2022 Lexus ES 350

Rating6.5

Ranked #22 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$40,800 - $49,980

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Key Spec of 2022 Lexus ES 350
fuel economy

22/26/22

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

306 hp @ 5450 rpm

basic warranty

-

2022 Lexus ES 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Long gone are the days when sedans had their ways in every lane and road map. Being sidelined by a new era of SUVs, the luxury sedans are probably the only viable options to keep the rays radiating as brighter as possible. As a response to that, the Lexus is coming once again with its established model popularly known as the ES 350 among its proponents. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Luxury at its best

Price could have been reduced 

Intersection Turning Assist

Interior accents and accessories

Lexus Safety System+ 2.5

Exterior appeal

Touch-screen usability

Safety assurance 

Bi-LED headlights

Balanced cabin

Dynamic Handling Package for F Sport trim

Upgraded Pre-Collision System unit

Over All Rating

6.5

Out of 10

Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy6.00
Interior4.00
Exterior6.00
Safety9.00
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#22 in Midsize Sedan

#23 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$40,800 onwards

  • 17-inch aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Driver and passenger Lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Nuluxe leatherette Seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Luxury$46,200 onwards

  • 18-inch aluminum Wheels
  • Leather Seat trim

Ultra Luxury$49,980 onwards

  • 18-inch polished aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Semi-Aniline leather Seat trim


Colors and Styles

2022 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

A highly content sedan with some really exciting and inspiring upgrades for the upcoming year, the ES 350 becomes worth considering for our analysis and tip-toe tear down. Straight-up against the market shares of the Infiniti Q50, Nissan Maxima, and the Acura TLX, the 2022 Lexus ES 350 seems to be the most expensive rival but is supposed to be featuring the required assists and purpose-driven practicality which will justify the tag.

2022 Lexus ES 350 Sedan front view
2022 Lexus ES 350 Sedan rear view

Features

A branch of 4 trims; Base, F Sport, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury can be expected to be continuing in the upcoming Lexus ES 350 with all those standard features and some little refinements in different sectors. The Base will be pretty much satisfactory in many senses if it follows the same course as that of its predecessor of having Lexus MultiMedia System along with a 10-Speaker Premium Sound System which happens to be constant in all the trim except for the Ultra Luxury. And if that is somewhere close to being true then we might be seeing the high-bass Mark Levinson Speakers at its disposal for one’s musical enrichment in the Ultra Luxury. 

Moreover, it is no guesswork but a definite fact that the Lexus ES 350 will be getting the upgraded Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 which will host a set of inspiring safety assists like the Lane Departure Alert, Pre-Collision System, Emergency Steering Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control.

Trims

Base 

F Sport

Luxury

Ultra Luxury

MSRP(FWD)

(Expected)

$41,025

$46,825

$46,225

$50,025

Key Features

Lexus MultiMedia System 

10-Speaker Premium Sound System

8" Color Display

Integrated Navigation System

 

Dual-Zone Climate Control

19" x 8J Split-5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy

HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter

Mark Levinson Speakers

 

17-inch Split-10-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver And Machined Finish

F SPORT Front Seats

Perforated Leather Seat Trim

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 

 

SmartAccess

Apple CarPlay

Driver Seat Memory Function

Semi-Aniline Leather Seat Trim

 

Drive Mode Select

Android Auto

Lexus Safety System+ 2.5

Emergency Steering Assist

 

10-way power adjustability

10-speaker Pioneer audio system

Automatic Emergency Braking

Pre-Collision System

The variations throughout the trim structure in terms of comfort and convenience are speculative to be generic and all of them will fairly own a decent share of credibility. The power-adjustability can be expected to be available but it is those heating and ventilation functions that might remain exclusive for higher trims. Apart from year-on-year upgrades, the Drive Mode Select, SmartAccess, and Apple CarPlay integration will always find their relevance irrespective of generation. The narrative is true for easy command touches as well which include the likes of the Remote Releases, HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter, and Tracker System.

Which Trim should you buy? 

The foundation of the upcoming Lexus ES 350 will be established beforehand, if it retains that caliber of what’s expected from it, meaning, the Base will itself suffice your urge for the luxurious and comfortable cabin. Proportionate in its interior engagement, appearance, and operation economy, the Base trim is no less than any of its siblings. It is true that the higher-ups are more and better equipped but the Base is well-equipped and that is where we achieve maximum cost-effectiveness with decent honey-potting. Long-hauling, safety insurance, and top-notch cabin accents, there will be hardly anything left to accomplish in this sedan.

2022 Lexus ES 350 Release Date

The Lexus ES 350 is a huge customer-based machinery thanks to its historic endeavors and satisfying accomplishments because of which there is a sense of impatience in the market for its arrival. Though, there has been no official announcement from the brand’s end yet, as per the going trend we are assuming that it will be available by the end of 2021 at the dealerships. But with some uncertain patches of murkiness because of this ongoing pandemic, taking two to three months offset would be more precise to comment.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Unlike trim hierarchy, the powertrain will have the same stature with single option availability predictively. The V-6 configuration with 3.5L capacity, if continued, then it will be generic throughout all trims which is capable of producing the power of 302 hp @ 6,600 RPM and torque of 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM. Not just the engine variant but the standard FWD along with the 8-speed automatic transmission, with high probability, will also be summoned in the upcoming Lexus ES 350. If the narrative is so far so good then there will be no bone of contention in one claiming to have acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph within 6.1 seconds and covering a quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. The figures are impressive considering its segment and luxury orientation.

Models

2022 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

MSRP

$41,025

$37,090

$36,700

$37,500

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

CVT

7-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

302 hp @ 6,600 RPM

300 hp @ 6,400 RPM

300 hp @ 6,400 RPM

272 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

295 hp @ 1,600 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

0-60 mph (sec)

6.1

6

5.4

5.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.6

14.3

13.8

14.5

Top Speed (mph)

131

145

172

164

As far as the rivalry is concerned, it is quite a close call altogether as they barely miss one another by some hundredth of a second margin while the Infiniti Q50 outstrips that margin by a little widened gap. The Q50 is even a top-tier luxury with a devilish top speed of more than 170 mph. The rivals, on average, are nowhere close to it. On the other hand, though close in numbers yet the most sluggish among all is the ES 350 if it is going to be the same as per the spec sheet. This might be a denting sign for many of the laymen out there and that is exactly what one should not be driven by as the segment is more about comfort, convenience, and accents but performance. Both the Nissan and Acura are rather competitively matched to the Lexus when performance is concerned. 

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

As mentioned earlier, it is anticipated that the Lexus ES 350 might continue with its 3.5 L capacity V-6 meaning we would not be seeing a change in its mileage as well. A return of 22 mpg, 32 mpg, and 26 mpg in the city, highways, and combined will supposedly be the same yet will lead the pack. After digging deep, we come to realize that the trade-offs at the performance curve give it extra miles per gallon but a lower fuel-tank capacity of 15.9 gallons does not let it reach its true potential, refraining it to less than 510 miles mark even at its peak.

Models

2022 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

MPG (City)

22

20

20

22

MPG (Highway)

32

30

29

31

MPG (Combined)

26

24

23

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

18

20

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

349.80 / 508.8 / 413.4

360 / 540 / 432

400 / 580 / 460

349.80 / 492.9 / 397.5

As per data, we see that there is no inching ahead of the predicted figures of 2022 Lexus ES 350 but it is that range compatibility where the Nissan Maxima and Infiniti Q50 outshine it by more than 40 miles at the least. The one thing we should also heed is the fact that a 500-mile mark might be in comparison lower but when viewed individually is no less than any desirable feat. So, it is not like we will keep the ES 350 out of scope as a slight change in its fuel tank capacity will do all the necessities.

Interior
4.0/10

The tale of the Lexus ES 350 will most probably begin right from where it has left its mark. The feel of the Chateau NuLuxe with Striated Black Trim for the seats in the Base and F Sport cupping with Hadori Aluminum accent are very much anticipated to have their presence in this charm-enraged sedan in the upcoming year. The Luxury taking a step further with its Chateau leatherette in Dark Mocha wood contrast will also maintain its uniformity and continuity. Apart from that, there are other focal points to be concerned about as well and standing first in the line is the Dual-Zone Climate Control which is more like a basic amenity that will either remain to be as it is or might level-up to a -Zone format at the max. 

 2022 Lexus ES 350 Sedan cockpit area

The technology access is also expected to be very much content in its nature as one might get to manipulate the algorithms of Voice Command, Lexus apps, and Lexus Enform Service Connect in the 2022 ES 350. Thus, it will be simply the best-in-class holding all the virtues of functionality and purposes if it followed the same trajectory

 2022 Lexus ES 350 Sedan front seats

Models

2022 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.5/55.9/42.4

39.4/ 56.7/ 45.0

40.2/56.7/44.5

37.2/57.5/42.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/54.3/39.2

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.5/56.1/35.1

36.7/55.4/34.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.7

14.3

13.2

13.5

Well, by far the most balanced cabin as per the predictive spec-sheet, the Lexus ES 350 will pose a great challenge to its rivals. Right from the speculative class-leading trunk volume to highly flexible space management, the capacity to seat in 5 in a roll, makes the 2022 ES 350 the most desirable luxury sedan. On the other hand, the others are on the same scale in totality and share the same reputation altogether. In addition, the Lexus ES 350 is a gem for its seat cushioning, proper visibility, and easy ingress and egress. Therefore, we rate it on the top in the specific category and as our first preference. 

Some of the features are:

  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Voice Command
  • Chateau NuLuxe with Striated Black Trim
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Heating and ventilated functions in higher trim
  • Driver Seat Memory Function

How intuitive is the 2022 Lexus ES 350’s infotainment unit?

A realm with the compatibility of Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Lexus App does have a high probability to continue in the upcoming 2022 Lexus ES 350. Not just that, even the Lexus MultiMedia System incorporated into an 8” Color Display will also have its emblem embossed inside the cabin. The reverberation and echoing will be at its zenith with the Lexus 10-Speaker Premium Sound System, as per prediction, which may expand its wings to be Mark Levinson Speakers as per trim specialization. Then cometh the standard features like the Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, Lexus Enform WiFi, and Voice Command who will hardly see any changes. Hence it won’t be unjust to say that it will be worthy of its price tag.

Some of the features are:

  • 8” Color Display
  • Amazon ALexa
  • Lexus MultiMedia System
  • Lexus App 
  • HD Radio
  • Lexus 10-Speaker Premium Sound System
  • Android Auto
Exterior
6.0/10

Lexus has always been meticulous for every inch possible. The flow throughout the silhouette, be it any segment, and calculated gradient from the front to the top to the rear have never been out of proportion and those are certainly going to be restored in the all-new 2022 Lexus ES 350. The statement is underpinned by the fact that the Lexus ES 350 will most probably retain the fascinating color portraits on its panels which entail the mentions of Eminent White Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Sunlit Green, and many more. 

 2022 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 

The sharp-edged headlamps along with dark-background chrome-accented grille, if sculpted as its predecessor, will give it an aggressive look in conjunction with the pairs of either 17-inch Split-10-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Dark Silver & Machined Finis h or 19" x 8J Split-5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy Wheels. The rear spoiler, for improving downforce dynamics, will also be definitely there from F Sport trim onwards along with standard power moonroof across the strata. Thus, it is going to be inspiring and only time will let us relish it.

Models

2022 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

Curb Weight (lbs)

3690

3565

3732

3709

Length (inches)

195.9

192.8

189.6

194.6

Width (inches)

73.4

73.2

71.8

75.2

Height (inches)

56.9

56.5

56.8

56.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

5.3

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

113

109.3

112.2

113

The comparison among the rivals enlightens us about the takeaway that they share the same reputation and respect in their periphery for each other. The streamlined lengthiness along with almost parallel weight transfer hardly impact or bring noticeable change in their handling perspective. The lateral torque shift on the axle is very much constrained in all of them to a large extent with balanced track width to wheelbase aspect ratio. Thus, we will rate all of them at par with one other including the 2022 Lexus ES 350 as it is predicted to have no major change in these figures as such. 

Some of the figures are:

  • 19" x 8J Split-5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • Power Moonroof
  • Rear Spoiler
  • LED Brakelights
  • 215/55R17 AS
  • Bi-Led Headlamps
  • Dark-background chrome-accented grille
Safety
9.0/10

Poetry in its writing would be apt to elaborate the upgraded Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 which leaves no space for any sort of flaw in its functionality along with the Blind-Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Such a level of sophistication with the prowess of an all-new additive feature namely Intersection Turning Assist in pairing with the preexisting ones like the Pre-Collision System, Automatic Emergency Braking, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The reliability in this luxury is so premium that one can’t question or even mark an exclamation till the Emergency Steering Assist, Lane Departure Alert, and Intelligent High Beams are present. 

Further adding to that, we may also come to a conclusion, as per its past performances, that the Lexus ES 350 will have sound structural integrity as it has already been awarded the “Top Safety Pick +” in 2021 and an overall 5-star rating in the NHTSA crash tests. Therefore, cabin insulation and crash dissipation resilience are going to be inherent and natural in the 2022 Lexus ES 350 which will give a boost to its pre-booking and sales numbers. 

Some of the features are:

  • Emergency Steering Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Competition
6.0/10

2022 Lexus ES 350 vs. 2021 Nissan Maxima

Nicely defined and appealing are the two commonalities in these two rivals and that’s what makes them the fiercest of all. There is nothing much to comment on their handling pursuit as they are pretty comparable on all scales but it is upgraded safety prowess where the former might edge out the latter.

2021 Nissan Maxima

The entertainment package on offer in the Lexus ES 350 is also exemplary which enhances its personification. But then Nissan Maxima covers up with its range dominance and high-speed capabilities. On the whole, the segment is more inclined towards accents and comfort and not performance, so the balance favors the ES 350. 

2022 Lexus ES 350 vs. 2021 Infiniti Q50

The best-in-class range and performance and too by far miles are in themselves the testaments to the powertrain dominance of Q50 but it is also true its fluidic design might not be in the bout against what the Lexus ES 350 represents on the inside and outside. Better trim availability, tech-assist features, and engaging cabin give ES 350 a jump start. Even the mileage segment is better in it and a little improvement in the fuel tank capacity might help it to be the leader of the pack as well.

2021 Infiniti Q50

2022 Lexus ES 350 vs. 2021 Acura TLX  

As per analysis, the Acura TLX is more like a sibling to the Lexus ES 350 for many reasons. Be it expression pursuit or accent with tech accessibility, they are pretty much the same to a large extent but the storyline tends to differ as we start to follow contour bedrocks of practicality as the ES 350 comes slightly ahead of the former with its balanced cabin spaciousness, cargo volume, range coverage, and safety complexity. It is the performance figure where the Acura might be outclassing its rival but the gap is significantly low and is of no importance in any sense. So, we would prefer ES 250 in this competition.

2021 Acura TLX  

 

Final Verdict

The spec sheet is evident of the fact that the ES 250 is the best when we have a holistic overview. One is entitled to get all in this package including the decent performance, mileage, range, and spacious seating arrangement. The feel over the counters is also up to the mark. Premium touches on seats and steering and that too high cushioning for long hauling is just impressive. It does have the caliber to attract viewership as well. Therefore, it is a must-buy without a doubt. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$46200

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

211 cu in

horse power

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

195.9 in

wheelbase

113 in

width

73.4 in

curb weight

100 lbs

Height

56.9 in

capacity
passenger volume

99.9 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg


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Lexus ES 350 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$49,615
5 Year Cost To Own
$63,452
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $63,452
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,183$4,207$3,389$3,827$3,324$22,930
Insurance$1,589$1,662$1,732$1,789$1,898$8,670
Fuel$1,820$1,934$1,988$1,982$2,050$9,774
Maintenance$332$1,116$635$1,662$3,029$6,774
Repairs$29$-4$10$411$691$1,137
Financing Interest$3,135$2,481$1,826$1,137$389$8,968
Taxes and Fees$4,156$307$277$251$208$5,199
Total Cost-To-Own$19,244$11,703$9,857$11,059$11,589$63,452
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