2015 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 Remote Touch system’s joystick control interface

CG Says: The Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid see only minor changes for 2015, such as a standard touchscreen audio system with backup camera, standard NuLuxe upholstery, and updated infotainment features. 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 the typical luxury sedan consumer, 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: $37,550
ES 300h: $40,430

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
268
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

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

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2015 Lexus ES 300h