Posted Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

Toyota launched its Lexus brand in the 90s and eventually spun it off as a separate company to compete in the premium vehicle market. At the same time, the company continued to improve core Toyota products, adding high-end design and materials and increasing amenities. The end result has been Toyotas that are just as good as, if not better than, their premium cousins.


Consider the 2018 Toyota Camry and the Lexus ES. A close comparison of the two vehicles shows little daylight between what the Lexus ES has to offer and what the 2018 Camry provides at a much lower price.

Toyota redesigned the Camry for 2018, and the vehicle has made a significant leap from its past as a competent, but not thrilling, family sedan. The new Camry is sleek and stylish and has many features associated with luxury vehicles, such as the 2017 Lexus ES, Lexus’ equivalent sedan. The Lexus ES hasn’t been redesigned in a while, and its age is beginning to show.

  • Performance – The new Camry outclasses its (allegedly) swankier cousin in performance. The 2018 Camry is equipped with a 5-liter engine that cranks out 301 horsepower. The 2017 Lexus ES has a 3.5-liter V6 that produces just 268 horsepower.Both the new Camry and the Lexus ES offer a quiet cabin. Excellent suspension systems on both vehicles offer a smooth and composed ride. The Camry’s additional oomph makes it much more fun than the Lexus ES, however.
  • Interior – With regard to interior design, the Lexus remains the more handsome vehicle. The ES offers wood trim pieces and other high-end features that are superior to the Camry’s offerings. However, the Camry has significantly improved the quality of its interior design. Both are fairly spacious mid-size sedans, with ample leg and headroom for drivers and passengers.
  • Technology – The Camry offers an impressive technology package to its buyers, while the Lexus ES struggles to make its gear user-friendly and accessible. The Camry offers an easy-to-use touchscreen that makes handling multimedia easy. A driver’s assist package available on the Camry offers features unavailable on the Lexus ES, including an around-view monitor and HUD.The Lexus ES doesn’t offer a touchscreen. Instead, it offers a Remote Touch controller—a sort-of mouse for your car. It’s awkward and difficult to use.
  • Price – A top-tier Camry XSE costs about $38,250, about $1,000 cheaper than the 2017 Lexus ES 350’s price of $39,895.


The new Camry has caught up to its luxury cousin the Lexus ES in many ways and has even surpassed it in one or two. Discerning auto consumers can easily see that the new Toyota Camry offers an exceptional driving experience rivaled only by top-shelf mid-size sedans.

For consumers looking for luxury quality at an affordable price, North Hollywood Toyota has the vehicles you’ve been searching for. Visit the Los Angeles Toyota dealership today to test drive the new 2018 Toyota Camry or other high-quality new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles.