2020 BMW 3 Series vs 2020 Lexus ES Premium Sedan Comparison in Norwalk, CA

The Lexus brand offers a line of premium sedans for the luxury market -- but only a BMW is worthy of the title Ultimate Driving Machine. When you're looking for a premium sedan for getting around Southern California, the BMW 3 Series offers the features you need as well as the driving experience you want! We're comparing the 2020 BMW 3 Series against the 2020 Lexus ES right here on this page. They cost about the same, but the value you get in return is vastly different. Discover the differences below, then head to McKenna BMW in Norwalk for your test drive.

BMW 3 Series Interior At Night

Size & Comfort Comparison: 2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Lexus ES

Climbing behind the wheel of the 2020 BMW 3 Series means settling into a premium performance icon. The interior provides the comfort and technology you expect from such a car, including standard 12-way power front seats with driver's seat position memory, 3-zone automatic climate control and a folding rear seat for storing items too long for the trunk like skis and surfboards. On the 2020 Lexus ES, you'll get 8-way front seats with no memory settings, dual-zone climate control and a fixed rear seat. A folding rear seat isn't even available as an option.

And even though the 2020 Lexus ES is a larger car overall (the BMW 3 Series is a compact sedan while the Lexus ES is a midsize sedan), your rear seat passengers will get a lot more personal space inside the BMW sedan. It provides 57.4" of rear hiproom, where you only get 54.3" across the back seats in the 2020 Lexus ES sedan.

BMW 3 Series Live Cockpit

Technology Comparison: 2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Lexus ES

Along with a slightly bigger standard touchscreen in the dashboard, the 2020 BMW 3 Series provides more standard technology than the 2020 Lexus ES. Standard built-in navigation with voice recognition and the iDrive touchpad controller in the center console make it easier to get the information and entertainment you desire, without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. Voice control, navigation and a touchpad controller will all cost you extra on the 2020 Lexus ES as options.

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BMW 3 Series M-Sport Brakes

Performance Comparison: 2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Lexus ES

They say, "There's no replacement for displacement," but these days they -- whoever they are -- apparently aren't familiar with BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. Compared to the 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 in the 2020 Lexus ES, the 2020 BMW 3 Series sedan makes a bit less horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. However, thanks to the sophisticated twin-scroll turbocharger which all but eliminates turbo lag, peak torque arrives as soon as you put your foot down. All 295 lb-ft of torque are on tap at just 1,550 RPMs, compared to just 267 lb-ft which don't arrive until 4,700 RPMs on the Lexus ES. And that's why the 3 Series is quicker. A full second quicker from 0-60 MPH, in fact.

BMW 3 Series M-Performance

Available Upgrades: 2020 BMW 3 Series vs. 2020 Lexus ES

While you can get a sportier appearance package for the 2020 Lexus ES, it doesn't bring any additional engine power to back it up. But the 2020 BMW 3 Series sedan offers an M-tuned engine upgrade to take your 3 Series from sporty performer to track-ready thrill ride. Step up to the 2020 BMW M340i and you'll get a turbocharged inline six engine making 382 horsepower for acceleration from 0-60 MPH in as little as 4.1 seconds with available xDrive all-wheel drive. The 2020 Lexus ES sedan simply can't come anywhere close to that level of performance.

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Why BMW Gives You More Value Than Lexus

As you can see, the 2020 BMW 3 Series makes your dollar go further than any other sedan in this class when it comes to performance, technology and comfort. And when you upgrade to the BMW M340i, you're getting M-tuned performance without the costlier price tag of a full-blown M car -- all for a price that competes with a midsize sedan from Lexus. Deep down, you know which one you really want.

2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan 2020 Lexus ES Series Sedan
$40,750 Starting MSRP* $39,900
5.6 Seconds Standard 0-60 MPH Time 6.6 Seconds
255 Standard Horsepower 302
294 Standard Torque (lb-ft) 267
Rear-Wheel Drive (AWD Available) Drive Type Front-Wheel Drive (AWD Available)
17 Cubic Feet Trunk Volume  16.7 Cubic Feet
18" Alloy Wheels Standard Wheels 17" Alloy Wheels
Standard Built-In Navigation Available Upgrade
3-Zone Automatic Climate Control Standard Climate Controls Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
30 Combined MPG Fuel Economy 26 Combined MPG

*MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $995, tax, title, license, and registration.