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2018 Lexus ES 350

Original MSRP Range
$38,950
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
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2018 Lexus ES 350

What We Like

Spacious, quiet and comfortable; excellent hybrid fuel economy; perfect crash-test scores; Lexus build quality

What We Don't

As exciting as a nap on the couch; blind spot monitoring should be standard in a luxury vehicle like this

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Lexus ES 350?

A new Premier options bundle is introduced for the ES 350. Lexus Enform Safety Connect (featuring automatic collision notification, stolen-vehicle location, emergency assistance button and roadside assistance) is now free for the first 10 years (it was previously complimentary for one year). See the 2018 Lexus ES models for sale near you

Which ES 350 is the Best?

The hybrid doesn't cost much more than the regular version, but it will still take some time and some miles to recoup the difference in fuel savings. Both models come with a lot of standard equipment before delving into the options, but make sure blind spot monitoring is included. An updated ES is anticipated in the next year or two.

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How Much Does a 2018 Lexus ES 350 Cost?

The 2018 Lexus ES is available in two forms: the ES 350 with the conventional V6 and the hybrid-powered ES 300h.

The ES 350 ($39,945) comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/start, three selectable driving modes (Normal, Eco and Sport), a sunroof, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera and LED low beams/running lights/fog lights/taillights. The cabin sports synthetic, perforated leather upholstery (NuLuxe), piano-black trim, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a self-dimming rearview mirror. Metallic, pearl and mica exterior paint colors have a scratch-resistant clear coat on the lower body panels at no extra cost.

Tech toys include Lexus Enform Remote smartphone app compatibility, 3.5-in color driver information display, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free iPhone voice control, 7-in touchscreen, 8-speaker sound system with iPod/USB connectivity, 6-CD changer, satellite radio and a universal garage door opener.

The ES 300h ($42,815) has 17-in alloys of a different design, a concealed exhaust outlet and hybrid-specific gauges, information displays and badging.

Individual options include bi-LED head lamps, heated/ventilated seats, heated wood/leather steering wheel, bamboo trim, powered trunk lid, parking sensors, powered rear sunshade, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and 18-in wheels.

The Navigation package includes voice recognition, a hard-drive-based navigation system, an 8-in central display and the mouselike Remote Touch controller. This package can be bundled with the Mark Levinson audio system -- an 835-watt surround-sound setup with 15 speakers and DVD audio/video. The Levinson system is also available by itself.

The new-for-2018 Premier package for the ES 350 brings driver's-seat memory settings, heated/ventilated seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors front and rear, and wood trim. The Luxury package adds leather upholstery. The Ultra Luxury package throws in a panoramic sunroof, powered rear sunshade/manual door sunshades, ambient lighting, powered trunk lid, driver's-seat cushion extender, front passenger-seat memory settings and higher-grade leather trim.

The Premium package for the ES 300h has driver's-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel and choices of wood trim. The hybrid's Luxury package adds leather upholstery and heated/ventilated front seats.

Trunk space in the ES 350 is 15.2 cu ft., dropping to 12.1 cu ft. in the ES 300h because of its battery pack.

Safety

The Lexus ES comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, 10 airbags, lane-departure alert and collision mitigation with adaptive cruise control.

The ES scored a perfect five stars across the board in government crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also gave the ES its highest "Good" rating in all categories.

ES 350 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
ES Models ES 350 FWD$38,950 / $36,4856 Cylinder26821 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Ultra Luxury Pkg
  • Luxury Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Power Trunk Release

Competition

2018 Lexus ES 350 vs the competition

2018 Nissan Maxima -- Generous with space, but leans toward the sportier end of the driving-experience spectrum.

2018 Toyota Avalon -- Priced lower than the ES, the roomy, stylish Avalon offers the same powertrains and many of the same features.

 2018 Hyundai Azera -- With all the bells and whistles, the Azera stacks up well against the ES 350 and costs less.

2018 Kia Cadenza -- Lots of standard equipment and passenger space. Not as sophisticated as a Lexus.

Used Lexus LS -- An LS with low miles could be bought for the price of a new ES. It will probably be a few years old, but the rear- or all-wheel-drive V8-powered LS is swifter and even smoother than its smaller sibling.

Lexus ES 350 News & Reviews

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