Lexus vs. Acura: Battle of the Brands

2018 Lexus LC, 2018 Acura NSX
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Which Japanese Luxury Automaker Is Right for You?

If you have ever shopped for a luxury car or SUV, you’ve probably taken a look at an Acura or a Lexus. These two luxury brands tend to fare well in their class rankings, earning their premium prices by providing a combination of style, sportiness, and practicality. The question is, which one of these brands is more worth a trip to the dealer?

Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand, and as such, it carries Toyota’s reputation for quality and reliability, along with impressive performance and sophisticated design. Toyota’s expertise in hybrid vehicles is another strength that carries over to the Lexus brand. In addition to Lexus’ rivalry with Acura, other notable competitors include Infiniti, BMW, and Cadillac.

Acura, which is owned by Honda, also makes good luxury cars and SUVs. One of Honda’s major strengths is the value provided to customers in terms of price and features, and that approach carries over to the Acura brand. Acuras tend to be less expensive than rival luxury vehicles, and the cabins of Acura vehicles tend to be chock-full of the latest features and user-friendly technology.

If you are deciding between either of these brands, here you’ll learn which has a better lineup based on U.S. News scoring in individual categories. We’ll take a look at criteria and individual vehicle classes that are most important to new car buyers.

(Keep in mind that the scores on our site are updated constantly as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the scores mentioned in this slideshow may not match the scores in our reviews.)

Read how Lexus and Acura stack up on the following pages.