For years, the Lexus ES excelled at being comfortable and luxurious, pampering rather than sporty. With the current generation Lexus modified that formula in an attempt to create a more engaging driving experience. As a result, it is a less satisfying upscale sedan.
The ES still provides a quiet interior, gets good fuel economy, and is very reliable. But the car's cosseting, easygoing nature has been dialed back, with a less plush ride and more complicated controls. Despite Lexus' claims of injecting more sportiness into the ES, it's not agile or fun to drive.