With its comfortable ride, quiet interior and lavish amenities, the Lexus ES provides big luxury car feel and refinement in a manageably sized package. The ES is also quick and yet sparing with fuel. Valuing ride quality over handling, agility is not a strong suit. Consequently, the ES idoes not try to be fun to drive. However, it is one of the best riding cars in its class.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2002. Rear side air bags available from 2007. ESC available, standard from 2007.
Road Test

With its comfortable ride, quiet interior and lavish amenities, the Lexus ES provides big luxury car feel and refinement in a manageably sized package. The ES is also quick and yet sparing with fuel. Valuing ride quality over handling, agility is not a strong suit. Consequently, the ES idoes not try to be fun to drive. However, it is one of the best riding cars in its class. Further, rear-seat side airbags are standard equipment. Its few negatives include limited rear seat head room and partially obscured rear visibility.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (272 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Lexus ES owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim detached at one end, not allowing the back door to open"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Chrome finish around interior door controls has pealed off"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The silver ("chrome") trim on the interior door handles and door armrest is peeling off the plastic. There is no way to repair it without fully replacing the entire panel - which because of the woodgrain, costs approximately $800 through Lexus. Thu"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Interior silver paint/foil application around window/door lock functions on front doors chipping and flaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling on plastic bumpers"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Both Inside Front Door Armrests plating is tanishing / peeling. Brought to attention of dealer and brought in with no resolution although promised"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust leaked from behind the license plate back plate. Apparently a screw holding the back plate rusted causing the rust stain on the exterior of the trunk lid. Dealer refused to cover this minor repair without a 50% deductible paid by my wife. Vehic"

B F., ME (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on the lip of the trunk lid"

James M., OH (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

"Rack and pinion steering had to be completely replaced"

Cheryl M., TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"steering pump was leaking fluid and pump had to be replaced / cost = $2800.00 at dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"suspension bracket failure"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"steering pump had to be replaced due to leaking fluid"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rack and pinion oil leak"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking rack had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"A loud clicking noise began. The dealership at first couldn't find the problem. After three more days of effort, they traced it to bad bearings in the left rear wheel. They have corrected the problem"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Struts worn causing bottoming on inclines"

Paul T., CA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Sound loss"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"In-dash navigation system sound became disabled and needed module replaced"

Sheldon F., CA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"intermittent failure of back-up camera to work. Had the software reinstalled and it worked fine for awhile, then began failing intermittently"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"CD player, used minimally since purchased but used. Stopped functioning 100% with CDs in player. Stopped functioning upon start up - was not loading or ejecting CDs. $Over $1k to replace / repair"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"A CD got jammed and the player had to be removed and the disc changer replaced for about $400"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The screen and entertainment system in the dash periodically "short" out, making a popping noise. The screen goes blank and audio ceases for a few seconds"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Pads were worn & needed to be replaced at ~70K miles, which seemed to be somewhat early given brake-wear I'm told is currently being seen under normal driving conditions"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger side brakes have been replaced twice in 85,000 miles. That's to fast considering the others have lasted till 65000 on the first set. Dealer is of little to know help with this matter"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front brakes developed marked vibration causing the steering wheel to vibrate. Lexus authorized a special dispensation and resurfaced the rotors and replaced the front brake disc pads free of all charges. Problem solved"

Russell H., NY (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors easily warp. 1st car in 30 years to have this problem. We don't live in the mountains. All it takes is one hard stop"

Carl S., NC (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Sever vibration during breaking at higher speeds resulted in rotors and pads having to be replaced on front of vehicle"

Frank B., VA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"I have had to have the dealer turn the rotors twice since owning the car due to pulsing of the brakes. This first time at about 50,000 miles the dealer paid for it, the second at about 85,000 I paid. The pads however showed very little wear both ti"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Both headlight lenses developed moisture inside the unit. I was denied warranty coverage. After some back and forth communication the warranty coverage was honored. Both headlight units were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent suspension noise right rear side. Cant seem to find the cause"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"dashboard rattles"

Donna O., CA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Door seals are subpar"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Leaking sun roof trim"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Total a/c system failure in 4 yr old car. Cost to repair about $3000. Dealer/owner provided little or no concern and did not even respond to longtime customer's letter of complaint"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Interior temperature is colder than shown on dash interior temperature reading. Dealer adjusted system"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Car interior feels cold even if dash interior temp. reads 70 degrees. Dealer adjusted system"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear middle brake light mounted in the rear view mirror began to fail. it was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Three of the four door locks do not work at all with the keyless entry. They also no longer function with the lock/unlock bottom on the driver's door. The only way to lock or unlock the door is with the manual lock"

Cheryl M., TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Tire pressure sensor failed"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery had to be replaced for 3rd time in 6 years"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Starter

"Had yo replace the starter"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"keyless ignition switch had to be replaced -- wouldn't start --"

David R., AZ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"RH Front drive axle needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Lexus ES)

"leaking but not from CV joint"

Norman D., AZ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"RH drive axle was loose and worn..may have been damaged by a pothole"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Lexus ES)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Mass air flow sensor. Tried cleaners then resorted to new sensor via amazon for $22 works fine plus a noticeable increase in fuel milage"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Check engine light On. Both O2 sensors replaced before finding defective sensor. Work done by Lexus dealer"

Ronald B., NC (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

"Warning icons are on. Dealer states to wait until oil change to bring it in for diagnostic. Oil change is due in less than a month"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Same as p0rior remark. Car hit a BERM and shocked the piping and muffler loose and they had to be replaced. NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY due to impact damage"

Andrew F., NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"Hit a BERM and it shocked the piles and muffler loose and it had to be replaced"

Andrew F., NJ (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Leaks in the Engine from several sources. Fortunately the warranty purchased paid for it in full"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Lexus ES 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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