Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES is based on a platform similar to the Toyota Avalon, and that car's longer wheelbase affords a roomier interior, particularly for rear passengers. The ES features independent suspension all around for a smooth, effortless ride.

The ES 350 comes powered by a 3.5L V6 that makes 268 horsepower and delivers an estimated 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. This is mated to a 6-speed sequential-shift automatic. The all-new ES 300h Hybrid utilizes a 2.5L 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine that is paired with an electric motor. The duo produces 200 horsepower and returns an estimated 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The 300h features an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission to deliver seamless, efficient shifts.

The ES is rich in standard equipment, with perforated NuLuxe upholstery, power locks and mirrors as well as one-touch up/down windows, 10-way power adjustable front seats, one-touch open-close power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, leather seating and much more. Technology features include steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, Display Audio with a back-up camera, driver-selectable engine mapping, 8-speaker sound system, and Lexus Enform Remote, which allows ES owners to remotely view and control certain features such as the locks, engine stop/start, and climate control via mobile app. Bluetooth hands-free technology is also standard.

Options and packages take the ES to another level. Among the amenities available include hard-drive-based navigation with voice command, heated and ventilated leather seating, a panorama glass roof, a power rear sunshade and a Mark Levinson premium sound system. Other goodies include a lane-departure warning system, radar-based cruise control, parking assist and blind-spot monitoring.

Editors' Review

Now chugging along in its seventh generation, the ES sedan is a stalwart of the Lexus lineup. For 2021, there's a new ES 250 all-wheel-drive model, as well as the ES 350 F Sport Black Line you see here. But don't let those aggro looks fool you. Despite its sporty appearance, the ES 350 is a comfy-cozy cruiser above all.

Lexus will only sell 1,500 Black Line special editions, a package that adds $850 to an ES 350's bottom line. The unique Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint looks awesome, contrasting nicely with the black mirror caps and lip spoiler. Lexus' corporate grille looks nice here, with its black finish and mesh insert. I also love the zig-zag cue of the LED headlights and the crisp, sharp taillights, which bring character to the rear. All told, this ES 350 is seriously handsome.

The ES 350 is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, and its 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque are ample for this sedan. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, putting power down via front-wheel drive.

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The Good ~ Sharp looks ~ Spacious and comfortable interior ~ Hushed highway ride

The Bad ~ Terrible infotainment system ~ Not particularly fun to drive ~ Rear seats don't fold down

The Bottom Line The 2021 Lexus ES 350 is a fine car for commuting, but maybe skip the F Sport.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7
  • Features 8
  • Design 9
  • Media 6

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