Spacious, quiet and comfortable; excellent hybrid fuel economy; up-to-date technology; perfect crash-test scores
As exciting as a nap on the couch
The ES receives LED fog lights and available bamboo trim across the lineup (previously limited to the ES 300h)
The 2014 ES 350 is a pretty good deal right out of the box. See if you can keep the price under $40,000 -- that's not much more than some top-of-the-line family sedans, and you're getting Lexus cachet and resale value, too.
The 2014 Lexus ES is offered in two trim levels -- the ES 350 with the conventional V6 and the ES 300h with hybrid power.
The ES 350 ($37,380) comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, xenon headlights, LED running lights/fog lights/taillights, a sunroof, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, keyless entry/ignition, synthetic leather upholstery (NuLuxe), piano-black interior trim, 10-way power front seats, three selectable driving modes (Normal, Eco, Sport), dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 3.5-in color driver information display, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, a 6-CD changer and satellite radio.
The ES 300h ($40,260) gets different 17-in alloys, a concealed exhaust outlet, hybrid badging and hybrid-specific gauges and information displays.
Standalone options include a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure alert, a collision-mitigation system with adaptive cruise control, heated seats (NuLuxe upholstery only), a heated wood and leather steering wheel, bamboo interior trim, a power trunklid, parking sensors, a power rear sunshade and 18-in wheels.
The Navigation package adds voice recognition, a rearview camera, a hard-drive-based navigation system, Enform mobile-app integration, the mouse-like Remote Touch controller and an 8-in central display screen. This package can be bundled with the Mark Levinson audio system, which includes an 835-watt surround-sound setup with 15 speakers and DVD audio/video.
The Luxury package tacks on driver-memory functions, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, heated/ventilated seats and leather upholstery, while the Ultra Luxury package throws in ambient lighting, a driver-seat cushion extender and a panoramic sunroof.
Trunk space in the ES 350 is 15.2 cu ft, dropping to 12.1 cu ft in the ES 300h due to the rear-mounted battery pack.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
Cadillac XTS -- The big Caddy is more expensive than the Lexus, but you might find its expressive styling worth the stretch.
Toyota Avalon -- Priced lower than the ES, the roomy, stylish Avalon offers the same powertrains and many of the same features.
Hyundai Azera -- With all the bells and whistles, the Azera stacks up well with the ES 350 and costs less.