The ES330 provides one of the most quiet and comfortable driving experiences in the class. We like its smooth powertrain, impressive fit and finish, and fairly roomy interior. The then-new 3.3-liter V6 engine slightly improved acceleration and fuel economy over its predecessor. The ES scored very well in both government and insurance-industry crash tests.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"excellent"

David P., IA (2004 Lexus ES)

"FITS ME WELL; EASY TO TURN WHEEL ETC."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Very stable and responsive. Excellent handling and overall response under all road conditions. Acceleration is very good."

Harold G., FL (2004 Lexus ES)

"Vehicle accelerates nicely, but shifting from 2nd to 3rd is rough/abrupt if the accelerator is let up slightly during shift."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Lexus ES)

"Handling is VERY smooth and responsive. Acceleration is not always responsive -- delayed or slow particularly for merge or passing situations"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Handling, smoothness, sound"

David G., OR (2004 Lexus ES)

"It is now showing age with less smooth acceleration but I know it is headed for repairs of major parts."

Hilary L., MD (2004 Lexus ES)

"Acceleration and handling is very good for a car of its size"

Jaime N., CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"It handles very efficiently."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Lexus ES)

"all good, great acceleration, easy 1 finger steering."

Elizabeth G., PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Very reliable, Transmission is quirky."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Only disadvantage was premium gas required, but acceleration is still excellent 15 years later"

Pat M., IL (2004 Lexus ES)

"it drives better than my 2012 accord. quick and nimble, accelerates very nicely. heated seats are great and they turn off when I select them off. can't wait to buy a newer one!"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Lexus ES)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"It gives a comfortable ride."

Anonymous, ID (2004 Lexus ES)

"The overall comfort of the Lexus is outstanding. The comfort of the seats, interior and the ride quality make long road trips easy to accomplish."

S L., CO (2004 Lexus ES)

"This vehicle is very quiet, and has a comfortable ride quality."

Tony W., CO (2004 Lexus ES)

"This car (STILL) rides like a magic carpet--we are amazed after all these years and miles how smooth, quiet, and secure the ride maintains."

Roger E., AZ (2004 Lexus ES)

"excellent"

David P., IA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Great on the street and at the track"

Luis P., FL (2004 Lexus ES)

"Very quiet and extremely comfortable. Very good heat/ ac."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Lexus ES)

"As a 14 year old car the ride remains excellent. Quiet & comfortable with great handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus ES)

"VERY HAPPY WITH SEATS; NO HIGH NOISELEVEL; RIDE GREAT WHEN TIRES INFLATED WELL."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"First time we experienced heated seats."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Vehicle is used to drive back and forth from New England to southwest Florida. Always comfortable with plenty of room"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Lexus ES)

"Comfortable seats and ride highway driving. Dependable with little maintenance."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable car. Good for long drives"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Large comfortable leather seats, quiet interior, smooth ride"

Jaime N., CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Like sitting in a nice easy chair, minimal noise, comfy ride."

Elizabeth G., PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Quiet, comfortable, durable, good back support, nice leather texture"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus ES)

"the seats are too large for me and notwithstanding the many controls, I can't seem to find an optimum setting."

Anonymous, ON (2004 Lexus ES)

"It's a fairly noisy and bumpy ride"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus ES)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I have had this car for 15 years this coming September and will have it until I stop driving or I win Lotto (then I'll get another ES). I spent a few weeks without my car recently and when I received it back, ah; I didn't realize how much I missed the smoothness of the drive, the cornering of MY car."

Patricia G., CA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Given this is a 2004, and the car still drives fairly well, I have definitely gotten my money's worth, plus the resale value at this age."

Hilary L., MD (2004 Lexus ES)

"Overall, best value I have ever had in years of owning many cars:Fords, GMs, Dodge, German expensive cars, Japanese assortment....Of them all the Lexus comes in number one for me. Still driving it into my 14th year and it still runs like new."

Harold G., FL (2004 Lexus ES)

"Quality car built to last. Better Value than other high end cars."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Worry free vehicle, easy to maintain, great drive experience"

David G., OR (2004 Lexus ES)

"This vehicle 14 years old and just keeps going. It has a few signs of wear and tear, but it's a great second car for in town transportation."

Dennis M., LA (2004 Lexus ES)

"At $32,000 off the lot (with considerable options) this car far exceeds the value mark for return on investment. Up until the 12 year point all we ever did was standard maintenance, tires, and batteries without a major expense. Since then we have had to replace the headlamps, engine mounts, front axel boot, and lower control arms all at a cost under $4000. Amortized over 14 years that is spectacular ROI; very low cost to maintain. We would not hesitate to get in this car and take a cross country trip today!"

Roger E., AZ (2004 Lexus ES)

"The value is somewhat obvious since I have owned this vehicle for 14 years with minimal quality issues and expenses."

S L., CO (2004 Lexus ES)

"Value over time is excellent."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Lexus ES)

"13 YEARS EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AND STILL RUNS LIKE NEW."

Harold G., FL (2004 Lexus ES)

"A first class ride to this day. Have not had any major problems and it still provides a very nice and comfortable ride."

Pat M., IL (2004 Lexus ES)

"The Lexus is extremely quiet, comfortable and has given us no problems. Repairs are usually scheduled maintenance. I guess that is why we don't want to get rid of it."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Lexus ES)

"Only one isue that required major repair other than standard maintenance. As the original and only driver I do not use many miles so relatively light use. Still holds road well and keeps me safe."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Lexus ES)

"I've owned this car since May 2004. It has about 196,000 miles on it. I've had to do very few repairs. It's been unusually reliable."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus ES)
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