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2018 Lexus ES 350

Pros: Exceptional quietness; cushy, coddling cabin; smooth, tranquil ride quality; refined hybrid model; decent back seat space

Cons: Doesn’t manage as crisply as most automobiles in the class; some drivers dislike available Remote Touch system’s joystick control interface

CG Says: Lexus ES is unchanged for 2018. ES is a premium midsize car with a choice of a 268 -horsepower 3.5 -liter V6 engine in the ES 350 or a hybrid powerplant that blends a 2.5 -liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 200 hp in the ES 300 h. The V6 has a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid has a CVT. Both models have front-wheel drive. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assistance, and adaptive cruise control. Other available features include panoramic sunroof, heated/ ventilated front seats, power tilt/ telescopic steering wheel, and power rear sunshade. The ES has always been about a serene ride and coddling consolation more than sports-sedan agility. Though the ES’s driving dynamics are athletic enough for most consumers, fanatic drivers will be better served by the rear-drive Lexus GS, or most premium-midsize class challengers. Still, for purchasers who place a high value on consolation, fuel economy, and the Lexus ownership experience, an ES 350 or ES 300 h is an excellent choice.

The Facts

Class Premium Midsize auto

Body Style( s) 4-door sedan

Passenger Count 5 Drive Wheels front-wheel drive

Manufacturer Lexus Nation of Manufacture Japan Base Prices ES 350: $39,895 ES 300 h: $42,815

Base Engine 3.5-liter V6( ES 350)

Horsepower 268 Std. Transmission 6-speed automatic

Avail. Transmission NA EPA City Range( mpg) 21 EPA Hwy Range( mpg) 30

Optional Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/ electric( ES 300 h)

Horsepower 200 Std. Transmission CVT Avail. Transmission NA EPA City Range( mpg) 40 EPA Hwy Range( mpg) 39

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NHTSA Ratings

Overall – 5

100%

( 5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash – 4

80%

Side Crash – 5

100%

Rollover – 4

80%

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Road Tests and Additional Info

Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

First Spin: 2019 Lexus ES

Test Drive: 2018 Lexus ES 350

Test Drive: 2017 Lexus ES 350

Test Drive: 2015 Lexus ES 300 h

Test Drive: 2015 Lexus ES 350

Beijing Auto Show: 2019 Lexus ES

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CG Real-World Fuel Economy: Lexus ES 300 h

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