Compare 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Lexus GS 350

Lexus ES 350 Lexus GS 350
Standard Engine 3.5L V6 Standard Engine 3.5L V6
Horsepower 268 hp Horsepower 311 hp
MPG (city/hwy) * 21 / 30 MPG (city/hwy) * 20 / 28
Seats 5 Seats 5
All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Specs at a Glance


People want and need different things from their cars, even when the car in question is a luxury sedan. Once the differences become apparent on these two models, it’s easy to see that Lexus is counting on one of these sedans to be the right choice no matter what you’re looking for.

Both cars feature a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 6 cylinder engine. The 2018 Lexus ES has 268 horsepower; however, the 2018 Lexus GS has 311 horsepower, more torque, and lower gas mileage as a result. The GS is also available in all-wheel drive versus only front-wheel drive for the ES.


The ES 350 offers a modern take on a classic sedan, with its subdued but stylish appearance, 17-inch wheels, and LED exterior lights. The GS 350, with its sleek black trim and 18-inch wheels, is definitely the sportier-looking car out of the pair.


Since both cars are made by Lexus, they each have a lengthy list of standard features that buyers have generally come to expect in a luxury sedan. However, with its higher price point, the GS 350 starts with more standard features than its ES counterpart. Both cars feature keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control and 10-way power front seats. The GS 350 adds to that list with driver’s side memory in those power seats and a 12.3-inch display versus the ES 350’s 8-inch display.

While both the Lexus ES 350 and GS 350 offer a ton of features inside, outside and under the hood, they will each appeal to a different set of buyers. The GS 350 is the more powerful sports sedan and the ES 350 offers more room in the trunk and backseat, along with a softer ride, for the whole family.