2021 Lexus ES 350 review: Sporty looks, but a cruiser at heart

The Black Line particular edition appears wonderful. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Now chugging along in its seventh

The Black Line particular edition appears wonderful.

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Now chugging along in its seventh era, the ES sedan is a stalwart of the Lexus lineup. For 2021, there is a new ES 250 all-wheel-generate design, as perfectly as the ES 350 F Sport Black Line you see listed here. But do not let all those aggro appears fool you. Inspite of its sporty appearance, the ES 350 is a comfortable-cozy cruiser previously mentioned all.


  • Sharp appears
  • Spacious and relaxed interior
  • Hushed highway trip

Do not Like

  • Terrible infotainment procedure
  • Not notably pleasurable to generate
  • Rear seats do not fold down

Lexus will only provide 1,500 Black Line particular editions, a offer that provides $850 to an ES 350’s base line. The one of a kind Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint appears brilliant, contrasting nicely with the black mirror caps and lip spoiler. Lexus’ company grille appears wonderful listed here, with its black end and mesh insert. I also love the zig-zag cue of the LED headlights and the crisp, sharp taillights, which convey character to the rear. All instructed, this ES 350 is significantly handsome.

The ES 350 is powered by a naturally aspirated three.five-liter V6, and its 302 horsepower and 267 pound-toes of torque are enough for this sedan. A clean-shifting eight-velocity automatic transmission is regular, placing electric power down by using front-wheel generate.

Distinctive generate modes are accessed on a little stalk on the correct facet of the gauge cluster. Sport S manner sharpens the throttle mapping and transmission shift logic, even though Sport S Furthermore will take issues a little further more, tightening the steering and stiffening the adaptive dampers. Nonetheless, the ES 350 is rarely a activity sedan, exhibiting a lot of entire body roll even though cornering. The transmission is significantly also eager to upshift and would not downshift beneath braking, indicating that even with its revamped shift sample, it can be continue to laggy to kick down and provide electric power.

On the other hand, pushed easily and easily, the ES 350 is wonderful. This Lexus sedan filters out motor and street sound, but if you give it the beans the V6 can make a astonishingly hearty sound. The steering is nicely weighted and self-assured, with a speedy ratio for sharp turn-in. All round, while, the ES 350 is just so damn relaxed. I could generate this thing for hours and hours on end.

Lexus’ interior quality is as outstanding as ever.

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The ES 350’s gas economic system is rather ordinary for the course, the EPA rating the sedan at 22 miles per gallon in the town, 31 mpg on the highway and twenty five mpg merged. 6-cylinder illustrations of the Audi A6 and Genesis G80 are not as economical, but the BMW 540i and Mercedes-Benz E450 do greater.

Lexus’ Safety Program two. suite of driver-assistance systems is regular on all trims. This offer involves adaptive cruise management, lane-holding guide, lane-departure notify and street signal recognition. My F Sport tester provides blind-location checking and rear cross-visitors notify. During my screening, the ahead-collision warning seems its alarm for no motive on occasion, and the lane-tracing tech has a several disengagements. However, the adaptive cruise management functions as expected, bringing the car to a whole quit and holding a protected distance even though following at substantial speeds.

The tech that needs operate is within the cabin Lexus’ Enform procedure proceeds to be a chore. An eight-inch multimedia display screen is regular but I have bought the optional 12.three-inch display with embedded navigation. This procedure would not have a touchscreen like the current Lexus LS. In its place, you might be compelled to use that terrible trackpad that I have complained about for decades, which is downright uncomfortable to use — specifically even though driving. On top of that, Enform is improperly arranged with a lot of menus and submenus to navigate.

Ah, the touchpad. The terrible, terrible touchpad.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Car are regular, at least, and there are plenty of sites to demand your telephone. There are two USB-A ports in every row of seats and a wi-fi charging pad is optional.

Oh, and the ES’ backup camera is tiny, distorted and blurry. Occur on, guys. It is really 2021.

This ES 350 tester is absolutely loaded with heated and cooled seats, and the whole interior is fantastically appointed with substantial amounts of match and end. The heart console is variety of tiny, as are the doorway pockets, but the trunk can keep thirteen.nine cubic toes of cargo, which is about the exact same as a BMW five Sequence. However, you are not able to fold the rear seats down, so do not try to haul for a longer period items.

The ES is not sporty, but it can be a sound sedan.

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The 2021 Lexus ES 350 begins at $forty one,025 which include $1,025 for vacation spot, and the F Sport costs $five,800 extra. With the Black Line pack, embedded navigation, triple-beam LED headlights, the adaptive suspension and extra, the take a look at car you see listed here arrives out to $54,070. Me? I might skip a bunch of the choices and continue to get a super wonderful instance for close to $47,000.

Inspite of its title, the ES 350 F Sport is not a activity sedan. But with its wonderful appears, relaxed trip and a lot of regular driver-assistance tech, if you are not seeking for a thrill trip, it can be undoubtedly really worth a look.