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2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

An exciting car from the Japanese automaker’s stable that broke the shackles and excelled our expectations

Lexus’ new range of vehicles is on a new high altogether. The premium Japanese automaker is building cars that are fresh, exciting, and actually fun to drive. The latest present from its box of surprises is the 2019 Lexus ES350 F Sport. This car is breaking all the shackles for Lexus as a whole. The well-equipped sedan is engaging to drive, and the company’s move to work outside of its comfort zone has done wonders to this beauty. It feels nice to see some automakers still working on building magnificent machines in a segment that is dying a slow death.

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2018 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Custom

2018 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Custom

For the man who wants wine to go with his Lexus ES 350 F Sport

The 2018 SEMA Auto Show is hosting a number of sick aftermarket creations, including a Lexus ES 350 F Sport that features updated styling and an interior that can capture the hearts of sommeliers the world over. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is one of three custom-built Lexus models appearing at SEMA. It doesn’t have the sportiness of the LS F Sport Custom or the ruggedness of the UX 250h Custom, but the ES 350 F Sport Custom has something neither of its stablemates has: wine. Lots of it, too.

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2019 Lexus ES - Driven

2019 Lexus ES - Driven

A welcome break from the European status quo

The Lexus ES enters its seventh generation this year, offering a new design, fresh underpinnings, an updated engine lineup (including a hybrid), the latest infotainment goodies, and for the first time, a more engaging F Sport model variant. Framed as Lexus’ entry-level midsize luxury sedan, the ES is the most popular four-door in the brand’s stable, selling in 90 countries across the globe. However, does it have what it takes to compete with rivals from Europe? To find out, Lexus flew me out to Nashville, Tennessee, to give it a drive.

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2016 Lexus ES

2016 Lexus ES

The Lexus ES debuted in 1989 for the 1990 model year as the ES 250, which was little more than a badge-swapped Toyota Camry. Lexus quickly regrouped for the 1992 model year with the release of the ES 300, but it wasn’t until the 2002 model year that Lexus began separating the ES from the Camry it was based upon. The ES went through another change with the release of the ES 330 for the 2004 model year, and then Lexus released the ES 350 for the 2007 model year. For the 2013 model year, the ES 350 received a full overhaul, and now with its third birthday on the horizon, Lexus released a refreshed version of the luxury sedan.

The new Lexus ES, which arrived in time for the 2016 model year, debuted at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. As with most facelifts, visual updates are mild while the drivetrain was carried over from last year’s model. Will this revision help or hinder the best-selling sedan in the midsize luxury segment?

Updated 07/10/2015: Lexus offered details on the North American version of the new ES. As expected, the model will be offered in two version: ES 350 and ES300 h. Both models will be put on sale later in the fall.

Continue reading my review of the 2016 Lexus ES to find out.

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2015 Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition

2015 Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition

Just because the Lexus ES falls below the segment classifications of the LS, GS, and IS models, that doesn’t mean it can’t get the same amount of attention from the Crafted Line collection as the others received. On the contrary, the ES received more "love" than any other model in the Lexus lineup outside of the RX 350 F Sport.

Even with its standing in the lineup, the ES received the same level of customization and attention-to-detail as its big brothers. That begins with the Ultra White color of the sedan, and is accented by a contrasting Obsidian splashes on various sections of the body.

Like the rest of the Crafted Line collection, the Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition will be on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its launch in November 2014.

Don’t underestimate the selling power of the ES, especially when you’re looking at one of just 1,500 examples of the Crafted Line Edition. It’s still one of the cheapest models in the entire lineup line, so expect those who won’t be able to afford the GS 350 F Sport and the LS 460 F Sport to turn their attention to the ES 350 Crafted Line Edition.

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2014 Lexus ES 350 - Driven

2014 Lexus ES 350 - Driven

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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2014 Lexus ES 350

2014 Lexus ES 350

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.

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2013 - 2014 Lexus ES 300h

2013 - 2014 Lexus ES 300h

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.

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2013 Lexus ES

2013 Lexus ES

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.

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2007 - 2012 Lexus ES 350

2007 - 2012 Lexus ES 350

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.

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2011 Lexus ES 350

2011 Lexus ES 350

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 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).

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2010 Lexus ES350

2010 Lexus ES350

Lexus’ entry level model, ES350, enters the 2010 model year with a few exterior styling upgrades like a front bumper with redesigned lower air intakes and integrated fog lamps as well as a new grill and surround for the front end, while the sides are dressed up with new chrome moldings and for 2010, the ES will be available in a few new exterior colors.

Under the hood of the entry level luxury car, Lexus has placed a similar version of their class leading 3.5 Liter V6, which in this case delivers a maximum output of 272 HP at 6,200 rpm and a peak of 254 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. Due to the sedan’s front wheel drive layout, the transverse mounted V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission for more fuel efficient shifts.

The 2010 ES350 rides on a newly designed set of split five spoke 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the new color options include: Truffle Mica, Peridot Mica, Satin Cashmere Metallic and Cerulean Blue Metallic. On the inside, the Lexus ES350 is upgraded with new steering wheel controls, more trim options than before as well as new infotainment packages that include a new hard disc drive (HDD) navigation system.

UPDATE 10/26/2010: Check out our review of the Lexus ES350 by clicking here!

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2008 Lexus Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350

2008 Lexus Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350

Lexus unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show two limited editions: the Pebble Beach Collection RX and ES. The edition will be limited to only 6,000 vehicles each and will be available beginning in mid-February for the RX and mid-March for the ES models. Also a SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition model will be introduced this summer and a 600h L Pebble Beach Edition will debut this fall.

The RX 350 Pebble Beach Edition will be available in three colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black and Truffle Mica. Truffle Mica is available on the RX only with this special edition package. The RX will feature new and unique design 18-inch wheels and chrome grille, a color-keyed rear spoiler and a special interior trim combination. Customized floormats, featuring Pebble Beach Company’s signature The Lone Cypress(TM) logo, are included. On the exterior of the RX, Pebble Beach Edition badging will be on the front fenders. The price for the RX Pebble Beach Edition package is $3,880.

The sleek ES 350 Pebble Beach Edition is available in the exclusive Truffle Mica color, as well as Tungsten Pearl Silver and Obsidian Black. The 7-spoke 17-inch wheels come with an exclusive liquid graphite finish while the interior of the ES features semi-aniline leather and a wood and leather steering wheel. The ES Pebble Beach Edition also features The Lone Cypress(TM) logoed floormats and special Pebble Beach Edition badging on the front fenders.

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2007 Lexus ES350

2007 Lexus ES350

The all-new 2007 Lexus ES 350 made its public debut today at the Chicago Auto Show. The all-new, fully redesigned ES marks the fourth Lexus sedan to benefit from the L-finesse design language. Going on sale in late April, the fifth-generation ES improves upon every level
of comfort, safety, performance and craftsmanship in the elegant five-passenger sedan.

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2006 Lexus ES

2006 Lexus ES

The ES soars, thanks to a powerful 3.3-liter, four-cam, 24-valve V6 engine that churns out 218 magnificent horses [1]. The throttle body consists of an advanced drive-by-wire Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i), which connects the gas pedal directly to the engine’s computer, giving you a more immediate engine response and a more thrilling ride.

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2006 Lexus ES 330

2006 Lexus ES 330

As one of the most affordable cars in the Lexus lineup, the ES 330 is meant to attract people looking for something a little bit more special than the usual Accord or Camry. It offers a luxurious cabin, a soothing ride and many features not found on more plebian cars.

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