Huge back seat; standard safety tech; surprisingly sharp driving manners; powerful engine for the money; thrifty hybrid model
Frustrating Remote Touch interface; all-wheel drive is unavailable; cabin feels somewhat confining
The Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid have been completely redesigned for 2019. Read more about what changed in 2018 vs 2019 Lexus ES: What's the Difference?
If you don't care about performance, seriously consider the hybrid. You should save enough on gas to earn back the 300h's modest price premium within three years, while also making far fewer trips to the gas station. If you do care about performance, get the F Sport. It makes the ES feel like a junior LS, which is a very good thing.
Both the Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h are available in base, Luxury and Ultra Luxury trim levels. The ES 350 is also available as the F Sport.
Standard equipment on the base ES 350 ($39,600) and ES 300h ($41,410) includes 17-in wheels, bi-LED headlights, automatic highbeams, a sunroof, proximity entry and push-button start, forward-collision warning with pedestrian/bicycle detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 8-way power front seats (with 2-way power lumbar), NuLuxe simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, four USB ports, the Remote Touch infotainment system (an 8-in display, touchpad controller), 4G Wi-Fi, Lexus Enform emergency communications, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa connectivity, and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and HD and satellite radios.
The Premium package adds automatic wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and driver memory settings. This package is included in all of the below packages.
The Luxury (ES 350 $42,255; ES 300h $44,065) includes the Premium package plus leather upholstery, heated mirrors, acoustic side glass, wood trim and ambient interior lighting.
The Ultra Luxury (ES 350 $43,250; ES 300h $45,060) adds all of the above plus an upgraded suspension, a handsfree power trunk, upgrade leather upholstery, manual rear side sunshades and a power rear sunshade.
Finally, the ES 350 F Sport ($44,135) includes the Premium package plus unique styling and interior trim, 19-in wheels, the Ultra Luxury's upgraded suspension, enhanced engine noise, a digital gauge cluster (shared with the LC and other F Sport Lexus models) and sport seats. Exclusive options include an adaptive suspension and a sport steering wheel available with or without heating.
There are a multitude of stand-alone items available, but their availability depends on the region in which you live. Some may also only be available in conjunction with other options or packages.
These options include 18-in wheels, parking sensors, enhanced parking sensors with pedestrian detection and a surround-view parking camera system, a blind spot warning system, the hands-free power trunk, a panoramic sunroof, upgraded "Triple Beam" adaptive LED headlights, a head-up display, the power rear sunshade, wireless smartphone charging, a Mark Levinson audio system upgrade and a navigation system that brings with it a 12.3-in display for the Remote Touch system.
|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|
2019 Toyota Avalon -- Also all-new for 2019 and mechanically related to the ES 350, the Avalon won't offer the style, brand recognition or driving experience of its Lexus sibling. It will save you money, though.
2019 Buick LaCrosse -- If the new ES 350 has become a little too sporty and less comfort-focused for your liking, the Buick LaCrosse is a handsome, well-made large sedan that can seriously be considered an ES alternative.
Used Lexus GS -- If you're looking for a used Lexus sedan with a little more driving verve, we'd suggest skipping a used ES and instead consider the GS. It's a bit bigger, more luxurious, and yes, more engaging to drive.