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

"Excellent and surprisingly good acceleration from the hybrid engine"

RICK K., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very good acceleration and breaking. You wouldn't know it's a hybrid by its power."

EUGENE G., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Great"

DALE E., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"best car engine I have owned, quiet, more than adequate power good mileage around town and on the road."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very smooth and quite."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"smooth, quiet because it's a hybrid, but good pick up."

Lynn G., OH (2015 Lexus ES)

"Surprisingly good acceleration from the hybrid motor system."

Mark K., KS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Good acceleration and very comfortable driving experience."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Lexus ES)

"Has plenty of zip. Not as nimble as the Honda, but very secure in turns."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"very responsive"

Michael G., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"nice handling,good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Driving a Lexus is a dream, it response very well to acceleration and handling specially on curves and up / down hills. A very powerful car."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"It has quick acceleration and holds the road well."

Richard N., MO (2015 Lexus ES)

"Smooth and quick acceleration and handling"

John F., VA (2015 Lexus ES)

"With the selections of driving mode it like getting two cars...really! I love the hybrid drive. Smooth, good power and the milage is awesome."

Mark D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Although it has decent pick up when in 'sport mode' this is not a sporty or fun to drive car. The car drives and responds well for highway driving, however steering is a bit loose for roads with lots of curves."

Donald B., MD (2015 Lexus ES)

"Smooth"

Anne W., ON (2015 Lexus ES)

"Responsive,,acceleration and handling in emergency or difficult road conditions"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Great and easy acceleration and smooth drive at all times."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Good acceleration and handles well, but you don’t get the road feedback one would expect from a sporty model."

Neva L., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Even though this is a hybrid vehicle, the acceleration is excellent and the handling, while not Formula 1 quality, is more than adequate."

George W., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Acceleration very good, but you need to be mindful that this is a large car, so cornering clearance requires more room than smaller vehicles with shorter wheelbases."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"The continuously variable transmission provides a very smooth acceleration. The hybrid drive has plenty of power."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Lexus ES)

"The engine is powerful enough to easily move a fully loaded vehicle. At airport pickups I have carried 3 adults, 3 children and the entire large trunk filled to capacity. Acceleration under this load seems effortless while still using regular unleaded gasoline."

Rich S., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Outstanding acceleration when needed."

Anne F., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"This car handles like a dream. And acceleration! The second week I owned it, I was cruising up 95 North in Rhode Island. Not paying attention to my speed, because it is simply the smoothest, effortless ride, I was forced to pay attention to the flashing lights of the police cruiser that pulled me over! Oops!"

Lauri D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Drives and handles great"

Steve G., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"While is has good acceleration and braking, the steering and handling could be better. The electronic power steering takes away from the feel of the road."

John F., NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Looks very classy"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"It has the responsiveness of a sports car but can get up and go when necessary to get on a freeway"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Lexus ES)

"good acceleration and general handling. Not totally happy with the front wheel drive"

Robert R., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"I never thought acceleration and handling would be this responsive in a hybrid!"

Mark K., KS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very responsive motor, steering and transmission with just the right anti-role ride. Very smooth power and adequate acceleration, but could use 30 more HP. Perfect cruse control. Gas mileage on highway is 30 MPG. never get tired on long drives. Can drive 900 miles a day in this car."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Performance exceeded expectations which were based on pre purchase research"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Safety features are exceptional! Hybrid technology is smooth, GUI et and effective. Driving is a great experience!"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable and quiet except seems excessive road noise from tires rolling on pavement in some circumstances such as rough neighborhood blacktop streets or rough concrete paved highways."

MEMPHIS H., KS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Dash board is higher due to navigation system & drivers seat does not adjust high enough to make up for it."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very quiet; low road noise Great climate control"

RICHARD S., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Road noise is high. The ride is less comfy than the LS. The stereo system is not good at all."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Lexus ES)

"Noisy compared with o my old ES. Seat cooling hardly detectable."

RICK B., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Road noise seems to be a bit excessive at times when the roads are fairly rough."

LOIS D., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"best car I ever owned"

VINCENT C., OH (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable and quiet ride. A pleasure to drive."

EUGENE G., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"comfort in the ride is not what I expected. I had an Avalon that was a much smoother ride"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Ride"

LAURI D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Style, comfort"

DALE E., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"The first thing I noticed is how quiet the ride is. I have had to check to see if the engine running on several occasions. The ride is extremely comfortable. There are so any options to the seating it works well for both me and my wife's bad backs. ."

Johnny I., MO (2015 Lexus ES)

"We used to drive the LS 400 series. This smaller version rides just as nice as the 400."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seats are very comfortable and one of the nicest rides in a car that we have had"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Made of very thin metal, Road North excessive try ianother vehicle brand!!"

Marty K., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Super quiet ride, very smooth on the road. Seats comfortable, hearing and cooling in seats excellent."

Christopher M., IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Obviously a somewhat firmer and noisier ride than my Lexus LS, but certainly a very satisfying level of comfort for this price range vehicle."

Larry W., GA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Just a nice comfortable and quiet ride. It has a firm ride without being harsh. Quietest Lexus we have ever owned."

Anonymous, ID (2015 Lexus ES)

"Road noise is low. Bumps, both large and small, are nicely smoothed out. Seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Best comfort for the money"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"smooth ride, power to spare,nice acceleration ,comfortable seating"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"great ride, roomy seats, premium materials to feel. Rear leg room ok. VERY quiet because it's a hybrid."

Lynn G., OH (2015 Lexus ES)

"Comfort. Great ride"

Edward S., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seats are very comfortable. Different ositions are easily modified. Very low noise level from road Ride is smooth"

Tor A., VA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Happy with Both Cars."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Smooth ride for a midsize sedan. I like the choice of 3 driving modes. It is quietl"

Neva L., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Adjustable"

Charles W., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"The seats are very comfortable and the heat/cool effect works very good."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Excellent"

David V., KY (2015 Lexus ES)

"very quiet& comfy ride"

Steve P., KY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Each seat can be programmed for up to 3 different drivers. So when I valet park my car, it is stress free to return it to my comfort level."

Lauri D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Extremely quiet car. Seats are excellent. We like the collision avoidance features."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Most comfortable, quiet and smooth riding car I’ve ever had. I believe I’ll only drive Lexus products from now on."

Anne F., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable power adjustable seats for driver and front passenger. Very quiet and comfortable ride."

Rich S., NJ (2015 Lexus ES)

"Comfortable seats with sufficient thigh support, low noise level due to hybrid power train, smooth ride"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Lexus ES)

"Wind or tire noise is louder than I expected."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"One of the more comfortable cars I have driven. Quiet, good performance and a feeling of safety."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"The car rides and drives wonderfully but it is not as quiet as some of my other cars."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seats are very comfortable even on longer trips. Very quiet smooth ride."

Phil F., NS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Quiet and comfortable seats."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Lots of room, extremely quiet in the cabin, all seats are comfortable, ride is smooth and luxurious."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Ride is too harsh. Seats are comfortable and adjustable. Noise level is only OK."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"It is what a luxury car should be."

Terry K., OH (2015 Lexus ES)

"great fuel milege and very good excellaration."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Lexus ES)

"It has a spacious interior, with well padded seats. Very quite and comfortable."

John F., NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seats are ventilated leather but can become rather firm and uncomfortable on rides over 100 miles. car is very very quiet on new pavement but road noise invades cabin on older road surfaces. Engine is very quiet. On all rides under 40 mph ride is very quiet. Ride can be firm and bumps can be jarring."

John D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Great ride, quiet. Seats are very comfortable"

Anne W., ON (2015 Lexus ES)

"Noise level is good. Ride is good. Seat comfort is fine for rides shorter than two hours but we do a lot of 8 hour drives. We have found it necessary to purchase padded seat cushions ($50 each) to keep from having sore tailbones at the end of the day."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Visor does not provide adequate protection when driving into a setting sun."

D G., MI (2015 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable ride up front and in the back."

Anonymous, NM (2015 Lexus ES)

"All"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"The seats are very comfortable, This is the first car where the head rest is part of the comfort instead of just a block to stop ones neck from whiplash. Additionally, I love the seat heat/cooling option. The ride is comfortable on a mostly smooth road, however the suspension rides harshly over road bumps and recessed manhole covers."

Donald B., MD (2015 Lexus ES)

"It is a very quiet car that rides smoothly and with comfort."

Richard N., MO (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seats in front have electronic adjustments which is very convenient. Noise and ride are excellent. At 70 mph there is very little noise in the cabin."

Jerry D., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Ride is too harsh. Seats are adjustable and comfortable. Noise level is OK."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"very confortable seats, easily adjustable on 2 front seats. Noise and ride good but lesser than my previous Lexus ES 2005."

Anonymous, QC (2015 Lexus ES)

"Limited adjustments"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Leather on seats is cracking and color is rubbing off."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"It's a Lexus; smooth ride , good acceleration, quiet comfort, and decent economy."

Robert L., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"excellent in all areas. very, very quiet. seats are very comfortable. the ride is excellent."

Anonymous, MS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Most comfortable ride I have ever experienced!"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Lexus ES)

"I find them of excellent quality."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"More road noise than I would expect from a luxury vehicle. Seating is very comfortable."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Lexus ES)

"comfort level, reliability style"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"This is the most comfortable and quiet vehicle we have ever owned. The seats have both heating and cooling features and the seats can be set for the most comfortable position."

George W., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Excessive road noise"

L B., CA (2015 Lexus ES)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"By far, the best entry level luxury vehicle for the money! Looks great, drives great and less expensive to maintain!"

MICHAEL B., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"We purchased this car used with only 3700 miles on it and got a great price. Paid less than our Prius"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"great car for the money, good dealer body"

LINDA Q., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Scheduled maintenance, after the two complimentary ones cost a whopping $480 at the dealership, total ripoff"

RANDY M., AZ (2015 Lexus ES)

"You get what you paid for. This vehicle is outstanding in every aspect."

RUBEN R., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"love it"

ROGER S., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"very good value"

VINCENT C., OH (2015 Lexus ES)

"Great gas milage and surprising performance from a hybrid."

Mark K., KS (2015 Lexus ES)

"I feel for what i pay per month for the lease payment I am receiving a good value"

Michael G., FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Styling and amenities are wonderful, when I learn how to access controls."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"We have had absolutely NO problems with this car in the almost 3 years we have owned it. The normal service is performed at the dealership with a loaner provided and it couldn't be easier or painless. We are very happy with our Lexus and encourage as many people as possible to look into the Lexus products."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Lexus ES)

"A wonderful, high-end car with the features I want with no mechanical or other problems for a price tens of thousands less than certain other luxury vehicles. I do not own a Hybrid (only the ES350), yet the previous questions kept noting that car."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Not a hybrid"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Buying a Lexus is value when it comes to total cost ownership because these cars normally have no issues for about 200K miles and the maintenance cost is reasonable. You can keep and drive these type of cars easily for 10 to 15 years without any major issues."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"Hsappy with Value"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Lexus ES)

"It is a well-built, easy-handling, stylish car that is well worh the price."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Lexus ES)

"Judging by the CR statistics we expect to pay very little for maintenance and so far have had no problems. I feel the car is very well made."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Reliable, excellent dealer service, low fuel consumption."

Ramon C., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"For my money this auto can't be beat. Super track record for reliability. Drives awesome. On backroads use sportmode and it is a snappy, tight handliy fun driver. Normalmode on the highway and it's quiet and silky smooth. I love this car so much I bought it at lease end."

Mark D., MA (2015 Lexus ES)

"great mpg, routine maintaince resonable priced"

Steve P., KY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Dependabilty,,"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"Lexus has a history of having few major maintenance issues and lasting for a long time. My vehicle has had no major problems and runs as tight and quietly at 115100 miles as it did when I drove it off the dealerships' lot for the first time."

David S., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Seems to have higher quality components in general for the price paid. Paint is in excellent condition and seems robust. Battery has lasted almost 4 years, interior is in great shape, no maintenance issues."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Does everything I need and has awesome gas mileage with the Hybrid engine. Very comfy to drive."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Lexus ES)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Don't like how the front grill looks"

DENE K., NV (2015 Lexus ES)

"The grill is ugly. The interior is more cheaply made than our 2001 Lexus es3000: pockets on back of seats are inadequate; storage box is not as good."

Anonymous, LA (2015 Lexus ES)

"It's larger & bulkier than my previous Lexus ES The clove box under dash looks like it's made of plastic also, storage behind front seats look cheap."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"I and my friends both really like the interior and exterior styling."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Lexus ES)

"I buy a car for its performance and dependability"

DANIEL M., NY (2015 Lexus ES)

"I like the new styling but concerned about the exposed grill being easily damaged from another car backing when parking."

RICHARD S., TX (2015 Lexus ES)

"Fine styling"

MEMPHIS H., KS (2015 Lexus ES)

"Latest eye-appealing style with good aerodynamics."

CHESTER R., GA (2015 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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