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Features Comparison: Acura TL vs. Lexus ES

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model TL TL ES ES
Trim Base SH-AWD 350 300h
Engines (show)  
3.5L V6
OHC-4v
280 hp@6200
254 lb-ft@5000
     
3.7L V6
OHC-4v
305 hp@6300
273 lb-ft@5000
     
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
268 hp@6200
248 lb-ft@4700
     
2.5L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
156 hp@5700
156 lb-ft@4500
     
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic  
6-speed manual      
CVT      
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD  
AWD      
Tires (show)  
245/50VR17 tires    
245/45VR18 tires    
245/40VR19 tires      
215/55VR17 tires    
225/45VR18 tires      
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 276W, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)    
ELS, 440W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Unbranded, 8 speakers    
Mark Levinson, 835W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)    
Accessories (show)  
Adaptive cruise controlAutomatically maintains set distance behind preceding vehicle as well as set speed. Minimum speed around 30 mph. Replaces regular cruise control, and includes its value.    
Cruise control    
First-aid kit    
Heated steering wheel    
Power decklidDecklid can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.    
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.    
Remote window/roof operationOperate the power windows, sunroof, and/or convertible roof using buttons on the keyfob.
Sunshade, rear, powerGreatly reduces the amount of sunlight entering the rear window. Includes the value of manual rear shade.    
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual    
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power    
Tool kit    
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Automatic braking, high-speedIf collision detection system senses imminent collision, applies moderate braking.    
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Daytime running lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Driver attention monitorMonitors the direction of the driver's face and sounds warning, briefly applies brakes if an object is detected ahead while the driver is facing away from the road.    
Forward collision alertAlerts driver when approaching the preceding car too quickly.    
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.
Knee airbag, driver    
Knee airbag, passenger    
Lane departure prevention systemBrakes or steering lightly applied to help prevent the vehicle from inadvertently traveling out of its intended lane.    
Lane departure warning systemAlerts driver when the vehicle seems to be wandering out of the lane.    
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.    
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.    
Radar- or camera-based collision preparation systemPrepares brakes (and sometimes also seatbelts) for use when radar detects an imminent collision. Might also move seats and close windows. Early Lexus system used laser.    
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.    
Rear side airbagsTorso-level second row airbags, usually contained in the rear door. Some also protect the head, but not as well as side curtain airbags.    
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo mat    
Cargo net
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Rear seat pass-throughUsually concealed behind a stowed armrest. Enables long items like skis to be carried without folding the rear seat.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.    
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.    
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.
CD player    
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-Audio-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVD-Audio discs.    
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.    
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.    
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.    
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
Siri integrationActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.    
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Surround sound
Telematics service, such as OnStarIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system. For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.    
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.
Water-repellent front-door glassMakes rain bead up and roll off the windows.    
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.    
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.    
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.  
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.      
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Sunroof  
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Analog clock    
Auto-dimming headlightsHigh beams automatically turned on and off.    
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.    
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.
Powertrain (show)  
Active rear differentialActively splits power between the left and right rear wheels, which generally yields sportier handling.      
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.      
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.    
Transmission coolerOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets      
Second-row 3-person bench
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Door sill trim plates
Floor mats
Heated front seats
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Memory system, driver seat
Memory system, passenger seat    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, passenger seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.
Power lumbar adjuster, passenger seatPower-adjustable lower back support.    
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable cushion length; provides better support for long legs.    
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Upgraded leather upholsteryNo additional value over leather upholstery because no way to standardize across all models.
Upholstered door panels, leather    
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.      
Wood trim, alternative typeReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.      
Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheelReal wood comprises part of the steering wheel rim.    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
All-season tires    
Alloy wheels  
Alloy wheels, optional designSame value as regular alloy wheels because no way to compare across models.      
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.    
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.    

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Option Package Contents

Special Edition

Features
245/45VR18 tires

Technology Package

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Navigation system
CD player
Rear spoiler
Telematics service, such as OnStar
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Rearview camera
Proximity key
Voice control for nav and audio
Media drive, large
Traffic + travel information
ELS, 440W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)

Advance Package

Features
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Blind spot warning system

Advance Package

Features
Cooled or ventilated front seats
Blind spot warning system
245/40VR19 tires

Technology Package

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Navigation system
CD player
Rear spoiler
Telematics service, such as OnStar
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Rearview camera
Proximity key
Voice control for nav and audio
Media drive, large
Traffic + travel information
ELS, 440W, 10 speakers (with subwoofer)

Navigation System / Mark Levinson Audio Package

Features
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Surround sound
Mark Levinson, 835W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)

Ultra Luxury Package

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Sunshades, second row
Memory system, passenger seat

Display Audio Package

Features
Rearview camera
HD radio

Enform

Features
App support

Navigation Package

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information

Ultra Luxury Package

Features
Panoramic sunroof

Luxury Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Cooled or ventilated front seats

Navigation System / Mark Levinson Audio Package

Features
DVD-Audio-compatible player
Surround sound
Mark Levinson, 835W, 15 speakers (with subwoofer)

Ultra Luxury Package

Features
Upgraded leather upholstery
Power thigh support adjuster, driver seat
Sunshades, second row
Memory system, passenger seat

Display Audio Package

Features
Rearview camera
HD radio

Enform

Features
App support

Navigation Package

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
SMS text-to-speech reader
Traffic + travel information

Luxury Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Cooled or ventilated front seats

Premium Package

Features
Wood trim

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