Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
The Lexus ES is an upscale relative of the Toyota Camry. It has sound handling but falls short of being engaging or fun. Uncharacteristic for Lexus, the ride is on the stiff side, and the optional 18-inch wheels make it worse. The powerful 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic got a good 25 mpg overall. But we find the hybrid more appealing, thanks to its combination of size and fuel economy, returning a class-leading 36 mpg overall and 44 on the highway in our tests. Inside, the quiet cabin looks good at first, but some cheap touches are apparent. The mouselike infotainment interface is distracting and convoluted. Reliability has been excellent. For 2017, automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning are standard.