Lexus ES

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES 350 is an interesting car. It combines the niceties of a luxury sedan like wood trim, heated and cooled leather seats, and large amounts of posh with the humble underpinnings of a basic, daily commuter. That’s not to say the car is bad, but it certainly creates an interesting combination. I recently spent a week getting to know the ES 350 pretty well and I came away with mixed emotions.

Based on the Toyota Avalon platform, the four-door sedan affords plenty of legroom both front and rear with generous amounts of hip and shoulder room as well. Its ride falls somewhere between luxurious and sporty. It somehow tastefully walks the fine line between the two, never offending the senses nor outright pleasing them.

Come to think of it, non-offensive is a good way to describe the ES 350. It coddles its occupants from its garage within the gated community to the theater or museum with no fuss. It’s torquey 3.5-liter V-6 does a swell job of propelling the car forward without exerting an exceeding number of revs while its six-speed transmission shifts like warmed butter — firm but not hard; soft but not squishy.

The amenities list on my tester was long. In fact, the panoramic glass roof and 18-inch wheels seemed to be the only notable features missing. The remaining options made for a comfortable ride with enough gadgets to satisfy my inner geek. I did have one complaint about my ES 350 , and it centering on the most important human-car touch point within the vehicle.

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Lexus ’ goal of becoming a player in the luxury market has received a shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2014 ES . Not only is it more dynamic looking, thanks to its adaption of Lexus’ new design ideology, but it also has all the luxury amenities and requisite technology to lock horns with the big boys of the market.

Say what you want about the 2014 ES 350, but you can’t deny that it has arrived and made its intentions known that it’s not going away anytime soon. The limited engine choices could be a drawback, given how versatile and generous other models are in in their drivetrain variety.

All that being said, though, the ES definitely qualifies as a true luxury contender. It’s revised looks and incredibly detailed interior is already enough to justify that billing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus ES 350.

We are back! It is episode 2 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast. In this week’s episode we cover a ton of great news. Just like last time, we start out with the Weekly Wheels. Justin talks about the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata , Mark covers the Toyota Tundra , and I talk about why the Lexus ES 350 doesn’t suck.

In the news we talk about the new collection of cars for download in Need for Speed: Rivals and Forza 5 , the BMW i8 and the 2016 Camaro. After a quick tirade about horsepower we get to newer, cheaper Bentleys and we finish things up with the Land Rover Discovery lineup.

After the big news we revisit Geneva again to cover some stuff you guys said we missed.

If you have anything to say about the show, good or bad, please sound off in the comments. We want to get better, and the best way to do that is with your help. What are we doing right, what are we doing wrong, and what aren’t we doing that we should be?

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Check out the podcast below. See you next week.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Mazda Miata MX-5 PRHT Club, Toyota Tundra

The first generation Lexus ES has been unveiled in 1989 and 2013 model year marks both the introduction of the sixth generation , but also the first-ever hybrid model of the line-up: the ES 300h.

The new ES 300h will be offered with the Lexus Hybrid Drive that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor for a total of 200 HP and an impressive fuel economy of 39 mpg combined. The car can hit a top speed of 112 mph and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds and the quarter mile in 16.8 seconds.

"Since its introduction in 1989, the ES has been the benchmark luxury sedan for quality, reliability, ride comfort and value," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The new ES 350 and the first ever ES hybrid raise the bar once again."< /p>

Updated 07/16/2012: Lexus has announced today that the 2013 ES 300h will arrive at dealerships next month. The model will be priced at $38,850, representing a difference of $2,750 over the ES 350 - priced at $36,100.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Lexus ES 300h.

Lexus unveiled the fifth generation ES luxury sedan in 2006 and has battled it out with the Buick LaCrosse ever since. Now, the sixth generation ES has made its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show in hopes of getting the upperhand on the LaCrosse.

Next to a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the sixth generation ES will be offered for the first time with Lexus Hybrid Drive that offers an incredible 40 mpg. The standard ES350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i combined with a six-speed automatic driving the front wheels.

The exterior design looks similar to the recently announced GS : a new spindle grille, new LED daytime running lights, dual exhaust pipes in the rear bumper, and an integrated spoiler. On the interior, the instrument panel also resembles the one in the GS. It features a big LCD screen and the Lexus Remote Touch Interface controller.

UPDATE 04/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Lexus ES.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Lexus ES350 and the ES 300h.

Lexus LF-Lc

2011 hasn’t been the best year for Lexus on the North American market. The world crisis combined with the massive earthquake that shook Japan to its core in March 2011 hurt the company’s sales and made it surrender its 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States. However, Lexus has plans to make a major comeback, announcing plans to offer nine new or updated products to hopefully increase their sales by about 21%. This translates to 240,000 units compared to 2011’s 198,552 units.

"We will grow more than any other luxury brand this year. Our base plan is 240,000. But we think we can exceed that by a pretty good margin," said Mark Templin, Lexus General Manager.

The list of new models includes the GS 350 and GS 450h sport sedans arriving in February, followed by reworked versions of the ES 350 , the IS 250 and 350 , the LS 460 , and the 600h . The LX SUV will also be refreshed in 2012.

But the biggest news for 2012 is theLF-LC Hybrid Concept shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This concept will be immediately followed by a production version priced somewhere between $100,000 and $130,000.

The Lexus ES is a a family of mid-size luxury sedans launched by the Japanese maker in 1989 and now being already in its fifth generation (starting 2006). The car was sold in three different versions: ES 250, ES 300 and currently ES 350 depending on the engine displacement found under the hood (2,5 liters, 3,0 liters and 3,5 liters).

Thefifth generation Lexus ES has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006 and was sold on the US market as a 2007 model. The model came with an all-new body in the style of Lexus’ new design philosophy, L-finesse, a new 3.5 liter V6 engine and for the first time Lexus has offered a six-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel drive model.

In 2009 the car has received amid-cycle facelift that included a revised front and rear styling. Also, in 2009 Lexus has added a new version to the line-up, the ES 240, but it was only sold on the Chinese market.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2006 - 2012 Lexus ES 350.

This year has been a little lackluster for Lexus in terms of beating our their competition, but the luxury end of Toyota is getting back on track for what it says will be a couple of exciting years. With all its latest innovations, Lexus is planning a few big things to battle it out against the likes of BMW and Mercedes. This includes a full refresh of its luxury sedans, as well as a kick-the-competition-in-the-ass LF-A Roadster.

The passenger-car lineup will be made over by the spring of 2013, as the GS , ES , IS , and LS sedans will all be either redesigned or re-engineered. However, the biggest gun in the arsenal will be the LF-A supercar . The 500 units for the current LF-A coupe will be finished by 2013, then a roadster version will be unveiled in 2014. This model was actually previewed by the LF-A Roadster concept unveiled in 2008, but the production version will feature the company’s latest design language. Lexus hasn’t said anything about the more powerful version of their LF-A supercar rumored a while ago, but we hope that will be their secret weapon somewhere down the line.

In addition to the sedan redo and the drop top LF-A, Lexus also has plans for the future GS-F performance edition and the LS . The company has said that the high-performance version will not feature a conventional V8 engine, but a hybrid drivetrain. The LS will also be redesigned in 2013 - it will get weight-saving technology using premium materials and a new, more economical engine.

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The entry-level luxury segment doesn’t get the attention of some of the various other segments, such as the luxury sports sedan category. Yet, attention from car lovers matters about as much to sales as one cloud on a sunny day. Photos on the covers of magazines are all well and good, but sales numbers are what really count.

The reason for this is the fact that companies don’t make a whole lot of money selling a few thousand super expensive machines with plush seats, loads of technology, and a massive motor. Sort of like Rolex and Timex, as one makes a better product, but the latter is far wealthier. So, with so many different automakers trying to soak up the sales of the entry-level luxury game, one would think that sales would be spread, but they’re not. One vehicle has maintained dominance over the herd, theLexus ES .

In the past decade, Toyota has created 600,000 of these sedans in the U.S alone, with another 650,000 in the rest of the world. What makes this even better for the Japanese automaker is the lack of incentives that go along with the ES. These things are selling straight up.

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The ES350 luxury sedan enters the 2011 model year with the addition of a new exterior color (Deep Sea Mica) and the option of using 87-octane regular fuel. The 2011 ES350 will go on sale at a price of $35,525.

The 2011 ES350 features arrowhead-shaped headlamps, integrated fog lamps, and a chrome grille and grille surround.

On the interior, the Lexus comes with many standard luxury features including leather-trimmed seating available in three colors, one-touch tilt/slide power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control system, 10-way power front seats (with standard driver memory), Lexus Lexus Premium Audio system, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel that integrates easy-to-use controls for the audio system. For added luxury, the customer can opt for the Ultra Luxury Package which includes heated and ventilated front seats, HID with AFS, and Intuitive Park Assist (IPA). Other features for this package include a panorama glass roof, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed seating, double-contrast stitching for the seats, console, and door trim, power rear sunshade, passenger memory, and a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. The Ultra Luxury Package is finished with Exclusive Liquid Graphite-finish 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels an exclusive Black and Saddle interior.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 HP at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm and is mated to a six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).

Press release after the jump.


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