For years, the Lexus ES excelled at being comfortable and luxurious, pampering rather than sporty. But for this version of the car, Lexus modified that formula by trying to create a more engaging driving experience. The overall result is a less satisfying upscale sedan. The ES still provides a comfy, quiet interior and gets good fuel economy.
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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

"Fun to drive."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus ES)

"It accelerates and handles very well for me."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES)

"After driving using a CVT I never want to go back to a conventional transmission. Smooth and comfortable and efficient."

DAVID H., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Plenty of power due to the programming of the transmission"

BLAIR W., TX (2013 Lexus ES)

"Quick response and handling.."

JOANNE W., TN (2013 Lexus ES)

"I love the option to switch from eco to regular to sport."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Great car to drive. Acceleration, handling, braking are all solid."

L J., MO (2013 Lexus ES)

"comfort and handling along with good looks"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus ES)

"Very responsive handling and acceleration for highway driving, especially in heavy traffic situations when needing to change lanes quickly."

DIANE M., MA (2013 Lexus ES)

"The turning radius is too big"

Anonymous, HI (2013 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable driving car. Especially on long trips. Very quiet. Parking assist and blind side monitoring system are very great. Decent mileage."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Lexus ES)

"You downgrade the ES for soft or uninspired handling, but my wife loves hers exactly for that reason. You buy one of these because you want a land yacht, not a sportscar. It's super comfortable, and gets great mileage too."

BRUCE R., NY (2013 Lexus ES)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Quiet, seats are comfortable, all interior climate control is excellent. Very comfortable on long trips."

J M., NC (2013 Lexus ES)

"efficient and simple but blind spot vision inadequate for adults"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus ES)

"The hybrid experience is unique when driving on the electric mode. It is noiseless, stealth mode. The tam siting from electric to electric/engine is seamless which I find amazing. The car is nimble in traffic and a pleasure to drive."

DENNIS H., KS (2013 Lexus ES)

"The seats bottom cushion is too hard. We had a LS and was much more comfortable. I had a custom seat upholsterer remake the seat cushions"

ROGER M., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Perforated seats are comfy"

DAVID B., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Seat depth is a little short. I'm 5'11 so not unusually tall."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable ride and easy to adjust controls for long and short drives. Wish the outside noise factor was better."

DIANE M., MA (2013 Lexus ES)

"the seats are comfortable on long rides as well as shot ones. I don't find the engine noisy ad overall, I'm happy with my car."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES)

"2012 lexus rides much better .Because they changed the frame on the 2013 you feel every bump"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Poor quality in paint. See all the scratches. Needs a coating over the paint to protect the finish"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus ES)

"Heated and cool seats"

PAUL H., NJ (2013 Lexus ES)

"Front seats are too hard, too short, and are poorly contoured. Bother my hips a lot. Most car seats are harder than they should be, these are worse than some."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Great road car for long trips. Quiet, comfortable, plenty of power for merging with traffic."

BLAIR W., TX (2013 Lexus ES)

"Our Lexus has a problem with a mildew smell coming from the heat/air conditioning vents. I'm surprised that Lexus has not found a solution for this problem."

DAVID K., IN (2013 Lexus ES)


FRANK P., PA (2013 Lexus ES)


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

What Owners Say

"I got it when it was two years old with 11000 miles for 30K. I think it was a good value."

ROBERT S., NH (2013 Lexus ES)

"Got a great price for what we bought. Lexus has been consistently reliable for us. Cars last for years."

ELLEN G., GA (2013 Lexus ES)

"I replaced my 2001 LS 430 Sports edition with this car because of cost.I regretted it the moment I drove away. My old car still performed better, was quieter.This car has a rough shaking at times before it levels out. As for handling, it's ok. Could be better."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus ES)

"Great gas mileage"

DAVID B., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"in almost four years of ownership I have not needed any repairs. My trip to the dealer was only for routine maintenance"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"features like defrosters,etc are not convenient"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Lexus ES)

"my drivers side locking (door) broke three times. traded in for a 2017 camry hybrid"

STEPHEN D., FL (2013 Lexus ES)

"paid dealer invoice."

THOMAS D., GA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Excellent performance and trouble free"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus ES)

"Bought it off lease great deal on car I would have never afforded"

ROBERT G., NJ (2013 Lexus ES)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Compared to other vehicles similar to the ES, e.g. Honda, Nissan, Infinity, BMW, etc. the look both inside and outside is far more pleasing. Several people have complimented me on the car."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Lexus ES)

"Interior uses too much plastic for a car advertised as being a luxury vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus ES)

"The quality of the interior trim really my up to Lexus standards. Too much plastic vs. leather and soft trim on door panels and back of front seats"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus ES)

"beautiful color red, comfortable, quiet"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus ES)

"great appearance"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus ES)

"I love the look of it, also get many compliments on it."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Very appealing look"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Lexus ES)

"I dislike the analog clock."

JAMES B., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Unfortunately I got the tan interior. It is very difficult to clean. In hindsight, I would get a black interior. Also, I had a 2006 ES prior--I prefer the sleeker lines of that to the newer ES's but performance-wise, the 2013 is so much better."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"The interior is elegant but the lack of leather trim on the inside of the doors looks cheap. The Exterior is beautiful and very luxurious."

DAVID H., CA (2013 Lexus ES)

"Uncomfortable door arm rest"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus ES)

"2014/15/16 exterior looks terible"

H P., CA (2013 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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