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Lexus ES

2018
Lexus ES 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 350 sedan FWD Automatic
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The Lexus ES 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. Automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning are standard.
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2013-2017
2013 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 ES 350
In an effort to inject more emotion into its mainstream mid-size luxury sedan, Lexus muted the qualities that made previous versions of the ES perennial winners. The 2013 ES still provides a comfy, quiet interior and gets good fuel economy. But the cosseting, easygoing nature has been dialed back with a less plush ride, cuts in interior refinement and more complicated controls. Further, despite the attempt to infuse more sportiness into the ES, it's not agile, nor is it fun to drive. However, the rear seat picked up more room, a hybrid powertrain was added and the navigation system got 3D maps. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with front braking, lane-departure warning and audible front and rear park assist. We recommend going with the hybrid ES 300h with the Premium and Luxury packages, plus the optional blind-spot monitor.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $30,275 - $32,625 $25,960 - $28,160
2015 $24,650 - $25,975 $20,660 - $21,910
2014 $21,250 - $22,550 $17,450 - $18,650
2013 $18,750 - $19,650 $15,070 - $15,920
2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2012
The Camry-based Lexus ES 350 provides big car luxury feel in a trimmer package. It rides very well and has an extremely hushed cabin. The 2007 redesign brought a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic, continuing the Lexus tradition of seamless powertrains. Acceleration is quick and we measured a good 23 mpg overall on premium fuel. Lackluster handling means the ES is not even remotely fun to drive, thanks to overly light steering that's devoid of feedback to the driver. Inside you'll find big, plush front seats and simple controls. Headroom is tight in the back seat, though. The high rear deck makes the backup camera included with the navigation system a desirable feature. Stability control was standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $15,500 - $15,500 $11,940 - $11,940
2011 $13,100 - $13,100 $9,715 - $9,715
2010 $11,925 - $11,925 $8,630 - $8,630
2009 $10,925 - $10,925 $7,690 - $7,690
2008 $9,850 - $9,850 $6,655 - $6,655
2007 $8,800 - $8,800 $5,710 - $5,710
2002-2006
2002 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2006
Solidly embodying the traditional Lexus values, the ES300 is an easygoing and comfortable cruiser. With a nicely-furnished, accommodating cabin, it offers a well-rounded package with very few flaws. The V6 provides powerful acceleration, the transmission shifts flawlessly, and the ride is isolated and composed. While handling is far from sporty, it is ultimately secure and the cabin is exceptionally quiet. The front seats are supportive, but the rear is crowded for three, though two will be quite comfortable. Fit and finish are well executed and luxuries abound. Acceleration is brisk and handling is predictable. A more powerful 3.3-liter V6 for 2004 improved acceleration and fuel economy only slightly over the previous model.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $7,575 - $7,575 $4,590 - $4,590
2005 $6,700 - $6,700 $3,785 - $3,785
2004 $6,225 - $6,225 $3,325 - $3,325
2003 $5,625 - $5,625 $2,775 - $2,775
2002 $5,425 - $5,425 $2,825 - $2,825
1997-2001
Lexus ES 2001
The ES shares major components with the V6 Toyota Camry. It did just about everything well in our tests. The V6 provides powerful acceleration, the transmission shifts flawlessly, and the ride is isolated and composed. The cabin is exceptionally quiet. The front seats are amply supportive, and the rear is fine for two adults, with three being crowded. Acceleration is brisk and handling is predictable.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A