Your favorite luxury sedan returns with updated safety, tech, and looks.

The Lexus has recieved a few necessary updates, and now it is ready to compete well with the German mid-size luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes-Benz E Class. The welcome additions are worth the $40,800 price tag, and it is still a bargain compared to some of the German competition.

Overview.

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The ES has been a great sedan with a different view of luxury and comfort. Like the previous model year, the powertrain options remain the same with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine, a 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup. The interior sees the major update with the new 8-inch touchscreen operated infotainment screen and it is tilted towards the driver for added convenience. The ES 300h is available now with the F Sport grade which has enhanced suspension and other sportier elements. In other words, the ES is a big comfy cruiser with all the luxury you need considering the sub $40,000 price tag.

Trims and Features.

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The 2022 ES is offered in three trims majorly - ES250, ES350, and ES300h. Under each trim, there are about four sub-trims like Standard, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport. All the main trims have different powertrain and drivetrain options but share the same features under the sub-trims. The base ES250 starts at $40,800 and packs the least powerful engine in the bunch that is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine with an all-wheel-drive system as standard. The ES 350 comes next with a starting price similar to the ES250 but sports a bigger and more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 with front-wheel-drive. The ES300h is priced about $1,100 more than the 250 and 350 and has a hybrid set up.

The base trim features are all the standard bits and are priced the lowest.
All standard features are as follows:

  • 10-speaker Pioneer premium audio system.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Electric power steering.
  • Rearview camera.
  • Leather steering wheel.
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument console.
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats.
  • Heated front seats.
  • Faux-leather seating.
  • 17-inch alloy wheels.
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The updated Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 is standard and will add features like:

  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection.
  • Emergency braking assist.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Forward Mitigation mitigation.
  • Lane-keeping and lane departure warning.

The optional Premium package includes:

  • Driver seat memory functions.
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering adjustability.
  • Automatic wipers.
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The luxury trim is the best time to choose and includes:

  • Includes the Premium package.
  • 18-inch alloy wheels.
  • Leather seats.
  • 14-way power-adjustable driver seat.

The F Sport is what you need if you want a sportier touch to the ES. It will add features like:

  • Sport-tuned suspension.
  • Sports seats.
  • 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • Premium package features.
  • F-Sport interior and exterior visual updates.
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Top-of-the-line Ultra Luxury isn’t exactly "top of the line" It still misses out on the 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, wireless charging, and heads-up display as standard features. Key features are as follows:

  • Navigation system.
  • Bespoke chassis dampening system for better cornering stability.
  • Premium leather seats and interior trims.
  • Power-operated trunk release.
  • Surround-view monitor.
  • Leather and wood steering wheel.
  • Adaptive suspension.

The price stats of the different trims are as follows:

2022 Lexus Trims and Prices
Trims Price
ES 250 $40,800
ES 250 Luxury $46,200
ES 250 F Sport $45,450
ES 250 Ultra Luxury $49,980
ES 350 $40,800
ES 350 Luxury $46,200
ES 350 F Sport $45,450
ES 350 Ultra Luxury $49,980
ES 300h $41,900
ES 300h Luxury $47,300
ES 300h F Sport $45,450
ES 300h Ultra Luxury $51,080

Does The Newly Designed Exterior Look Appealing?

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The 2022 Lexus ES now has sharper looks. No doubt that the outgoing model year was a stunner too, but the updated front fascia with a sleeker set of LED headlamps and DRLs make it look even bolder. The huge intake grille has got an update too with a mesh design. Looking at the rear, not much has changed with the design. The LED taillights and the dual exhaust tips still look great. The F Sport gets a set of 19-inch wheels but the 17-inch ones are set as standard.

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New colors were added to the arsenal: Iridium and Cloudburst Gray. The exterior dimensions remain similar to the outgoing model year with 113-inch wheelbase and 195.9 inches long length. The ground clearance, width, and height remain the same at 5.9-inch 73.4-inch, and 56.9-inch, respectively.

2022 Lexus ES Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Lexus ES
Curb Weight (lb) 3,690 (250)
Length (inches) 195.9
Width (inches) 73.4
Height (inches) 56.9
Ground Clearance (inches) 5.9
Wheelbase (inches) 113.0

Interior Overview.

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The cabin still manages to stun many enthusiasts with its upscale and comfy nature. The dashboard design with the new touchscreen display at the center looks updated because of the slightly tilted center display towards the driver. That said, pretty much everything remains the same with the outgoing model year. The 7.0-inch instrument cluster looks cool as ever, and the leather steering wheel feels premium in hands. Apart from the excellent cabin insulation, the materials used inside are mainly faux leather and suede for the door panels and the dashboard. The standard seats are wrapped in faux-leather and come with great cushioning. The also feature power adjustability and multi-level heating options.

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The cabin spaciousness is something we all have come to love about the ES and the new one follows the same path. Up to five average people can easily fit inside with ease and they can experience an airy cabin with lots of shoulder and legroom, even in the rear row. A few of the interior features that are worth mentioning:

  • 7.0-inch digital instrument console.
  • Leather and wood trims.
  • Leather and wood steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic adjustability.
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Premium leather seats.
  • 14-way power-adjustable driver seat and 10-way front passenger seat with multi-level heating options.
2022 Lexus ES Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Lexus ES
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 37.5/55.9/42.4
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 37.8/54.3/39.2
Cargo Capacity (lb) 16.7
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The Lexus infotainment system remains the same with voice-command features and a complicated interface which can be very distracting for the driver. For added convenience, Lexus has decided to go for a full touchscreen display and is slightly tilted towards the driver. An 8.0-inch display comes as standard but a big 12.3-inch display can be opted for with some extra cash. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard but you can upgrade to a heads-up display and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. A few of the important infotainment system features are as follows:

  • 8.0-inch or 12.3-inch touchscreen center display.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
  • 10-speaker Pioneer premium audio experience.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
  • Scout GPS Link navigation.

Performance and Handling.

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The new 2022 ES gets no mechanical upgrades and has the same engine options. The ES 250 has a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which is capable of putting out a mere 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The ES 350 gets a slightly more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine with no turbochargers and does put out 302 horses and 267 pound-feet of maximum torque. Among the two, the former engine is the only trim coming with an all-wheel drivetrain as standard. Lexus also offers an MHEV, the ES 300h, which comes with the 2.5-liter mill as the ES 250 but with an electric motor. Combined they produce up to 215 horses and power is delivered to the wheels through CVT.

It is inevitable for the V-6 to be ahead in terms of overall acceleration among the other two. The ES 350 does a knot to 60 in 6.1 seconds which is fast considering the other two trims and completes a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. The ES 250 and 300h do the knot to 60 in a leisurely 8.1 and 8.3 seconds. Similarly, for the quarter-mile run, both of them are about two seconds behind the ES 350.

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The 350 F Sport gets an adaptive suspension with the Dynamic Package and that helps in better cornering stability and less body roll. The steering wheel feels heavy while taking hard turns but offers decent feedback. Overall, the ride comfort is excellent but is not a champ in terms of handling like the Mercedes E Class or the BMW 5 Series. Braking has been enhanced with a linear brake feel when the new bigger pedal is pushed hard.

2022 Lexus ES Performance Stats
Model ES 250 ES 350 ES 300h
Engine 2.5-liter Naturally Aspirated inline-4 3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V-6 2.5-liter Naturally Aspirated inline-4/ Electric Hybrid
Drivetrain AWD FWD FWD
Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic 8-speed shiftable automatic continuously variable-speed automatic
Power  203 HP @ 6,500 RPM 302 HP @ 6,600 RPM 215 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque  184 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM N/A
0-60 MPH (seconds) 8.1 6.1 8.3
Quarter-Mile (seconds) 16.2 14.6 16.4
Top Speed (MPH) 130 130 130

Fuel Economy.

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If you can sacrifice the performance, the hybrid 300h is the one you should consider. The EPA has rated it at 43/44/44 for city/highway/combined. The tank range is around 580.8 miles which makes it one of the best in the segment. The ES 350 delivers the least fuel economy among the trims with around 2-3 miles per gallon lower than the 250 which has an EPA rating of 25/34/28. Following the performance the V-6 puts out, the fuel economy is not the worst is kinda best of both worlds.

2022 Lexus ES Fuel Economy
Model ES 250 ES 350 ES 300h
MPG (City) 25 22 43
MPG (Highway) 34 32 44
MPG (Combined) 28 26 44
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 15.9 15.9 13.2
Overall Range (Miles) 397.5/540.6/445.2 349.8/508.8/413.4 567.6/580.8/580.8

Safety Convenience.

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The Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 adds cyclist and pedestrian detection along with a few other features as standard like blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking. The outgoing ES has reputedly rated by the National Traffic Safety Administration with a full-on 5-star rating and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the same with “Top Safety Pick+” for the year 2021. These ensure that the new ES will be similar in terms of safety ratings. A full list of safety features available with the new 2022 ES are as follows:

  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Automated emergency braking.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection.
  • Blindspot monitoring.
  • Pre and post-collision safety system.

Is It The Ultimate Lexus ES?

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While it has evolved with time, the new 2022 ES is not perfect. First would be the powertrain and handling that cannot compete well with the Germans because Lexus is still stuck with naturally aspirated mills. The handling could have been better and has a lot of room for improvement. That said, the overall cabin improvements with added safety tech and a mild exterior styling make the new ES better than the model it replaces.

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As the top-selling sedan in the brand’s lineup, the Lexus ES family provides our guests with a best-of-all-worlds combination of evocative design, exhilarating performance and human-centered craftsmanship. The ES Family returns for 2022 with a revised multimedia system, new safety and performance enhancements, a fresh exterior design and new exterior and interior colors. The ES family is also expanding this year with the introduction of the first-ever ES 300h F SPORT that bridges exceptional fuel economy with sporty styling. With the added variety, the ES Family continues to offer Lexus guests choices to fit their diverse interests and lifestyles.

For 2022, the ES will have a starting MSRP of $40,800 for both ES 350 and ES 250 AWD. The ES 300h will start at $41,900, while the first-ever ES 300h F SPORT will be available at showroom floors nationwide with a starting MSRP of $45,450. The new 2022 ES is expected to arrive in dealerships in October of this year.

Human-Centered Craftsmanship

All Lexus interiors are designed to blend a driver-centric cockpit with spacious and comfortable areas for the passengers. This concept was introduced in the LC coupe, refined in the flagship LS sedan and was expanded to the seventh-generation ES. Lexus calls this concept “Seat in Control,” a simple idea that says, from the moment you get in, all the controls you need are within reach and all the information you want is in plain view. In true Lexus fashion, the 2022 ES embraces continuous improvement with human-centered updates to the Lexus Multimedia System and available Navigation System. The standard 8.0-inch and available 12.3-inch color multimedia displays have been moved forward 4.3-inches and now feature touch-screen functionality, in addition to the remote touch interface, for intuitive driver and front passenger interaction. Additional interior updates for 2022 include a streamlined instrument panel design that embraces seamless cabin integration.

Commitment to Safety

The 2022 ES continues the brand’s commitment to safety with the addition of Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 (LSS+ 2.5) as standard equipment on all trim levels. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.5 adds new capabilities over LSS+ 2.0 that help provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.

For starters, the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which includes Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. A new update to the PCS on LSS+ 2.5 includes Intersection Turning Assist. At intersections, the system has the capability under certain conditions to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate typical PCS functions if needed. Additional new PCS functions include Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), which is designed to enhance vehicle stability and help prevent lane departure as cued by the driver during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC also includes a new feature that allows for smooth overtaking of slower vehicles. If traveling behind a vehicle going slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal, the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes; and, after the driver changes lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the original preset driving speed. LSS 2.5+ adds Curve Speed Reduction, which can automatically reduce vehicle speed, if needed, through certain types of curves.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) is designed to help notify the driver if it senses an inadvertent lane departure at speeds above 32 miles per hour via steering wheel vibrations or audible alert. It can also take slight corrective measures to help keep the driver within the visibly marked lane. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is designed to provide slight steering force to help steer to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle. LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration. In the new ES, the lane recognition performance, which makes LTA possible, has been improved with enhanced recognition of line and road edge, lateral G performance and enhanced control and stability after lane change. With LSS+ 2.5, LTA receives improved course recognition and can track the paths of nearby vehicles in adjacent lanes for greater lane centering capability.

Additional carryover features include Intelligent High Beams, which detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high beam and low beam headlights to help provide greater visibility. Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to acquire certain road sign information using a camera and navigation maps when data is available and displays them on the multi-information display (MID).

Provocative Elegance, Refined

The 2022 ES receives various exterior design updates, including a new grille pattern on all trims, excluding ES F SPORT. The new mesh pattern emphasizes the vehicle’s elegant design with a series of concentric “L” shapes that radiate from the front Lexus emblem, all finished in a new Graphite paint. This new grille design offers a refreshed look, while still preserving ES’s provocative elegance. Tying the frontend design together are redesigned standard bi-LED headlamps.

The 2022 ES offers a wide array of wheel designs that add the finishing touch to the exterior design. The all-new standard 17-inch wheel features thicker spoke ends that are layered in twin v-spoke formations with Dark Metallic and machined finish to produce a sporty impression. A larger 18-inch wheel is available on Base with Premium Package and standard on Luxury trims. This updated wheel features a split-10-spoke design with two-tone Dark machined finish for a clean and sophisticated look. An additional 18-inch five-spoke alloy noise reduction wheel with high-gloss finish is available on Luxury and standard on Ultra Luxury trims. ES F SPORT models get exclusive 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with a new Gloss Black finish that accentuates the model’s sporty exterior.

Lexus Driving Signature

The 2021 IS launched an era of vehicles developed at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama with a uniform Lexus Driving Signature. Since Lexus launched, the tactile feel, behavior and execution for each model has been driven by the vision and efforts of the Chief Engineer (CE).

Lexus Driving Signature is a key pillar of Next Chapter and represents a fundamental shift in our product development process and culture. Moving forward, the efforts of the CE will be focused on elevating the vehicles to a new standard of performance and handling as developed by Lexus International President and Chief Branding Officer Koji Sato and Master Driver and Brand Holder Akio Toyoda. The ultimate goal is to deliver a new generation of Lexus vehicles that are designed with a shared brand identity that includes responsive and linear control; exceptional handling, grip and confidence; and refined ride quality and quietness. These elements will be realized through rigorous testing and evaluation at the Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

The 2022 ES builds on the strides made with Lexus Driving Signature on IS and IS 500 with additional performance updates, including a new rear suspension member brace to further enhance torsional rigidity, handling stability and ride comfort. The ES brake system has also received updates on both gas and hybrid models. The brake pedal shape has been enlarged on all ES models to improve foot stability and confidence when the pedal is depressed. On ES gas models, the vacuum brake system master cylinder and booster have been optimized to provide a more linear brake pedal feeling and response. The regenerative and hydraulic brake control characteristics of the Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB) on ES hybrid models have also been optimized to improve pedal feeling when the brake pedal is released.

F SPORT Options for Style and Handling

The seventh-generation ES built on the GA-K platform allowed for a more dynamic exterior design and the introduction of the first-ever ES F SPORT. Since its introduction, it has attracted a younger and more diverse buyer interested in race-inspired styling and F SPORT control honed on the track. For 2022, the ES F SPORT will offer luxury sedan enthusiasts more choice with a revised grade strategy that separates style and performance enhancements. The ES 250 AWD and ES 350 will continue to be offered in F SPORT trim, and 2022 adds a new ES 300h F SPORT grade. These models will focus on exterior and interior styling with features like exclusive F SPORT badging, mesh grille with dark surround, trunk lid spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels with new Black finish and steering wheel, front seats, pedals, shift lever and knob and gauges with removable display ring.

For buyers looking for additional performance, ES 350 F SPORT will offer an all-new Dynamic Handling Package (DHP) that includes Sport+ and Custom Drive modes, Intuitive Parking Assist and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS). The AVS system on ES 350 F SPORT with DHP is capable of 650 levels of adjustment to deliver optimal ride quality and precise control. Adjustments are based on information from sensors that measure both linear and vertical g loads, vehicle speed, steering angle, yaw rate and master cylinder pressure in addition to information from the engine control computer and skid control computer.

“Our goal was to deepen the high quality of the ES and to add new value. In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort, we pursued linearity in vehicle movement, in response to steering wheel operation, that is faithful to the driver’s intentions,” says Lexus International Chief Engineer Tetsuya Aoki.

Refreshed Color Palette

The ES offers a vibrant exterior color palette, with nine colors returning for 2022, including Eminent White Pearl*, Obsidian, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, Sunlit Green and Nightfall Mica, as well as F SPORT exclusive Ultra White* and Ultrasonic Blue 2.0**. Two new exterior colors, Iridium* and Cloudburst Gray*, replace Silver Lining, Atomic Silver and Nebula Gray.

The plentiful interior options for the ES family exude craftsmanship and vary by grade. Base ES models are available with NuLuxe®-trimmed options that include Black, Acorn and Palomino interiors paired with Black striated wood trim accents. The ES Luxury and Ultra Luxury grades will offer semi-aniline leather-trimmed options that include Black, Acorn and Rich Cream, paired with new Open-Pore Black trim. The Palomino interior will be paired with Open-Pore Matte Walnut trim. F SPORT models offer NuLuxe®-trimmed interior color options that include Black, Circuit Red and White, all of which are paired with Hadori Aluminum trim.

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