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 2015 ES adds a few notable standard features, including perforated upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen interface and a smartphone app with remote vehicle access.
The 2015 ES 350 is a pretty good deal right out of the box. See if you can keep the price in the vicinity of $40,000; that's not much more than some top-of-the-line family sedans, and you'll get Lexus cachet and resale value, too. Find a Lexus ES for sale
The 2015 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 ($38,625) comes standard with 17-in alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, xenon headlights, LED running lights, fog lights and taillights, a sunroof, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, Lexus Enform Remote smartphone-app compatibility, keyless entry/start, perforated synthetic-leather upholstery (NuLuxe), piano-black interior trim, 10-way power front seats, three selectable driving modes (Normal, Eco and 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, Siri Eyes Free iPhone voice control, a 7-in touchscreen and an 8-speaker sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, a 6-CD changer and satellite radio.
The ES 300h ($41,505) gets different 17-in alloys, a concealed exhaust outlet, hybrid badging and hybrid-specific gauges and information displays.
Stand-alone options include a blind spot monitoring system 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 trunk lid, 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, the mouselike 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 power trunk lid, a driver's-seat-cushion extender and a panoramic sunroof.
Offered with limited availability is a Crafted Line package that includes many of these extra luxuries, plus a 2-tone interior with matching luggage.
Trunk space in the ES 350 is 15.2 cu ft., dropping to 12.1 cu ft. in the ES 300h due to its 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|
2015 Toyota Avalon -- Priced lower than the ES, the roomy, stylish Avalon offers the same powertrains and many of the same features.
2015 Hyundai Azera -- With all the bells and whistles, the Azera stacks up well with the ES 350 and costs less.
Used Lexus LS -- You can find a top-dog LS with low miles for the price of a new ES. Granted, it'll likely be a few years old, but the rear- or all-wheel-drive, V8-powered LS is swifter and even smoother than its little sibling.