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

"Vibration in the steering wheel and positive gear shifting have proved difficult to repair."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Quality/Ride/Reliability/Low Maintenance"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Lexus ES)

"Great acceleration. Never have to worry about entering the freeway at speed."

LEE ANNE B., CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Acceleration is somewhat sluggish and shifting seems hesitate at times."

CHARLES H., TX (2005 Lexus ES)

"I have had a problem with hesitation & then lunging on acceleration since the very beginning. They keep telling me there's nothing wrong with it. This happens occasionally, but is very much noticed when it happens."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Lexus ES)

"Good acceleration & handling for it's age and design."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Lexus ES)

"From day one this car hesitates when accelerated. Dealer said problem widespread and no way to fix it. Very dangerous."

Anonymous, LA (2005 Lexus ES)


Anonymous, GA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Good accel. for a medium sedan. Handling response so-so. Responsiveness of transmission is terrible at lower speeds (say, 0-20 mph) - delayed and abrupt shifts."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Lexus ES)

"slightly underpowered while going from 0 up 60. Seems fine from 60 on up to 80. Easy to drive and has good driver feedback. Very good handling. Poor on snow until I changed to a better grade of tires. Not bad now."

Anonymous, IL (2005 Lexus ES)

"1. In Driving gear, acceleration is somewhat slow in reacting but I have learned to compensate by using gear three (3). 2. The turn signals are very soft--even to my grandchildren whose hearing (s) are much keener than mine. That softness really annoys me. I like the car very much and bought a second Lexus because I was " T-Boned" and I hurt for about half an hour ant that was all my soreness."

SYLVIA T., TX (2005 Lexus ES)

"Transmission skips/jerks when accelerating. I do not trust this vehicle acceleration to get me out of harms way should one occur."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Lexus ES)

"Both good and better than most newer cars"

CAROL B., IN (2005 Lexus ES)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Car is exceptionally quiet on long trips compared to other cars I've had or had experience with"

GEORGE H., PA (2005 Lexus ES)

"A friend says that this car is like riding on a sofa. Apt description."

RENE S., CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"The Lexus is very comfortable for long rides. It is also very quiet which is plus as my husband has poor hearing and road noise makes it worse."

PANOLA F., WA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Climate control, ride, quiet cabin,interior material, seats, 6 disc sound system are excellent. Access to spark plugs, low back seat are bad."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Lexus ES)

"The seats have never been comfortable for me and are probably (next to the erratic transmission shift patterns) the major complaint about this vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Lexus ES)

"Seats are very comfortable even on long trips Outside traffic noise is low Instruments on dash are well organized"

OLEH K., ON (2005 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable ride. I use it for a 25-mile commute and it makes the drive enjoyable."

KEN E., SC (2005 Lexus ES)


MATTHEW G., QC (2005 Lexus ES)


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

What Owners Say

"Great car but over priced, especially when compared to the Subaru."

SUNG A., WA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Best car I have ever had in terms of no mechanical or electrical problems. Just needs routine service and it just runs and runs."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"very good"

ALLAN S., CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"It has a great ride. My only complaint is the cost of parts."

Anonymous, UT (2005 Lexus ES)

"We have had this car 11 years. the door seal on the rear doors, and the alternator have had to be replaced and the CD/cassette player has had to be replaced twice."

RITCHIE A., CA (2005 Lexus ES)

"Mileage is poor"

RENE S., CA (2005 Lexus ES)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Still a classic style"

CAROL B., IN (2005 Lexus ES)

"Good looking car: I had my eye on the car for 5 years before buying."

KEN E., SC (2005 Lexus ES)

"Although it isn't very new, it is still a beautiful car, a really nice gold color, classic lines."

LINDA S., HI (2005 Lexus ES)

"Gps system extremely hard to use"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Lexus ES)

"Looks and confront !"

DARRELL S., GA (2005 Lexus ES)

"My car is over 11-1/2 years old and just 9 months ago I changed out the original brakes. It wasn't actually necessary but I had the money and so I did it. This car hasn't cost anything except basic maintenance.. Every tme I look at my car with its oasis green pearl paint job and sleek styling, I realize it's still modern looking and really a good looking car. Why go into debt for led lights on new models when I haven't had a car payment in 10 years."

CHRISTINE M., OR (2005 Lexus ES)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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