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Compare the2024 BMW 3 Series SedanVS 2024 Lexus ES

2024 BMW 3 Series Sedan
2024 Lexus ES

Safety

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The 3 Series Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The ES doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the 3 Series Sedan are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The ES doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The 3 Series Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The ES doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 3 Series Sedan and the ES have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the BMW 3 Series Sedan is safer than the Lexus ES:

3 Series Sedan

ES

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

24%

Neck Stress

207 lbs.

239 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

201/230 lbs.

524/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

252

319

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

33%

Leg Forces (l/r)

200/338 lbs.

473/518 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 BMW 3 Series Sedan is safer than the Lexus ES:

3 Series Sedan

ES

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

252 lbs.

264 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

532 lbs.

541 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

HIC

270

326

Hip Force

544 lbs.

570 lbs.

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the 3 Series Sedan, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.3% less likely to roll over than the ES, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty

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The 3 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the ES’ (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 3 Series Sedan for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the ES (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 44 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 3 Series Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the 3 Series Sedan has a standard 720-amp battery. The ES’ 603-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the 3 Series Sedan is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 3 Series Sedan’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The ES’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 3 Series Sedan’s reliability 13 points higher than the Lexus ES and 18 points higher than the Lexus ES Hybrid.

Engine

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The 3 Series Sedan has more powerful engines than the ES:

Horsepower

Torque

330i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

M340i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

382 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

ES 250 AWD 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

215 HP

ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6

302 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the 330i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

3 Series Sedan

ES

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.1 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 3 Series Sedan gets better mileage than the ES:

MPG

3 Series Sedan

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

ES

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

F Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the 3 Series Sedan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the ES Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the 3 Series Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. If the conditions warrant or the driver wishes, the system can be manually disabled at any time for the duration of a trip. Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the ES Hybrid, and doesn’t offer a disable button.

The 3 Series Sedan has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.6 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The 3 Series Sedan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The ES doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 3 Series Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES:

330i

M340i

ES

Front Rotors

13 inches

13.7 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

11.1 inches

The 3 Series Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the ES are solid, not vented.

The 3 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the ES:

3 Series Sedan

ES

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 3 Series Sedan has larger standard tires than the ES (225/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The 3 Series Sedan’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’ standard 55 series tires. The 3 Series Sedan’s optional 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the ES F Sport’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 3 Series Sedan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ES.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the 3 Series Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The ES doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 3 Series Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ES’ suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The 3 Series Sedan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.2% to 48.8%) than the ES’ (57.4% to 42.6%). This gives the 3 Series Sedan more stable handling and braking.

The 330i handles at .95 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M340i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.4 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (25 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The 3 Series Sedan is 10 inches shorter than the ES, making the 3 Series Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW 3 Series Sedan amounts to more than styling. The 3 Series Sedan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the ES (.26 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 3 Series Sedan get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the 3 Series Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ES doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The 3 Series Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the 3 Series Sedan’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the ES’ useful trunk space.

The 3 Series Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 3 Series Sedan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the ES. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 3 Series Sedan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ES’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the 3 Series Sedan and the ES offer optional heated front seats. The 3 Series Sedan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the ES.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW 3 Series has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the ES.

The 3 Series Sedan’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The ES doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 3 Series Sedan is less expensive to operate than the ES because typical repairs cost much less on the 3 Series Sedan than the ES, including $199 less for a fuel pump, $311 less for a timing belt/chain and $512 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the BMW 3 Series Sedan and the Lexus ES, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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