8

G80 5.0

ES Series

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

11 inches

The G80 stops much shorter than the ES Series:

 

G80

ES Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the G80 has larger standard tires than the ES Series (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The G80 5.0’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The G80 3.8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ES Series’ standard 55 series tires. The G80 5.0’s 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the ES Series’ optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G80 3.8 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ES Series. The G80 5.0’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the ES Series.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the ES Series (118.5 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the ES Series.

The G80 5.0 handles at .86 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the ES 350 (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (36.2 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the G80 is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the ES Series is rated a Mid-size.

The G80 has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ES Series (107.7 vs. 100.1).

The G80 has 3.6 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G80’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The ES Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The G80 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The ES Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the G80 and the ES Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the G80 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The ES Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The G80’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The ES Series’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The G80 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the ES Series. The G80 AWD also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the ES Series.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the G80 is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because typical repairs cost much less on the G80 than the ES Series, including $81 less for a water pump, $38 less for a starter, $212 less for fuel injection, $3 less for a fuel pump, $524 less for front struts, $107 less for a timing belt/chain and $2295 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Genesis G80 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

G80

ES Series

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The ES Series has never been chosen.

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