2021 Lexus ES 350

MSRP $39,900 - $48,900

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2021 Lexus ES 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Lexus ES 350 is a reasonably priced mid-size sedan that offers a comfortable ride along with oodles of standard features. Featuring fine and premium materials, the interior of the ES 350 feels properly luxurious and is right up there with its rivals. Priced at $40,000 for the base trim, it brings quite a lot of value for the price you pay, with the range-topping trim being priced under $50,000. The 2021 model year gets many updates and changes, but no major overhaul has taken place. The Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 motor that is paired to a front-wheel drive as standard. 

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Pros

Extremely comfortable ride

Spacious and upscale interior

Extensive standard features list

Best value for money in the segment

Cons

Finicky infotainment system

No option to fold the rear-seat

What's New?

Minor reshuffling of standard and optional equipment

New Black Line Special Edition added to the line-up


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft.. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3704 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$39,900 onwards

Luxury$45,100 onwards

Ultra Luxury$48,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.3

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.2

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


While the cheaper ES 250 now comes with an all-wheel-drive option, the Lexus ES 350 still gets no such option. Also, it does not feel as sporty as some of its rivals, and the fussy infotainment system with its trackpad controller still makes its way into the cabin. However, once you take into consideration that the fully loaded ES costs as much as an entry-level trim of the cars like the Audi A6, the cons seem like small trade-offs. The Lexus ES 350 goes up against other sedans such as the Nissan MaximaInfiniti Q50, and the Acura TLX.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear Angle View

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.3/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Lexus ES 350 Features

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 is available in a total of 3 trims, namely Base, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury. All the trims only come with a front-wheel drivetrain and are powered by the same 302-hp 3.5-liter V-6 powerhouse. The Base trim costs $40,000 and gets key features such as an 8-inch infotainment display, keyless entry, push-button start, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a moonroof. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 comes standard with the base trim, which adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and much more. 

The Luxury trim costs $45,200 and adds front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, blind-spot monitoring, a power rear sunshade, and much more. The range-topping Ultra Luxury trim costs $49,000 and adds features such as a 12.3-inch display with in-built navigation, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power trunk lid, a surround-view parking camera system, and much more.

Trims

Base

Luxury

Ultra Luxury

MSRP (FWD)

$40,000

$45,200

$49,000

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Adds to ES 350 features:

Adds to ES 350 Luxury features:

 

Paddle shifters

Rain-sensing wipers

Lateral performance dampers

 

Lexus multimedia system with 8.0-inch color display

Lexus Memory system

Power open/close trunk with kick sensor

 

Lexus 10-speaker premium sound system

Wood trim with ambient lighting

Power rear sunshade with manual rear-door sunshades

 

Perforated Nuluxe interior trim

Perforated leather-trimmed interior

Perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior

 

10-way Power-adjustable front seats

14-way power front seats

Driver’s seat power cushion extender

There are many optional packages bundled with the trim line-up. For starters, the Premium package, priced at $1,375, adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. Next up, the Navigation package costs $1,820 and adds a 12.3-inch infotainment display with an in-built navigation system. There are many other individual features like the head-up display, Mark Levinson stereo, wireless device charging, and many more features that can be added for an extra price.

Which Trim should you buy?

A car like the Lexus ES 350 is meant to make you feel special, and the Ultra Luxury trim manages to do that the best. Its premium features such as the semi-aniline leather upholstery, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, and an adaptive suspension help in enhancing the overall experience. Thus, while it is significantly more expensive than the base trim, it provides a much more premium experience to the user.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 comes with only one powertrain and drivetrain option. It is powered by a 3.5L Naturally Aspirated Regular V6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It generates 302 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for doing everyday chores. The grunt from the engine is enough to perform quick overtaking maneuvers on the highway or climbing up a hill with a full house.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Hits 0-60 MPH In 6.1 secs

The engine sends all the power only to the front wheels which makes it unsuitable for areas with heavy snowfall. The ES 350 can sprint from zero to 60 mpg in about 6.1 seconds which is brisk enough for a car of its size. While the throttle response is not as quick as you might expect, the gearbox does a good job of shuffling through the gears. The sedan tops out at 131 mph.

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

MSRP

$40,000

$37,090

$36,700

$37,500

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated Regular V6 

3.5L Naturally Aspirated Premium V6

3.0L Turbocharged Premium V6 

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic 

Continuously Variable Transmission

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

6.0

5.4

5.9

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.6

14.3

13.8

14.5

Top Speed (MPH)

131

145

172

N/A

Even while the ES 350 is the most powerful sedan in this comparison, it is the slowest to reach the 60 mph mark. This is due to the fact that it is the heaviest car in the lot. In terms of outright performance, the Infiniti Q50 with its 3.0L Turbocharged V6 engine comes out on top. However, there is not a significant difference between the performance figures, with the Acura TLX being the only sedan here that uses an Inline-4 mill.

How well do the 2021 Lexus ES 350 ride and handle?

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 showcases a composed ride and a well-balanced ride. The suspension has been tuned to offer maximum comfort, which the luxury car buyers will appreciate. It can soak even the worst of bumps and potholes with ease, keeping the passengers away from the aftershocks. Even at high speeds, the car remains glued to the road. However, it is no corner craver as you do experience a bit of that body roll while changing lanes at high speeds.

In terms of the handling, the steering provides good input to the driver. It is quite communicative and confidence-inspiring. While it remains light to operate at slow city speeds, it gains a good amount of heft over the highway. It is quite quick and nicely weighted to handle high-speed maneuvering. If you want sharper handling and a more performance-oriented suspension, we suggest you opt for the F Sport model of the ES 350.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Braking Performance

The braking hardware provided with the ES 350 is adequate enough to bring it to halt from 60 mph in about 110 feet. This meant that it is at par with its rivals.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Wheel

The car gets a lot of braking-related gizmos as well like an automatic emergency braking system which is offered as standard. While the brake pedal is quite communicative in nature, it can feel a bit wooden under hard braking conditions. 

Model

2021 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

Brake Front Rotor (inch)

12.0

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear Rotor (inch)

11.1

12.1

12.1

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3690

3564

3685

3616

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

113

110

118

Judging by the stopping distance covered, the Lexus ES 350 and the Infiniti Q50, both offer the best braking performance. Even while the Acura TLX gets the biggest brake rotors in the business, it still covers the longest distance to come to a halt. The Nissan Maxima, on the other hand, gets the benefit of being the lightest sedan here. When comparing the curb weight, Nissan Maxima is the lightest option in the competition.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Sticking with the front-wheel drivetrain has helped the ES 350 remain an efficient sedan. It offers 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and a combined mpg figure of 26. These figures are quite good for a sedan of its size, and if you want to put even more savings in your pocket, the hybrid version of the ES 350 should be your pick. 

Model

2021 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

MPG (City)

22

20

20

23

MPG (Highway)

32

30

29

33

MPG (Combined)

26

24

23

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

18

20.0

15.8

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

350/509/413

360/540/432

400/580/460

395 /567/464

The fuel tank capacity of the ES 350 is on the lower side, with its fuel tank able to hold a total of 15.9 gallons of fuel. This translates into the lowest combined range in its class, which should translate into more than average refueling stops. The Acura TLX still holds the top spot in terms of fuel economy which is only slightly more efficient than the Lexus ES 350.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Interior

7.3/10

Lexus seems to have known what its customers want to pay for the most when buying into the luxury sedan package. Thus, for any owner, stepping inside the ES 350’s cabin is followed by the feeling of money well spent. The cabin features rich materials, premium appeal, and a stylish dashboard. There is no lack of space whatsoever, and you get enough room to stretch out at the front as well as at the back. The asymmetrically laid out dashboard looks contemporary and features soft-touch materials at every touchpoint.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Dashboard

The smooth ride of the ES 350 is aided by its supremely comfortable seats that offer good overall support. The seat cushioning is neither too soft nor too hard which is apt for under-taking long-distance journeys. Physical features such as the genuine leather upholstery in the upper trims enhance the overall sense of luxury inside the cabin. However, German sedans such as the Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class still are a step ahead of the ES 350 in terms of premium feel. Also, there will not be many issues while parking it as the overall visibility is great, thanks to the large door frames and windows.

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2021 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

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 (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/54.3/39.2

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.5/56.1/35.1

36.7/55.4/34.5

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.7

14.3

13.2

14.3

The Lexus ES 350 offers the best-in-class cargo capacity. While it is more than all its rivals, however, there is no option of folding down the rear seats to expand the storage capacity. The optional power hands-free trunk lid makes it easy to load and unload luggage if your hands are full. The Nissan Maxima and the Acura TLX, both offer the second-best cargo capacity in the segment. Key interior features include:

  • Two-zone Climate Control
  • Push Button Start
  • Keyless entry
  • Moonroof
  • Optional genuine leather seats 
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Air Filtration
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Rear sunshades
  • Available Panoramic moonroof
  • Available Head-up display

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Lexus ES 350 comes with a rather nominal but bright enough 8-inch touchscreen display. It supports Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, which makes it easy to keep all things in one place.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Infotainment Display

The higher trims come with an in-built navigation system, but it cannot match the useability of something like Google Maps. A 10-speaker sound system comes standard, and it also features SiriusXM satellite radio. Features like the Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth phone, and music streaming are also standard. Key infotainment features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen 
  • Available 12.3-inch screen infotainment touchscreen 
  • HD radio
  • In-built navigation
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Wireless device charging
  • Optional Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology

2021 Lexus ES 350 Exterior

8.0/10

The ES 350 is a luxury mid-size sedan, and it looks exactly like it on the outside. With a wide footprint and a sharp design language, it looks more sporty on the outside than on the inside. Its looks are certainly not as polarising as some of its rivals, and it synthesizes the complex cuts and creases beautifully. At the front, it gets a huge Lexus Signature grille and sleek headlamps that set the tone for its imposing looks. From every angle, it looks well balanced and proportionate that underlines the cohesive nature of its design.

Model

2021 Lexus ES 350

2021 Nissan Maxima

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Acura TLX

Curb Weight (lbs)

3690

3552

3685

3616

Length (in)

195.9

192.8

189.6

194.6

Width (in)

73.4

73.2

71.8

75.2

Height (in)

56.9

56.5

57.2

56.4

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.3

5.0

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

115

112.2

113.0

The Lexus ES 350 and the Acura TLX really offer the best road presence in the segment. The Nissan Maxima comes with the longest wheelbase and hence the most generous second row in terms of space. While looks are subjective, all the sedans in question look well-balanced and contemporary. Few standout exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector headlamps 
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Fixed rear window w/ defroster
  • Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Cornering Lights

2021 Lexus ES 350 Safety

9.9/10

Lexus has given the ES 350 quite a lot of standard safety equipment that includes many driver-assistance features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the ES 350 five out of five stars for its overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the ES as a Top Safety Pick+. The ES range comes standard with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, which includes features like the forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and much more. Key safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights

2021 Lexus ES 350 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Lexus ES 350 vs 2021 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is an attractive-looking mid-size sedan. It offers good value for your money and a punchy V-6 powertrain. Nissan has also taken good care of the standard features list.

2021 Nissan Maxima

With its athletic handling, it is also more fun to drive than the E 350. However, the Lexus simply comes with better reliability ratings and a much more premium cabin. It is also a well-rounded and much more refined product than the Maxima.

2021 Lexus ES 350 vs 2021 Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 comes with a powerful V6 engine and gorgeous looks. It also features a well-built and upscale cabin that boasts much technologically advanced equipment.

2021 Infiniti Q50

With its sharp handling and good highway manners, you can occasionally have fun behind the wheel as well. Where it lacks behind the ES 350 is in terms of the interior space and the cargo capacity. The Lexus is certainly more practical but is also more expensive than the Infiniti. 

2021 Lexus ES 350 vs 2021 Acura TLX

Fully redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Acura TLX is a much more desirable sedan now. It features a high-end cabin and a healthy standard features list. In terms of the driving dynamics, it is well sorted and offers a poised ride with enjoyable handling.

2021 Acura TLX

However, its cramped rear seats and a hesitant transmission come at the top of its cons list. The TLX is cheaper than the ES 350 which does offset some of its ignorable drawbacks.

2021 Lexus ES 350 Final Verdict

8.2/10

The2021 Lexus ES 350 gets most things right but offers nothing extraordinary or out of the box. With its appealing exterior design and an upscale cabin, the ES 350 pampers you to the fullest with its supremely comfortable ride. It also gets full points in terms of safety, and the large cargo area is certainly going to make your airport rides or weekend getaways easier. However, the lack of an all-wheel-drive option might put off some customers that live in tricky terrains. If you want a fuss-free experience and do not want to spend more than $40,000 for a mid-size sedan, the ES 350 is certainly a great option.

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