The Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Lexus ES/Toyota Avalon

Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry.

Large sedans have become somewhat of a strange breed. Competitors like the Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300, Volkswagen Arteon and Kia Stinger are now fighting for attention from the same customers.

After much deliberation, we ended up with two models in a tie for first place in the segment: the Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon. The former is relatively cheaper than the German cars, so it can be put in the same conversation as more mainstream models. For 2021, the ES is even available with all-wheel drive while continuing to offer a 3.5-litre V6 engine and a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain.

The Avalon is adding an AWD option for 2021, too, although you must select the four-cylinder engine to get it. The available V6 comes with front-wheel drive only.

In both cases, we’re talking about solid products overall. Their excellent reliability also gives them an edge over lesser rivals.

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Second place goes to a more dynamic and sportier-looking car, the Volkswagen Arteon. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, this coupe-like German sedan comes standard with AWD and plenty of features considering the price.

The Kia Stinger ranks third in the segment in our opinion. As the sportiest contender, the Korean sedan delivers impressing performance and handling while also offering high value and killer looks.

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