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2021 Lexus ES family gains AWD grip, Black Line Special Edition attitude

Now available with grips-at-all-corners traction, Lexus' seventh-gen sedan also cops more 'tude with a new, limited-edition sport appearance package.

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The 2021 Lexus ES 350 will now come in a new Black Line Special Edition that builds off of the existing F Sport model.

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Available in three paint colors, just 1,500 BLSE models will be built.

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The Black Line Special Edition trim features blacked-out mirror caps, wheels and a subtle lip spoiler, but no additional go-faster performance parts.

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All-wheel drive is also available for the first time in a Lexus ES. Rallycross, anyone?

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Yep, you're still stuck with Lexus' cursed Remote Touch infotainment, featuring one of the worst interfaces in the entire industry.

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While the ES has long been viewed as a safe, comfortable cars for older drivers, in recent years, Lexus has been attempting to make the model more attractive to younger buyers with keener handling and sharper styling.

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All-wheel drive could help the ES prevent more defections to crossover SUVs.

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The ES' oversized "spindle grille" is its most controversial design feature.

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My, what big... everything you have.

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Defaulting to a mostly front-drive bias, the available AWD system can send up to 50% of its torque to the rear wheels when necessary.

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