2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan

MSRP $45,700 - $46,550

Ranked #19 in Midsize Sedan

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2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 19, 2021

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Being a luxury sub-brand of Toyota, Lexus has always been a top-notch offering with desirable opulence on wheels, matching many renowned German names. Time and time, Lexus has been a worthy alternative to pricey nameplates, delivering tantalizing and high-class interiors, and refined ride quality. As an embodiment of the brand’s ideologies, the 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport aims at redefining the premium luxury sedan segment. The F-Sport does bring some spicy performance upgrades, but spoiler alert, it isn’t as sporty as the “F Sport” moniker suggests. The Lexus ES has always been gorgeous inside out, and remarkably comfortable. 

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Pros

Luxuriant and commodious cabin

Excellent driving dynamics

All-encompassing set of standard features

Potent engine option

Cons

Unintuitive infotainment system

Cramped rear row

What's New?

Reshuffling of features across the trim lineup

Introduction of the Black Line Special Edition


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45700

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft.. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

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

3690 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$45,700 onwards

Black-Line$46,550 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The peculiar design, featuring various angular styling cues, and aggressive spindle grille, typical to Lexus, is the recipe that attracts the eyes with ease. At an MSRP of $45,800, the ES 350 F Sport is competitively priced and generously loaded, which makes it eligible for being a significant “value for money” luxury car contestant. However, it continues to face stiff competition from its long-term adversaries, the Audi A6, Volvo S90, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, all midsize sedans that have spearheaded the segment into a new direction. 

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Features

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport, as the name suggests, bends slightly to the sporty side, bringing impressive additions like sport-tuned suspensions and sport bolstered front seats over the base ES 350 sedan. At a sticker price of $45,800, the cabin is decorated with a first-class fit and finish, an appreciable choice of materials, and a bevy of standard features. Buyers looking for more eccentric quirks can opt for the Black Line Special Edition, which is new for 2021. This limited production trim adds special blacked-out exterior trim and wheels as if the standard offerings weren’t enough. 

Buyers also get Two custom pieces of Zero Halliburton luggage and the F Sport features a black rear spoiler on the exteriors. All these additions would cost $46,550, but the final product has a peculiar aura to make an epic entrance to the Gala.

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition

MSRP

$45,800

$46,550

Key Features

8" infotainment system

Added to the F Sport features:

 

Lexus Enform Safety and Connectivity Suite

Blacked out exterior elements

 

Lexus Memory System

White NuLuxe Interior with Gray stitching

 

F Sport exterior styling

Set of Zero Halliburton travel cases

 

F Sport bolstered heated and ventilated seats

 

 

Exclusive F Sport interior

 

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

 

10-speaker audio system

 

 

Leather upholstery

 

The base ES 350 F Sport feels luxuriously appointed as the above table suggests. The interiors are lavish and there is various performance-based equipment that is impressive enough to start a conversation. Besides, the Black Line Special Edition brings more appealing and attractive exterior and interior additions, especially the White NuLuxe interiors with Grey stitching.

Which Trim should you buy?

We recommend spending some extra bucks and taking the keys to the Black Line Special Edition if you can get your hands on it. It brings some fascinating interior and exterior additions, which can leave the spectators drooling after the first glimpse.

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Engine and Performance

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport is powered by a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 unit that cranks out 302-hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Despite the F Sport badging, the Lexus ES 350 transfers all the power to the front wheels of the sedan, while the engine is mated to a smooth and seamless 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine powers the sedan with adequate grunt and punch to effortlessly sprint to 60 mph in 5.9-seconds from a standstill. Keep the pressure on the throttle pedal for long enough and the Lexus sedan can munch the quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds. 

The engine is refined and the power delivery is linear, which is why there's nothing as sporty as the tag suggests. The front-wheel-drive character is simply remarkable at cruising from point A to B. But don’t expect the Lexus to be thrilling, as the sluggish accelerations already hint at the tranquil serene nature, rather being a beast, hiding under a fancy tux.

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Audi A6

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

MSRP

$45,800

$51,550

$54,900

$56,750

Engine 

3.5L naturally aspirated V6

2.0L twin-charged inline-4

2.0L turbo inline-4

2.0L turbo inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automated manual

9-speed automatic

Power 

302 hp @ 6,600 rpm

316 hp @ 5,700 rpm

261 hp @ 5,000 rpm

255 hp @ 4,500 rpm

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.9

5.6

5.8 

6.0

Quarter mile (sec)

14.4

14.1

14.6

N/A 

Top Speed (MPH)

135 

130

130

130

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport flaunts some exciting figures about its powertrain, but stabbing the pedal won’t result in brutal acceleration or a thrilling sprint. Yet, it offers the best dollar to horsepower ratio, while the likes of the Volvo S90 and Audi A6 are quicker in short-run and straight-line sprints. While the former is the fastest to the 60mph mark taking 5.6 seconds, the 2021 A6 remains only 0.2 seconds behind. However, in the segment, the differences in timings clocked are so marginal, that it is difficult to ascertain a winner based on these comparisons. 

In terms of setup, the Lexus is the only sedan in comparison that gets an FWD setup, while the Mercedes-Benz also gets an optional RWD setup. On the other hand, the Audi bears distinction in the segment by housing a turbocharged inline-4 unit that is well complemented by a mild hybrid assist system to improve both performance and efficiency. 

How well does the 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport handle?

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport is more supple and soft, rather than being sporty or aggressive. The engine produces great grunt and punch, but since it's a front-wheel drive, don’t expect getting whiplashing to the seats. The ride quality is remarkably smooth and soft, the cabin is well insulated, hence the experience is more calm and composed.

The sport-tuned suspension offers smooth ride quality and absorbs a majority of the road imperfections with ease. But the ES 350 F Sport is not as thrilling as German counterparts like the BMW 5 Series, the steering is numb and offers negligible feedback, though it remains quite accurate. Around the corners, though it does perform well, you might experience some body roll. 

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Braking Performance

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 ES F Sport fits the same braking setup as the previous model year, with 12.0-inch brake rotors in the front and 11.1-inch ones in the rear. The driver would love the initial sharp bite and progressive grip of the brakes, while the pedal has a firm feel too. The Lexus midsize sedan also features advanced braking features like automated emergency braking, brake assist, ventilated rotors, ABS with EBD which present as a beneficial addition to times where human reflexes are slow. It comes to a halt in 114ft and being the lightest option available in the segment, we expected better performance from the Lexus. 

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Audi A6

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.0

13.6

13.3

12.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.1

12.6

13.0

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,640

4,389

4,101

3,924

60-0 MPH (feet)

114

114

N/A

110

The official figures for the A6 are missing, but rest assured the four rings luxury sedan has ample braking power to come to an easy halt. While the heavier 2021 Volvo S90 takes a similar distance to come to a halt, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most sought-after performer in the segment with its larger brake rotors of 12.7 and 11.8 inches, respectively, comes to a halt at 110ft. 

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Fuel Economy

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport features a punchy, naturally aspirated V6 block, which turns out to be quite efficient for the class. EPA estimates the sedan to average 22/31/25 mpg on city/highway/combined, which makes the Lexus an efficient luxury runner. With a seamless 8-speed automatic, that also assists in this attractive efficiency, the Lexus ES F Sport is quite a value for money. With a sizable 15.9-gallon fuel tank, the effective combined mile range of 397 would be highly appreciated by the buyers. 

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Audi A6

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

MPG (City)

22

21

23

22

MPG (Highway)

31

32

31

30

MPG (Combined)

25

25

26

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

15.9

19.3

17.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

349.8/492.9/397.5

333.9/508.8/397.5

443.9/598.3/501.8

382.8/522.0/435.0

Often luxury cars are cursed with ugly fuel economy numbers, but the buyers going with the Lexus midsize sedan would be delighted by the numbers. Though, rivals like Audi A6s prowess in efficiency, outlasting the Lexus rival averaging 26 MPG and even gains ascendancy over the competitors by virtue of its 19.3-gallon fuel tank that bestows 501 miles of combined range. The other rivals in the group present a valuable economy, while the Volvo S90 presents as the least efficient option.

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Interior

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport oozes out premium and high-class vibes, which is highly appreciated for the price the buyers are supposed to pay. The interior features top-notch materials, with lavish garnishing, deluxe fit, and finish. To start with, the front sport bolstered seats are highly comfortable, relaxing, and supportive. The leather wrapping and stitching are elite and premium, while there’s ample headroom and legroom, even for taller drivers and passengers. The dash is wrapped with soft-touch material, while door panels are wrapped with similar upholstery as the seats and center armrest. 

The rear seats offer easy ingress and egress space and follow a similar suit as the front seats both in terms of passenger space and comfort. The interior layout is subtle, there are 3 interior colors, namely circuit red NuLuxe, black deluxe, and rich cream, along with the leather and aluminum inserts coupled with chrome elements. The Black Line Special Edition adorns the cabin with charming and lush white NuLuxe trim with Hadori aluminum trim. The cargo space is limited since the rear seat doesn’t fold down. Hence the 16.7 space in the rear is all the buyers get, but it should be sufficient for small suitcases and bags. The ES 350 F Sport makes up with a lower loading lip, big cargo mouth to suffice for luggage for a prompt weekend escape. 

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Audi A6

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.5/55.9/42.4

37.8/57.5/42.2

38.0/57.8/41.3

37.3/57.8/41.3

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

37.8/54.3/39.2

37.8/55.4/40.4

38.1/56.5/37.4

37.6/57.1/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.7

13.5

13.7

13.1

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport presents a lovely and handsomely decorated interior space, with high-quality materials. The Black Line Special Edition brings white interiors that contrast and are set well with the black exterior trims. The cargo space is amongst the best in class, but the rear seats lack folding capability which could upset many buyers. In terms of interior space, the Lexus ES 350 F Sport should draw more crowds, but the Volvo S90 could be a hindrance in its way with its sizable boot of 15.4 cubic feet and an additional inch of rear legroom space. 

Standout interior features: 

  • High-quality leather upholstery
  • 10-Way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Enhanced Bolstering for F-Sport seats
  • Power-Adjustable Steering Column
  • Aluminum Trims
  • Power Moonroof
  • Heated seats
  • Automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport offers an advanced and modern list of infotainment features, the majority of which goes around an 8-inch display, however, it’s a bummer that the screen remains devoid of touch functionality. The interface is quite intuitive and the touch response is great. The easy menu layout assists in easy navigation of the options, though the trackpad is a major drawback. The frustrating trackpad is very difficult to get used to, especially when the car is on the move. The standard sound system is great, but we recommend the audiophile to get the optional Mark Levinson 17-speaker HiFi audio system. 

Standout infotainment features: 

  • Apple CarPlay and l Android Auto
  • 8" infotainment system
  • Amazon Alexa
  • 12.3-inch split screen infotainment
  • Wi-fi hotspot
  • Onboard Navigation
  • Lexus App
  • Digital Instrument Cluster with Sport Dials

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Exterior

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is a fascinating treat to the eyes, but contrary to the sporty character it should account for. With an aggressive front bumper and grille, it brings out the slightly violent side of the Lexus. The wide spindle grille with the black meshwork gives a serious face, and the angular LED DRLs fit perfectly in the headlight housing, which features triple beam LED headlamps. 

The sides are clean and refreshing, there is not much going on. But towards the rear, the LED taillamps give out a 3D appearance. The buyers opting for the Black Line Special Edition would be benefitted from the Special black-out exterior trim and wheels along with a black rear spoiler. The Lexus sedan is the lightest option in the segment weighing 3,640 lbs and has a rather low ground clearance of 5.5 inches in comparison to the competitors. The wheelbase is also shorter at 113 inches. 

Models

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2021 Volvo S90

2021 Audi A6

2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Curb weight (lbs)

3,640

4,389

4,101

3,924

Length (inches)

196.0

200.1

194.4

193.8

Width (Inches)

73.4

74.6

74.3

72.9

Height (Inches)

56.9

57.1

57.4

57.8

Ground clearance (inches)

5.5

5.9

6.5

4.3

Wheelbase (inches)

113.0

120.5

115.1

115.7

The Lexus sedan looks mesmerizing, and while Volvo, Mercedes, and Audi are a frequent view, opting for Lexus ES 350 F Sport will attract radical crowd reactions. Figuratively, the Lexus ES 350 F Sport is lighter due to the standard front-wheel drive. The wheelbase of the 2021 S90 of 120.5 inches is relatively longer as compared to the rivals. On the other hand, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has the least clearance from the ground of 4.3 inches. 

Standout exterior features:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Blacked-out grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome front bumper insert
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • 19" alloy wheels
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • LED taillights 

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Safety

The Lexus, being a luxury sub-brand to Toyota, comes standard with a wide array of safety aids. While the F Sport has not been tested specifically, the ES 350 sedan received 5 stars from the NHTSA and was recognized as the “Top Safety Pick+” from IIHS. It gets standard features such as a tire pressure monitoring system, stability control, and emergency braking assist. 

Some other standout safety features include:

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keep assistance
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision monitoring system
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert system

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Competition

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2021 Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 and Lexus ES 350 F Sport feature luxuriously appointed cabins and are filled with features extensively. Though the former fits a more powerful engine and is quicker off the line. While the Lexus sedan makes a comeback with slightly better economy and larger cargo capacity, the S90 has better space on the inside and looks on par with its rivals. 

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2021 Audi A6

The Audi A6 is a handsome and smart luxury sedan, the interiors are rich and opulent, but more subtle. The Lexus looks peculiar in terms of exteriors and the interiors are flourished with a dual-tone scheme that is sporty.

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2021 Mercedes Benz E-Class

The Mercedes Benz E-Class carries the heftiest price tag, while the Lexus ES 350 F Sport offers the best dollar to horsepower ratio. The Merc offers more advanced infotainment and fancier interiors. But when it comes to Lexus, the Japanese styling would receive more head nods than the Mercedes Benz.

2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Final Verdict

The 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport is flooded with high-quality materials, offers impeccable value for money with an energetic and thrifty powertrain. But it’s not sporty or more engaging than what it claims to be. The ride quality is rather smooth and soft, while the steering lacks any feedback or connectivity. But for the price tag, the Lexus sedan is generously loaded with a plethora of standard features.