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2019
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2019 Lexus ES Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned-for-2019 Lexus ES retains its comfortable, quiet demeanor but steps up its game in terms of handling and interior quality. The V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic that contributes to a prompt throttle response and a linear power delivery. We attained 25 mpg overall. A hybrid version is also available. We tested the hybrid powertrain in the similar Toyota Avalon and got an impressive 42 mpg. The ES absorbs bumps very well and yet the body stays composed. The cabin is quiet and luxurious, and the front seats are very comfortable. However, the touchpad controller for interacting with the infotainment system is fussy and distracting. The ES has Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning and automatic braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.
2013-2018
2013 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2018
In an effort to inject more emotion into its mainstream mid-size luxury sedan, Lexus muted the qualities that made previous versions of the ES perennial winners. The 2013 ES still provides a comfy, quiet interior and gets good fuel economy. But the cosseting, easygoing nature has been dialed back with a less plush ride, cuts in interior refinement and more complicated controls. Further, despite the attempt to infuse more sportiness into the ES, it's not agile, nor is it fun to drive. However, the rear seat picked up more room, a hybrid powertrain was added and the navigation system got 3D maps. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with front braking, lane-departure warning and audible front and rear park assist. We recommend going with the hybrid ES 300h with the Premium and Luxury packages, plus the optional blind-spot monitor.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $32,325 - $34,975 $28,980 - $31,360
2017 $27,550 - $29,475 $24,480 - $26,160
2016 $23,075 - $25,025 $20,200 - $21,900
2015 $19,025 - $20,775 $16,270 - $17,840
2014 $17,450 - $18,200 $13,710 - $14,610
2013 $15,325 - $16,500 $11,730 - $12,825
2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2012
The Camry-based Lexus ES 350 provides big car luxury feel in a trimmer package. It rides very well and has an extremely hushed cabin. The 2007 redesign brought a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic, continuing the Lexus tradition of seamless powertrains. Acceleration is quick and we measured a good 23 mpg overall on premium fuel. Lackluster handling means the ES is not even remotely fun to drive, thanks to overly light steering that's devoid of feedback to the driver. Inside you'll find big, plush front seats and simple controls. Headroom is tight in the back seat, though. The high rear deck makes the backup camera included with the navigation system a desirable feature. Stability control was standard.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $13,250 $9,800
2011 $11,500 $8,185
2010 $10,150 $6,950
2009 $9,125 $6,005
2008 $8,350 $5,305
2007 $7,625 $4,665
2002-2006
2002 Redesign Year
Lexus ES 2006
Solidly embodying the traditional Lexus values, the ES300 is an easygoing and comfortable cruiser. With a nicely-furnished, accommodating cabin, it offers a well-rounded package with very few flaws. The V6 provides powerful acceleration, the transmission shifts flawlessly, and the ride is isolated and composed. While handling is far from sporty, it is ultimately secure and the cabin is exceptionally quiet. The front seats are supportive, but the rear is crowded for three, though two will be quite comfortable. Fit and finish are well executed and luxuries abound. Acceleration is brisk and handling is predictable. A more powerful 3.3-liter V6 for 2004 improved acceleration and fuel economy only slightly over the previous model.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $7,050 $4,090
2005 $6,325 $3,430
2004 $5,775 $2,925
2003 $5,675 $2,825
2002 $5,425 $2,825
1997-2001
Lexus ES 2001
The ES shares major components with the V6 Toyota Camry. It did just about everything well in our tests. The V6 provides powerful acceleration, the transmission shifts flawlessly, and the ride is isolated and composed. The cabin is exceptionally quiet. The front seats are amply supportive, and the rear is fine for two adults, with three being crowded. Acceleration is brisk and handling is predictable.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2001 NA NA
2000 NA NA