2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan

MSRP $44,635

Ranked #9 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In a sea of cars, there are always a few that stand out from the rest, and the Lexus ES 350 F Sport is one of the models to do so. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is the standard in the sedan class, offering the comfort you desire while also providing power and performance. Its advanced suspension system gives smooth handling while also reducing road noise to offer a quiet ride. With this ES model, you can feel confident that your vehicle will perform when you need it most.

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Pros

Razor-sharp handling

Potent engine

Agile driving dynamics

Wide range of standard features

Cons

Finicky infotainment system

Rear row space

What's New?

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay now come standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44635

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 ft-lb. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

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

3649 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

99.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/31 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$44,635 onwards

  • 19-inch gray aluminum Wheels
  • 19-inch split 5 spoke alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Nuluxe interior trim
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers
  • Voice communication & siri eyes free

Colors and Styles

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.2

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport is a midsize luxury sedan with a focus on performance. Its exterior lines flow perfectly with the body to provide an incredible aesthetic, while the interior brings everything together with touchscreen navigation control and leather seats. It competes with Toyota Avalon TRD, Cadillac XTS FWD, and Alfa Romeo Giulia


6.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Features

6.0/10

In the 2020 Lexus ES 350, four different trim levels are available: the base model, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport. Each of the four features a 302-horsepower V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Auxiliary to this, three hybrid trim levels are available: ES 300h, ES 300h Luxury, and ES 300h Ultra Luxury. These models are equipped with a 215-horsepower hybrid system. A comprehensive review of the Lexus ES Hybrid will be published separately. As part of this review, we will go over the Lexus ES 350 F Sport trim level. 

The F Sport trim model, which is a sportier version of the regular ES 350, starts at $44,635 and comes with premium features. The Premium package is standard as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, F-Sport suspension, performance dampers, and performance suspension tuning on this variant. There is also aluminum trim throughout the cabin, as well as gauges and pedals that are unique and offer unique features, such as heated and ventilated seats with bolsters. F Sport badging and unique exterior design elements round out the features of this performance-oriented model.

Trims

ES 350 F Sport

MSRP

$44,635

Key Features

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

Moonroof

 

Proximity keyless entry

 

Synthetic leather upholstery

 

10-way power-adjustable front seats

 

8-inch touchscreen

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Rearview camera

 

Automatic high beam headlights

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

 

F-Sport suspension tuning

 

F-Sport exterior styling

 

F-Sport bolstered heated and ventilated seats

 

F-Sport interior styling

Which trim should you buy?

There really isn't any room for choice on the ES 350 F Sport since it is available in a standalone trim. We recommend the ES 350 F Sport with the Navigation package on board, but there are a number of package options you can choose from. 

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Engine and Performance

7.0/10

A faultless ride quality, smooth driving dynamics, and a joyful drive are the key focus elements behind the luxurious design of the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan. As for its engine, the ES 350 F Sport is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5L V-6, which produces 302 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard along with the engine as is the 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. 

The performance-oriented F-Sport model offers a linear flow of power throughout the rev-range for a hassle-free driving experience. Added to the agility and refined driving experience, the 8-speed automatic transmission with lightning-fast paddle shifters distributes the power even more efficiently.The car achieves 60 mph within 5.9 seconds and completes a quarter-mile distance within 14.4 seconds from rest.

Models

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

MSRP

$44,635

$ 42,300

$46,795

$40,745

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

8 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

6 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

Power

302@6,600

301@6,600

304@6,800

280@5,200

Torque

267@4,700

267@4,700

264@5,300

306@2,000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.9

5.9

6.9

5.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.4

14.4

15.4

14.1

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

130

130

N/A

The Cadillac CT5 drives the charts with its strongest power output. In second and third place, respectively, is the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD, while the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan can be found not far behind with almost identical performance data. The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti offers the least amount of power output among all models.

How well does the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport handle?

With this Lexus ES 350 F Sport, you have a truly luxury sedan that looks and drives like a track-oriented car. With the F Sport label, the driving dynamics of this ride are given an added layer of sportiness. The V6 engine under the hood provides plenty of power and responds rapidly to throttle inputs. 

There is principally a difference in suspension tuning between a Lexus ES 350 and one with F Sport branding. The F Sport suspension is inclined more towards sport than comfort, in contrast with the regular suspension that is dedicated to comfort. On the back of the ES 350 F Sport is a suspension arrangement that is set at the right stiffness, so you and your family won't feel disturbed on a long trip but can go lightning fast around some mountain corners.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Braking Performance

A sophisticated braking system is fitted to the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan. In addition to four-wheel power assisted discs, the 2020 ES 350 F-sport is equipped with four sensors and a four-channel ABS. The front wheels of the ride are fitted with 12-inch brake rotors, and the rear wheels are fitted with 11.1-inch rotors. 

Models

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12

12.9

13.6

13

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.1

11.6

12.4

12.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3649

3638

4021

3521

60-0 MPH (feet)

114

N/A

118

124

The F Sport's brake system feels and responds well, and since the curb weight is 3,649 lbs., it doesn't have a problem stopping from 60 MPH in 114 feet. The Lexus ES 350 boasts the best braking performance in its class. It comes to a complete halt in just 114 feet from 60mph. Deceleration is equally impressive on the Cadillac XTS.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport delivers 22 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. In addition to the gigantic fuel tank, the Lexus ES 350 F Sport offers a comfortable ride for long distances as well. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport has a fuel tank that holds 15.9 gallons that can keep you going for more than 400 miles on a single refill. These results are impressive for a vehicle that's powered by a V6 that generates more than 300 horsepower.

Models

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

MPG (City)

22

22

19

24

MPG (Highway)

31

32

28

33

MPG (Combined)

25

26

22

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

15.8

18.6

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

349/492/397

347/521/410

353/520/409

367/505/413

With combined mpg figures ranging from 22 to 27, all of the cars in this segment offer a similar level of fuel efficiency. Alfa Romeo Giulia tops the list for absolute fuel efficiency, while the Cadillac XTS finishes last with 22 miles per gallon.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Interior

8.0/10

With the Lexus ES 350 F Sport of 2021, buyers will get to experience premium and high-class elements, at a reasonable price point. In spite of the ES's modest price, the interior of this Lexus is elegant and popping with high-quality materials. Authentic wood and aluminum trim parts, ambient lighting, and semi-aniline leather are available upgrades if you want to enhance the cabin beyond what's standard. In terms of comfort and support, the front sport bolstered seats are unmatched. A soft-touch material covers the dash, and similar fabric covers the door panels and center armrests. 

Seating for five is available in the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport. You'll enjoy spending time in the cabin as you take in its quiet atmosphere and well-cushioned seats. Additionally, the back row is one of the biggest in its class. The front seats are power-adjustable and have NuLuxe perforation. The front seats are heated and ventilated, as well as available in genuine perforated leather. A noteworthy feature of the ES is its 16.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest in its class. A foot-operated hands-free trunk lid opens your trunk without having to set your bags down.

Models

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.5/55.9/42.4

37.4/58.3/42.1

39.0/57.9/42.1

38.6/56.1/42.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.8/54.3/39.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.8/56.3/40.0

37.6/53.6/35.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

16.7

16.09

18.0

12.0

Compared to its competitors, the Lexus ES 350 F Sport's cargo volume appears great when viewed in solidarity. Comparatively speaking, the Cadillac XTS has the most cargo space in this comparison, followed by the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350 F Sport. However, the Alfa Romeo Giulia presents the least amount of cargo space.Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control unit with pillar, console, and under-seat ducts
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support
  • Heated sports steering wheel with leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

A significant update to the technology inside the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport is that it now includes features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Although Enform offers these helpful features, it is consistently rated as one of the worst interfaces. It's hard to navigate the infotainment menus, an issue made worse by the lack of a touch screen and buttons that can't be distinguished from one another, plus a touchpad that requires extensive attention. 

A Wi-Fi hot spot, Siri Eyes Free, and an 8-inch display round out the standard features. In addition to a navigation system with a 12.3-inch display, wireless smartphone charging, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, customers can choose upgrades. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Bluetooth
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Lexus 10-speaker premium sound system
  • Satellite Radio
  • Navigation
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Wireless charger
  • AUX input and USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Dynamic voice command
  • Lexus Enform Wi-Fi

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Exterior

7.0/10

This Lexus ES 350 F Sport presents an enticing treat to the eyes, contrary to its sporting character. A large part of the difference between the ES 350 and ES 350 F Sport is a black mesh grille fronted by larger cooling ducts, one of the few visual differences between the two. F Sport trims are also equipped with 19-inch split 10-spoke alloy wheels for a more aerodynamic ride as well as a rear spoiler for enhanced aerodynamics. The grille and bumper on the front are aggressive and emphasize the sporty attitude of the Lexus. With its angular profile and black meshwork, the spindle grille with black mesh gives the headlight housing with triple beam LED headlamps a serious look. 

Models

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Curb Weight (lbs)

3649

3638

4021

3521

Length (inches)

195.9

195.9

200.9

182.5

Width (inches)

73.4

72.8

72.9

73.7

Height (inches)

56.9

55.9

59.4

57.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5*

5.3

7.8

5.7*

Wheelbase (inches)

113.0

113.0

111.7

111.0

Among the mid-size luxury sedans on the market, the Lexus ES 350 is one of the largest and widest models available. In addition to adding an edgy vibe to the ride, F-sport elements and dynamic elements add an element of sportiness to it. Major exterior features of the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport include: 

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome front bumper insert
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • 19" alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Brembo Callipers
  • Swoosh styled indicators

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Safety

9.9/10

Toyota's luxury brand Lexus offers a plethora of safety features as part of its standard equipment. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's overall safety rating, the 2020 ES 350 received five stars out of five. Its side crash test received five stars, and its frontal crash and rollover tests both received four stars. There is not yet any crash test information available for the 2020 Lexus ES from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

As standard equipment, the ES includes a rearview camera and Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. Pre-collision alert, low-light pedestrian, daytime bicyclist detection, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights make this suite of safety features unparalleled. Some of the notable safety features of the 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport 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
  • 10 airbags
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Lexus Safety System+ forward collision mitigation
  • Electronic stability
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • ABS and driveline traction control

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Competition

8.0/10

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

The Toyota Avalon TRD has been the primary competitor of the ES 350 F sport for many years now. There is a similar 3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine in each of the sedans, which is capable of producing power figures close to one another. With a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds, both the ES 350 F Sport and Avalon TRd perform similarly. However, both the interior comfort and styling of the Lexus are better than that of the Avalon, as is the price of the Lexus.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2020 Cadillac XTS FWD

Despite being the most expensive offering in the segment, the Lexus ES 350 faces major competition from the Cadillac XTS. With a price tag of $46,795, the Cadillac XTS offers the highest power output among this group. In contrast, the Cadillac XTS offers a full-fledged luxury sedan equipped with a full-time chauffeur. This makes it a great option for families and those who want to enjoy a long drive. There are a lot of similarities between the XTS and the Cadillac Escalade, but the XTS is bigger and heavier, providing a smoother ride.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The Alfa Romeo Giulia doesn't exactly exude excitement on paper, but it's impressive in person. Despite being less powerful than the Lexus ES 350, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is as quick as it is. Moreover, it is also considerably cheaper. On top of that, the Giulia looks better than the ES 350, which is another factor to consider. Although the ES 350 F Sport offers a superior overall package, the Alfa Romeo Giulia is clearly inferior.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Final Verdict

8.2/10

The new Lexus ES 350 F Sport is built for performance and comfort, equipped with a more efficient suspension and improved brakes. This model is considered one of the best in terms of performance. It has remarkable comfortable driving, a modern design, and a powerful engine. Not only that, but it is equipped with active safety features like lane departure assist, pre-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and more. With a Lexus emblem on the front grille and its interpretation of the brand's spindle grille on its front end, this vehicle offers a refined appearance that will turn heads. The bottom line, it's a great vehicle to own.

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