The Lexus ES has sound handling but falls short of being engaging or fun. Uncharacteristic for Lexus, the ride is on the stiff side, and the optional 18-inch wheels make it worse. It feels more like a family sedan than a luxury car. The powerful 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic got a good 25 mpg overall. But we find the hybrid more appealing, thanks to its combination of size and fuel economy, returning a class-leading 36 mpg overall and 44 on the highway in our tests. Inside, the quiet cabin makes a good first impression, but it has some cheap touches. The mouselike infotainment interface is distracting and convoluted. Most drivers will have a decent fit behind the wheel, but the interior falls short of being truly spacious. Automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning are standard.