Even admitting the 2021 Lexus ES is a sedate alms in a articulation bedeviled by accepted sports sedans, it delivers what a assertive accumulation of affluence car buyers are attractive for in agreement of comfort, ride quality, and effortless canoeing capability. Three powertrains are offered: A V-6 agent with 302-hp, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive, or a amalgam bureaucracy that delivers absurd ammunition economy. As for luxury, the ES’s berth is a admirable amplitude that’s lined with accomplished materials, admiring seats, and affluence of technology appearance and connectivity options. What’s the downside? The Lexus doesn’t bear the aforementioned akin of active achievement as the sportier affluence cars it competes against. But, for the amount of an entry-level Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-class you can accept a well-loaded ES—which makes it an angry amount in this awful aggressive segment.
Lexus is abacus the ES250 to the ES calendar this year, which is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and comes accepted with all-wheel drive. Like Lexus’ RX SUV, the ES auto additionally receives a Atramentous Line Appropriate Edition amalgamation for 2021. Based on the F Sport model, the Atramentous Line amalgamation adds atramentous exoteric trim, a atramentous lip spoiler, a white interior, and a two-piece analogous baggage set from Zero Halliburton. Elsewhere, dark atom ecology with rear cross-traffic active is now accepted on Ultra Affluence and F Sport models, a new Rich Cream autogenous blush is available, and Lexus’s Enform Assurance Connect apartment of connectivity features—including onboard Wi-Fi—is now accepted beyond the absolute range.
We anticipate advance to the ES350 with the Ultra Affluence amalgamation is account it alike admitting it increases the amount decidedly over the abject model. The Ultra Affluence amalgamation adds appropriate 18-inch wheels, semi-aniline covering upholstery, a hands-free ability block lid, a ability rear sunshade, a wood-and-leather council wheel, and an adaptive suspension. To that, we’d add the Aeronautics package, which upgrades the infotainment affectation to the beyond 12.3-inch bureaucracy and adds in-dash aeronautics and articulation recognition.
The 2021 Lexus ES gives buyers a best of three powertrains. The ES250 is powered by a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent and comes accepted with all-wheel drive. All ES350 trims appear with a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 302 application and is absolute by an eight-speed automated chiral that sends ability to the advanced wheels. With all ES350h trims, action comes from a amalgam powertrain that provides a net achievement of 215 horsepower; a continuously capricious automated chiral (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. At our analysis track, the gas-only ES350 sprinted from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The amalgam alternative fabricated the birr in a added adequate 8.3 seconds. This Lexus auto exhibits the composed administration and affectionate ride affection that’s admired by abounding luxury-car shoppers. For those gluttonous keener handling, the F Sport trim adds beyond auto and abeyance affability that’s added achievement oriented. Alike with this upgrade, though, the ES is beneath able-bodied than aggressive models such as the BMW 5-series.
According to the EPA, breadth for the Lexus ES350 acme out at 22/32 mpg city/highway. As you’d expect, the ES350h amalgam is alike added frugal, accomplishing breadth of 43/44 mpg. The EPA hasn’t appear ammunition abridgement estimates for the new ES250 yet, but Lexus claims it’s able of a 28 mpg accumulated city/highway rating. During our time with an ES350, we empiric breadth of 39 mpg during artery active at 75 mph over the advance of 200 miles. With the ES350h, we empiric ammunition abridgement of 45 mpg on the aforementioned analysis route.
With its stylish, absurd birr and high-quality materials, the ES’s berth creates a costly ambiance for passengers. Both rows action abundant legroom for the long-legged, and the seats board adequate support. Notably, the berth is absolutely peaceful, alike back the ES is actuality apprenticed at artery speeds. Both gas-only and amalgam models board 17.0 cubic anxiety of allowance in the trunk, and this gives the ES added burden amplitude than rivals such as the Volvo S90 (14.0 cubic feet) and Acura TLX (14.0 cubic feet). Unfortunately, the ES isn’t accessible with a folding rear seat. This makes it difficult for this Lexus to board outsize cargo.
Luxury-car buyers attending for cartage alms the latest and greatest tech features, and the 2021 Lexus ES doesn’t disappoint. It comes accepted with an infotainment arrangement absolute by an 8.0-inch axial display, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adequacy are onboard to board hassle-free accessory integration. All models appear with a 10-speaker complete arrangement able with SiriusXM accessory radio. The account of accepted tech amenities additionally includes Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth buzz and music streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Scout GPS Link navigation.
The 2021 Lexus ES becoming a absolute bristles stars all-embracing in blast tests conducted by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) appointed the ES a Top Assurance Pick . Key assurance appearance include:
Lexus provides best assurance advantage than rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, it trails Genesis in this area, which offers one of the best warranties in the segment.
2019 Lexus ES350 Luxury
VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED$51,025 (base price: $40,625)
ENGINE TYPEDOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, anchorage and absolute ammunition injection
Displacement211 cu in, 3456 ccPower302 hp @ 6600 rpmTorque267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
CHASSISSuspension (F/R): struts/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 12.0-in vented disc/11.1-in solid discTires: Michelin Energy Saver A/S, 235/45R-18 94V M S
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 113.0 inLength: 195.9 inWidth: 73.4 inHeight: 56.9 inPassenger volume: 100 cu ftTrunk volume: 17 cu ftCurb weight: 3772 lb