The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman is a lovely vehicle which is sought after for its delightful handling, dual transmission options and extensive customization choices. But can it compete with the 2021 Lexus ES, a car which is prized for its lavish interior, premium ride quality and outstanding overall value?
Design & Style
The Lexus ES comes with three different powertrains, and is designed with the finest materials. The seats within the cabin provide excellent back support and it is outfitted with the newest communications technology. It’s all wheel drive has been standardized and those that purchase the Black Line Special Edition will get a white cabin with a black colored spoiler and matching luggage designed by Zero Halliburton.
The Porsche 718 can be purchased in the form of a coupe or convertible. Its suspension is robust, the brakes are strong and the steering wheel provides exceptional feedback, and buyers also get the option of a manual or automatic transmission. Apple CarPlay has now been fully integrated and the mirrors will dim automatically with bixenon style headlights that will turn when your steering wheel does.
Technology & Safety
The Porsche 718 comes with numerous safety countermeasures, which include parking sensors, cruise control that is adaptive, and blind area monitoring. Luxuries within its cabin include Wi-Fi, a navigation system that is built in, climate control, powered seats and the option of a Bose or Burmester audio system that includes twelve speakers.
The Lexus ES has received a perfect five star safety rating from the NHTSA, which is a great honor indeed. It is equipped with most of the features found in the Porsche 718, including emergency automated brakes, lane management, and cruise control which is adaptive. Perks within its cabin include infotainment displays that are eight inches in size, the choice of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and a sound system with ten speakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa and satellite radio.
Those that purchase the Lexus ES350 will get a V6, 3.5 liter engine that can generate 302 horsepower that is wedded to an automated eight speed transmission that can accelerate from zero to sixty in 8.1 seconds. Those that purchase the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS will get a 414 horsepower engine that can accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds.
The Bottom Line
For acceleration, the Lexus ES moves like a snail when compared to the Porsche 718, but aside from this, the Lexus ES is mired by poor infotainment and a backseat that doesn’t even fold, which makes the Porsche 718 Cayman the winner.
Ready to Schedule a Porsche 718 Test Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche 718 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche 718 test drive appointment.
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