2018 Lexus ES 350

Pros: Exceptional quietness; cushy, coddling cabin; smooth, tranquil ride quality; refined hybrid model; decent back seat space

Cons: Doesn’t handle as crisply as most cars in the class; some drivers dislike available Remote Touch system’s joystick control interface

CG Says: Lexus ES is unchanged for 2018. ES is a premium midsize car with a choice of a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine in the ES 350 or a hybrid powerplant that combines a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 200 hp in the ES 300h. The V6 has a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid has a CVT. Both models have front-wheel drive. Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Other available features include panoramic sunroof, heated/ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and power rear sunshade. The Lexus ES has always been about a serene ride and coddling comfort more than sports-sedan agility. Though the ES’s driving dynamics are athletic enough for most consumers, enthusiast drivers will be better served by the rear-drive Lexus GS, or most premium-midsize class competitors. Still, for buyers who place a high value on comfort, fuel economy, and the Lexus ownership experience, an ES 350 or ES 300h is an excellent choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices ES 350: $39,895
ES 300h: $42,815

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6 (ES 350)
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric (ES 300h)
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
40
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
39

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2018 Lexus ES 300h
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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