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2019 Lexus ES 350 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 16, 2019


The Japanese have spearheaded vehicular assembling and embellishing extravagance with execution in the soul. Though the compulsiveness of a German class is still yet to be accomplished, the span is inside sight. Respecting the 2019 Lexus ES 350, an extravagant vehicle that clashes with the greatest of the names in the business, the Japanese maker claimed by Toyota have extended this outlook of its past emphasis, cleaned and refined it. There still needs work to be done however, where the others have been something more; at the same time, after the infant steps, it's a great opportunity to creep.

Lexus smartly addressed many of the older ES’ shortcomings when redesigning it for 2019. Its handling is better balanced yet still comfortable, the engine is more powerful and gets the car up to speed a hair faster, and fuel economy is better. The sleek 2019 Lexus ES is not only elegant inside and out, it also provides peaceful, worry-free cruising.

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Pros

Smooth and nimble ride quality

Lavish interior and cabin materials

Incredible interior noise insulation

Cons

Mediocre handling performance

Lackluster Infotainment system

What's New?

Going into 2019, the Lexus ES 350 is carried over unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39750

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lbs.-ft @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.9/63.4

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3649 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

34.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/33 mpg

highway range

524.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus ES 350 in Canyon Beige Metallic color  2019 Lexus ES 350 in Caviar color  2019 Lexus ES 350 in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus ES 350 in Matador Red Metallic color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.1

Interior

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus ES 350 Base

Base

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$39,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,750 MSRP (22/26/33) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Moonbeam Beige Metallic
  Sunlit Green
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Nightfall Mica
  Atomic Silver

 2019 Lexus ES 350 Luxury

Luxury

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$42,405


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,405 MSRP (22/26/33) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Moonbeam Beige Metallic
  Sunlit Green
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Nightfall Mica
  Atomic Silver

 2019 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury

Ultra Luxury

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$43,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,400 MSRP (22/26/33) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Moonbeam Beige Metallic
  Sunlit Green
  Silver Lining Metallic
  Nightfall Mica
  Atomic Silver

 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT

F SPORT

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$44,285


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,285 MSRP (22/25/31) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.)
  Caviar
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Matador Red Mica
  Ultra White
  Atomic Silver

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


What propels the front wheels of the sedan is a V6 3.5L engine that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission churning out 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Kitted with a host of luxurious equipment, with superior quality cabin and a snug seating with ample space. Fitted with plenty of features and safety tech, the Lexus ES 350 goes against the likes of its German counterpart, the Audi A4, and the Acura TLX. Where does the spindle-grilled deluxe sedan stand? Let’s get on the review and find out.

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8.0/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus ES 350 Features

8.0/10

The Lexus ES 350 is an entry-level luxury sedan and comes in a single trim and is offered at $38,950.You can customize your ES by adding one of four available packages, each of which builds upon the previous package. You can also pick from the list of standalone factory options. With a capacity to seat 5 passengers, the front-wheel driven sedan comes powered by a 3.5L V6 engine in conjunction with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 268 horses and 248 pulling forces.Equipped with plenty of safety features and opulent features, the sumptuous 4-door offers plenty of bells and whistles at this price range. There are many available packages that you can invest in however with some of them exists a pre-required certain package and depend on location for availability.

Trims

Base

Luxury

Ultra-Luxury

F-Sport

MSRP

$39,750

$42,405

$43,400

44,285

Key Features

Drive Mode Select

12-Way Driver's & Front Passenger's Power Seats (including 4-way Lumbar)

14-Way Semi-Aniline Leather Driver's & Front Passenger's Power Seats

F-SPORT Suspension Tuning Performance Dampers (front and Rear

 

Smart Access with push-button start/stop

Lexus Memory System for Driver's Seat, Outside Mirrors and Steering Wheel

Power Rear Sunshade with Manual Rear Door Sunshades

Aluminum Sport Pedals

 

Perforated NuLuxe interior trim

Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

Wood Trim & Ambient Lighting

F-SPORT moveable meter

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers with de-icer

Rain Sensing Wipers

 

F-SPORT exterior styling rear spoiler, unique front bumper, grill and rear valenc

 

Backup Camera

Heated and Ventilated Seats

 

Drive Mode Select (ECO, Normal, Sport S, Sport S+ & Custom)

 

17-inch alloy wheels

Wood Trim & Ambient Lighting

   
 

Power-adjustable front seats

Driver's Seat Cushion Extender

   
 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Perforated Leather Trim Interior

   

We recommend

If you want to up the opulence level, we recommend opting for the Luxury package. This swaps out the synthetic leather upholstery for genuine leather seats and adds luxurious trimmings such as wood inlays and acoustic side glass.

2019 Lexus ES 350 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 2019 Lexus ES is hardly a sport sedan, but its smooth and comfortable ride in both standard and hybrid guises hides a more athletic side.-thecarconnection

Laid behind the spindle-grille is a burly V6 with a 3.5L displacement, cranking 268 horses and 248 lb-ft. of torque. Paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the ES 350 bolsters a remarkably smooth performance and a responsive transmission. The sedan delivers power as you and when you jab the throttle, providing commendable and comfortable driving experience regardless of the fact you coast on the highway, or for as simple a task as getting to the nearest store.

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In its competition, the most powerful sedan belongs to the Nissan Maxima which also costs lesser than the elegant ES 350 while the least powerful powertrain is fitted in the luxurious Audi A4. The Lexus fits right in the middle of the varied power class of the rivals. Performance is as smooth and refined as you would expect in a Lexus, but quicker response plus significant suspension changes give the ES a sportier attitude. 

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

MSRP

$38,950

$33,000

$33,270

$38,950

$35,605

$36,000

Engine

Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L

2.4L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC 4-Cylinder

3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

2.0L turbo I-4

2.0L Turbocharged I-4

2.0L TFSI I4 DOHC

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

268 hp

206 hp

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

208 hp

245 hp

190 hp

Torque

248 lb-ft

182 lb-ft

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

258 lb-ft

275 lb-ft

236 lb-ft

Acceleration

The 3.5L displacing the Lexus' V6 powers the sedan from nought to 60 mph in 5.8s as it does 14.3s in the quarter-mile race. Despite being underpowered by a few ponies, the Lexus gets going with similar performance as Nissan Maxima. The new eight-speed gearbox with a wider ratio spread for both better acceleration and improved efficiency.  However, fitting a smaller engine in the hood does no good to the Lexus and its paralleling sedans.

2019 Lexus ES350

Acceleration is powerful and smooth. The V6 is superb in its ability to unspool both low- and high-end power without calling attention to itself. It sounds pretty good when you dig into it, too. While you wouldn’t call the 2019 Lexus ES 300h a sports sedan (maybe the ES 350 F Sport qualifies), it’s a lot more dynamic than before, tuned to deliver a terrific blend of comfort and compliance while still providing a decent amount of road feel.

Models

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.2

5.8 sec

6.9 sec

7.0 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

14.3 sec

15.6 sec

14.3 sec @ 97.7 mph

17.3 sec

15.2 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

3.5L

2.4L

3.5L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

N/A

6.6

7.0

7

7.3

5.7

Ride and Handling 

A comfortable driving dynamics with plush comfort and responsive steering feedback, the luxurious and silent Lexus ES 350 combines these attributes effortlessly. Glide it over bumps and potholes, the sedan pleasantly surprises with such agility and nimble suspension; it's handling of corners, however, feels poor and lacklustre. However and if you want to escape the feeling of a mundane, rich serene ride os the ES 350's athleticism commences once you tune into Sport mode, where the drivetrain is stiffened with a sturdy wheel accompanied by a sportier ride. The 2019 ES 350 is one of those cars that manages to shrink around you as you hustle it along, feeling much smaller than its full-size sedan dimensions would indicate.

It may be based on the Avalon, but that car never felt as lithe and responsive as its Lexus cousin. The extra structural rigidity of the ES is part of the equation. Now, to be fair, the ES in question is the F Sport model fitted with the optional Adaptive Variable Suspension derived from the divine LC, which no doubt helps the dynamics compared to lesser ES trims. The appeal of the seventh-generation ES extends beyond its looks, and the luxury sedan possesses enough positive attributes to make it worth considering over competing products from the likes of Cadillac and Lincoln

Braking

Under the braking performance, the equipped 11" rotors in the front and back clasp stop the Lexus ES 350 in 175 feet from 70-0 mph. Despite a mediocre brake feel, the performance seen here is decent yet falls relatively short of the rivals in which the best performer is the Infiniti's Q60. The brake pedal's travel is long and has some initial squish and numbness, but thereafter provides full braking force.

2019 Lexus ES350 wheel

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

Brake Front(in)

11.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.4

12.4

Brake Rear(in)

11

12.2

12.1

12.1

12.4

11.8

Curb weight(lbs)

3571

3505

3478

3727

3739

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

175 (70-0 mph)

122

125

113

119

126

Most of the rivals are ahead in terms of braking performance and provides a better braking distance when contrasted with the Lexus ES 350. The beforementioned Infiniti Q60 is terrific in braking performance. 

2019 Lexus ES 350 Fuel Economy

The luxurious and composed sedan spurts decent performance but also simultaneously tries to ensure it stays frugal. Deflecting just a tiny bit from that mindset, the Lexus ES 350 gulps 21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and a combined rating of 24 mpg. ES buyers should seriously consider the ES 300 hybrid. There’s plenty of power to make the ES 300h pleasant to drive while netting 44 mpg.  The decent levels of fuel economy it drinks is undoubtedly far from the Audi A4's incredible frugal powertrain; however, the Acura TLX is similarly efficient.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

MPG (city)

21

23

21

22

21

27

MPG (highway)

30

33

30

30

31

37

MPG (combined)

24

27

25

25

24

31

2019 Lexus ES 350 Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 Lexus ES has a superb interior that's quiet, spacious, comfortable and offers a refuge for adults on the road. -thecarconnection

Much of the cabin is pleasingly equipped, with top-notch materials united with care. Inside the 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a sumptuous and superlative interior quality considering the price it is offered for. Ornated with remarkable materials along with the cabin and dash, there is sufficient space for passengers where there exists capacity to seat 5. Headspace and legroom is abundant in the back for 3 passengers along with a comfortable and plush feel of the seats. Sitting inside the ES you get a sense of what people usually have in mind when they’re talking about the luxurious car their aunt just bought. It’s not over the top, but the front seats are wonderfully comfortable and supportive with 10-way power adjustment.

2019 Lexus ES350 front seat

The finishes and upholstery over the seats are well crafted and the seating in the front provide a snug feel, deeming incredible long-drive experience. The ES 350 feels quiet and hushed inside wherein its noise cancellation is well taken care of.  The cabin bears a premium appearance, with sword-shaped slashes of wood trim and subtle topographic patterns on the seats, centre console, and dashboard. Not only is rear-seat legroom comparable to that of cars a class larger, but headroom wasn’t compromised to accommodate the raked roofline of the new Lexus ES.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

4

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

100.1

93.3

98.6

85.4

96.6

100.1

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/57.6/41.9

37.2/57.5/42.6

39.4/56.7/45

37.9/54.6/43.1

37.9/57.7/44.3

38.9/55.9/41.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/55/40

36.7/57.5/34.5

36.7/55.7/34.2

34.5/52/32.4

36.6/55.3/37

37.4/54.5/35.7

Interior Features

Some of the interior features included in the ES 350 are -

  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Perforated NuLuxe interior trim
  • Dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode
  • Stainless-steel front and rear door scuff plates
  • Leather upholstery

Infotainment System

The standard infotainment system on the ES 350 is the Display Auto Interface with an 8" touchscreen controlled by a multipurpose controller knob. Dominating the top of the dashboard, the test car had a 12.3-in. infotainment system screen accompanied by the traditional Lexus analogue clock. It looks great but is not the easiest system to learn to use. The screen is not touch-sensitive like your smartphone. Instead, you must use the Remote Touch Interface pad on the center console to activate a mouse that moves around on the screen as your finger moves on the pad. Despite offering plenty of technology, the Lexus falls short in this department. Unfortunately, the Lexus does not come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Nor does it perform as great as its rivals, and generally doesn't feel user-friendly. 

2019 Lexus ES350 infotainment

Some of the infotainment system features are  :

  • Bluetooth
  • Scout GPS Link
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Satellite Radio
  • Navigation
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Wireless charger
  • AUX input and USB ports

Cargo Capacity

At the boot, the Lexus ES 350 holds 15.2 cubic feet of storage space which is on par with the class it sits in. Its rivals fall behind the ES 350, while the lone Lincoln MKZ sits at the pedestal alongside the Lexus. The worst of the lot is seen in the Infiniti Q60, where the sedan can accommodate a paltry 8.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

2019 Lexus ES350 trunk volume

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

Volume (ft.cube)

15.2

14.3

14.3

8.7

15.4

13.0

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2019 Lexus ES350 center console
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2019 Lexus ES350 infotainment display
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2019 Lexus ES350 rear seat
2019 Lexus ES350 rear seat
2019 Lexus ES350 rear seat
2019 Lexus ES350 rear seat

2019 Lexus ES 350 Exterior

Once the very definition of a conservative sedan, the current-generation Lexus ES has taken on a bold new look with sleek lines and the aggressive Lexus "spindle" grille. Yet it retains an elegant look that has the 2019 ES and ES hybrid falling right in line with the sporty Lexus IS sedan and RC coupe." -kbb

Rolling over 17-inches embedded with split-10 spoke alloy wheels, the Lexus ES 350 comes with a gorgeous exterior with the riveting sleek design over the silhouette of the 193" long sedan. From the front aesthetic designed with iconic spindled-grilles, along the way with a sloping roofline that gracefully droops, embellished with L-shaped rear taillights, the contemporary and straight design is polished and refined from the previous designs of the sedan.

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Falling in line with some of the cars of today, it does not shock nor mind-boggle, however, it does transcend the philosophy of no-bullshit depiction. At 6.1" clear from the ground, the ES 350 stands at 57" in height and comes with a 111-inch wheelbase at its framework.Compared with the previous ES, the 2019 version is longer by 2.6 ins. and wider by 1.8 ins. The wheels have been pushed out, too, resulting in a stouter stance than the previous version, which had a long rear overhang.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Acura TLX

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q60

Lincoln MKZ

Audi A4 Premium

curb weight(lbs)

3751

3505

3478

3727

3739

3450

Length(in)

193.3

191.7

192.8

184.4

193.9

186.1

Width(in)

71.7

73.0

73.2

72.8

75.1

72.5

Height(in)

57.1

57.0

56.5

54.9

58.1

56.2

Ground clearance(in)

6.1

5.8

5.3

4.9

5.0

5.0

Wheelbase(in)

111

109.3

109.3

112.2

112.2

110.0

Track width(in) F/R

62.6/62

62.8/63.1

62.4/62.4

61.2/61.2

62.3/62

61.9/61.2

Exterior Features

 A list of few exterior features found on the Lexus ES 350 are -

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Brembo Callipers
  • Swoosh styled Indicators
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2019 Lexus ES 350 Safety

While the NHTSA is yet to rate the 2019 Lexus ES 350, the IIHS has scored the sedan with mostly positive feedback. The sedan comes with a horde of safety features that comes equipped in the sedan. While these features come standard, there are optional packages that you can invest in to further up the equipments on offer. Some of the standard safety features include -

2019 Lexus ES350 airbags

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Rearview Camera
  • Safety Connect emergency communications
  • Forward collision Warning
  • Mitigation system
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Intervention System

 

2019 Lexus ES 350 Competition

Lexus ES 350 vs Audi A4

The Audi A4 and the Lexus ES 350 are luxury sedans with extensive opulency and features. Both the sedans have similar ride quality, however, the performer here is the Japanese counterpart to the smaller German 4-Rings. With incredible plush and comfort, the Audi, however, offers a relatively cramped space while the ES 350 is quite spacious. The A4 costs lower than the Japanese luxury sedan but if you want space and a similarly sumptuous 4-door, the ES 350 should be your choice.

2019 Audi A4

Lexus ES 350 vs Acura TLX

There is plenty of mix-and-match going on here; the Acura TLX falls short in some places as compared to the Lexus ES 350. Triumphing in terms of performance, interior space, overall opulence, and quality, the ES 350 takes the top spot here. However the Acura is a much cheaper sedan and for the price, it offers quite a respectable list of features and quality. If the niceties of the Lexus are irresistible, make sure you have enough to shell out in your account.

2019 Acura TLX

2019 Lexus ES 350 Final Verdict

ES 350 has always stood like a distinguished contender in the entry-level luxury car market. The all-new 2019 Lexus ES has an aggressive new look, improved performance and a new attitude, but the sedan continues its reputation of being quiet, comfortable and reliable. It doesn't suffer from the stiff-legged harshness of some early F Sport models like the previous-generation RX. The appeal of the seventh-generation ES extends beyond its looks, and the luxury sedan possesses enough positive attributes to make it worth considering over competing products.

FAQ 

Is the Lexus ES 350 a good car?

Yes, the redesigned Lexus ES is a very nice luxury midsize car. The cabin is roomy and comfortable, and it does a great job of keeping out wind and road noise. Additionally, its trunk is roomier than many rivals. 

Does 2019 Lexus ES have Apple CarPlay?

It's official; the 2019 Lexus ES will be the first model from Lexus to feature Apple CarPlay. Access to your phone, apps, and Siri will all now be available. 

Is Lexus reliable?

Lexus is very reliable, is the short answer. They have constantly topped the most dependable lists for quite a few years now