Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
Lexus made its name building luxury cars that compare well with offerings from high-end European brands, usually at a significantly lower price. The ES 350, even though at the lower end of the Lexus lineup, keeps that luxury trait alive. The sole purpose of the car is to pamper its passengers.
To that end, its automatic features, including adaptive cruise control, take care of the simpler tasks. Navigation and the Bluetooth phone system make for practical cabin tech features, and the Mark Levinson audio system treats the car's occupants to excellent sound quality.