Compare Lexus ES vs. BMW 4-Series

Compare the Lexus ES against the BMW 4-Series. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the ES stacks up against the 4-Series in terms of performance, features, safety, prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new ES or 4-Series. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2014 Lexus ES 2014 BMW 4-Series
2014 Lexus ES 2014 BMW 4-Series
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Convertible
  • Convertible
  • Convertible


MSRP $36,620 $40,500  
Invoice $34,300 $37,260
Avg. Paid $33,232 $31,832

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.5 8.2  
Critics' Rating 7.3 9.6
Performance 7.2 9.3
Interior 8.1 7.7
Cost to Own 8.4 7.7
Safety 9.7 N/A
Reliability 5.0 3.5

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet, well-built interior
  • Ample rear-seat legroom
  • Comfortable ride
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Sharp handling
  • Dull handling
  • Frustrating navigation controller
  • Limited cabin storage

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5 L/211 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 21 City / 31 Hwy 23 City / 35 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Coupe  


Wheelbase(in) 111 110.6  
Length, Overall (in) 192.7 182.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 71.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 54.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard  
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3549 3470  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional  
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 100.1
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 39.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.6 55.3
Front Hip Room (in) 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 36.1
Second Leg Room (in) 40 33.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55 51.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.2 15.7


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional  
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Leather Seats Optional Optional  
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional Optional
Auto-Leveling Headlights Optional Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional Optional


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard  
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 3.5 L/211 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 268 @ 6200 240 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 248 @ 4700 255 @ 1250
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.4 37.1


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.2 15.8


Active Suspension System Optional  
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Strut Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Strut Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Optional
6-Speed Manual Optional

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.