Lexus ES 350

2016 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: The Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid get an exterior facelift for 2016 that includes standard LED headlights, a bolder version of Lexus’s signature “spindle” grille, and a restyled rear fascia. The interior has been updated with additional soft-touch materials, a new steering wheel, updated smartphone-app connectivity, and new colors and trim combinations. 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: $38,000
ES 300h: $40,920

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

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2016 Lexus ES 300h