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.
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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

"Acceleration is acceptable and very smooth. Handling is not the best but is superior for normal driving conditions."

Thomas R., IN (2018 Lexus ES)

"Nothing bad, just leased 3 days ago"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"drives like a dream"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Lexus ES)

"Great, powerful engine, lackluster handling."

Arthur M., FL (2018 Lexus ES)

"Great acceleration, breaks, handling"

Ronald C., NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"This car has great acceleration and handling both on the highway and city driving. You are never left wanting if you need to get up and go."

John L., GA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very responsive accelerations and great handling for a sedan. Steering is excellent and the ride is very comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Lexus ES)

"Smooth ride with Beth litttle road noise. Comfortable seats."

Anonymous, IL (2018 Lexus ES)

"Never a problem, very quite inside, great car to drive."

Walter T., NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"Excellent turning radius and smooth handling with no engine noise at all"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Not as much fun to drive as my former car, BMW but very pleasant ride and comfortable, which was most important"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Lexus ES)

"The steering is easy and develops appropriate firmness as the vehicle increases in speed."

Tom Z., MI (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very surprisingly quick acceleration for a 4 cyl., handles very well with some lean in corners. But, I don't drive as fast as I use to, so I'm super satisfied. Very comfortable front seating with air conditioned/heated seats."

Jack K., CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"good acceleration. handles great for a luxury car, but would like a tighter feel"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Much BETTER than expected . The acceleration excedded my eepetations a great deal for a 4banger. Went to above 11,000ft with no problems what so ever. Radar cruz e control worked as advertised,hankdling was great in tight mountain curves."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Terrific drive."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Lexus ES)

"You step on the gas and it goes. You can easily go around the corner at 70mph"

Theodore H., PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Handles well, great acceleration, love front wheel drive"

Ann W., SC (2018 Lexus ES)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very quiet and comfortable"

Edward E., NC (2018 Lexus ES)

"The seats are hard as a rock and after a one hour drive my back hurts like hell"

Nancy F., TX (2018 Lexus ES)

"Bad head restraints"

Robert Z., CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"The seats have that new artificial leather and it is excellent. It is comfortable and showers no wear unlike leather. The car is very quiet and very comfortable to drive."

Thomas R., IN (2018 Lexus ES)

"Quiet and comformable"

James M., PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Does not absorb bumps as well as it should for a luxury car."

Tom Z., MI (2018 Lexus ES)

"I have owned several ES 300 h models and they just get better each and every year. Most comfortable seats in any car I have owned previously. Interior is stylish and luxurious. Little or no wind noise."

John L., GA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Great ride, almost no noise at highway speeds."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very good road feel. I have to watch my speed as it does not seam like i'am going that fast."

Edward W., CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Fine road trip vehicle. This is what Lexus is expected to do, the rest is secondary"

Thomas B., AL (2018 Lexus ES)

"very comfortable seats, quiet."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable seats. Easy to adjust. We like the one touch adjustment for each driver."

Anonymous, MI (2018 Lexus ES)

"Smooth riding, no road noise, library quiet"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"Seats are very comfortable and it drives great and its very quiet!"

John B., NJ (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very comfortable and quiet"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Lexus ES)

"Can adjust to your comfort, very comfortable. Like the adjustable heating/cooling system in seat"

Theodore H., PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"front seats could be more comfortable... can feel the ridges"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Lexus ES)

"Leather seats are more comfortable"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Lexus ES)

"Very quiet and smooth ride. Absolutely great seats."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Extremely comfortable seats and for me a completely new level of quietness at all speeds."

Arthur M., FL (2018 Lexus ES)

"This such a secure and flawless ride that make you think of a cloud in movement"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Lexus ES)

"No Memory for passenger seat does not hold memory no adjustments for knees does not hold lumbar support should have a left arm rest should have a sunglass holder should not hide access plugs."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"highest quality, most comfortable adjustable seats ,quiet ride"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Seats can not be adjusted for my long legs, nor high enough to keep my hips higher than my knees. Iam 6' 2" and weigh 167 pounds."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Pick up could be better"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Lexus ES)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"This is my 6th Lexus. Overall it is hard to beat"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"Total reliability- this is the 3rd car of this type I have leased. Never needs service other than routine maintenance very 6 months."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Great car, driving experience, value"

Ronald C., NY (2018 Lexus ES)

"Loaded luxury car without any problems for reasonable lease payment. I think it is best car of its type for the money (lease payment.)"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Lexus ES)

"In weather above 40 F, I am getting 40 - 44 miles per gallon using regular gas, both on the highway and in city driving!"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Lexus ES)

"Compared to similar vehicles the the lease terms were considerably better"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Lexus ES)

"I feel I have a loaded vehicle that some other makes do not even offer"

Edward W., CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Reliability and peace of mind of long term reliability"

Michael K., KY (2018 Lexus ES)

"very good quality"

Edward E., NC (2018 Lexus ES)

"Mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Lexus ES)

"The model will be changing soon and I got a very good lease deal with all the whistles and bells I was looking for."

James M., PA (2018 Lexus ES)

"Probably could have gotten a better deal if we "shopped" on the internet"

Anonymous, FL (2018 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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