• Jan 4, 2009
For fifteen years, the Lexus ES has been the top-selling luxury sedan from the top-selling luxury marque in America. But after twenty years of sharing its underpinnings with the Toyota Camry, the Japanese auto giant has decided to let the two mainstay models go their separate ways. With the sportier IS sharing the duty of anchoring the lineup and a new hybrid model on its way, the ES might get scrapped altogether... but not before one last hurrah, previewed by the crude spy shot you see to the right. The 2010 Lexus ES350 will be a subtle update on the current fifth-generation model, in true Lexus style, with modest tweaks to the styling to keep it fresh for another few years. Nothing revolutionary, which means nothing to upset the model's conservative customer base, either. (That's what things like the IS-F are for.)
[Source: BurlappCars.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why doesn't this site stop using other websites for its own purposes
      and find its own stuff

        • 6 Years Ago
        This is a web-blog, not a news site like say CNN, or Autoline Detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now it looks even MORE like a Camry! Pass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As the owner of a 2000 Camry 4 banger LE just days before it turns over 100,000 miles, I am happy to say that the $5,000 I bought it for from a friend was one of the best deals I was ever offered. I purchased it in 2003 with 55,000. Starts in the most evil of mornings (recently 6.2F) warming up in just a few miles, and comfortably cool during Hot August Nights (without any window tinting). A recent trip through Mendocino to the coast on Hwy 20 confirmed that this thing really likes to corner silently and securely. (Love those Bridgestones!) And of course, as long as the road is fairly smooth...I am driving a Lexus!
      Converted Toyota buyer, Lexus Driver!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please correct me if I am wrong but, the BMW 3 Series has been the perennial best selling luxury sedan in America for decades, not the Lexus ES! Also, I have never heard of Lexus being the best selling luxury marque in America!? It is one thing for an article to be biased but this article is portraying false information!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're wrong.

        "For fifteen years, the Lexus ES has been the [top-selling luxury sedan] from the [top-selling luxury marque in America.]"

        I can't vouch for Lexus outselling its competitors, but I do know that the ES is Lexus' best-selling sedan, a distinction the article properly acknowledges.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure it is saying that Lexus is the best selling luxury brand in the US (which I have heard before), and that the ES is Lexus' best-selling vehicle. That does not mean that the ES outsells the BMW 3-series, but that Lexus overall outsells BMW in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The official luxury car for people who hate to drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While the shape and proportions of the Lexus and Camry have for generations been largely interchangeable, the interiors - where drivers spend most time - are worlds apart. The ES350's silky gliding mechanism for the center console storage lid feels like it cost more than the whole Camry dashboard. Little details like this shine on the showroom floor, which is not incidentally an entirely different experience at Lexus. Try asking a Toyota dealer if he'll wash your black car for free as many times as you want during the lease.

      I'd never drive a boring FWD Lexus. But I understand why people do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @juan c,

        I work for a Lexus dealer and they still do the car washes. I wouldn't look for that to stop anytime soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        they actually stopped doing the complementary car washes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought they did. My sister leased an RX350 last month. The free car washes were part of the reason she went for black.
      • 6 Years Ago
      do people who actually buy this thing actually know they are buying a deluxe Camry?

      this is such a golfers car though

      i have never been to a golf course without seeing this thing
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most don't know it's a Camry, even if they had a one before getting an ES300/330.
        These cars appeal toward people that don't want to think to much about the purchase and owning of a vehicle, ie not Autoblog readers, so I guess some of us can't (or won't) comprehend why these cars are so popular.

        Can you only imagine the discussion if this were about the Avalon instead of the ES? No, wait, I don't want to imagine...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you've driven both the Camry and the ES you would know that other than the chassis both cars are dramatically different. The ES has a much higher quality of leather and interior materials, not to mention more tech toys. It's quieter, smoother, and more refined overall. The Porsche Cayenne and VW Toureg share the same chassis but it is far from a deluxe Toureg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I doubt it, though it's a bit unfair to pick on the ES since there are/were similar cases across all of autodom. In defense of some of those customers, entry-level cars like the IS do not satisfy their criteria of luxury (namely that it's cozier and offers a firmer ride). But between the ES' steady loss of its stylistic advantage after the second-generation car and the ascent of the Avalon's market position, I personally feel that the differences are so trivial that I'd do just as well to buy the latter and pocket the change.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your a idioit......if you really think that this is just a Camry....Your dont really now anything about it and just being ignorant.


        The Lexus ES is a wonderful car...very well built, much luxury and will last a long time problem free and its powerful.

        If i was in the market for this i would buy this car....in pearl white :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      may be it disconnected the ES for the next generation Camry/Avalon

      to make them much more higher quality
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm actually sad that the Lexus ES must die. It was a great car (and yes, it is fast; look at how well the new one accelerates, quarter-miles, etc.) more so because it catered to the pure-luxury (not sport-luxury) market; Lexus had a great marketing strategy when it made the IS as the 3 Series fighter and the ES as the cushy cruiser.
      The Acura TL (and Vigor before it) was actually developed as a response to the ES. Now that the ES will die, the TL has no excuses for driving badly.
      • 6 Years Ago

      It sells to people who want a plush ride and refinement. Not for enthusiasts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't really see Lexus dropping the ES. Far as I know, it still sells well and attracts different customers than does the IS and even GS(350).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope they don't. The ES and IS are like night and day. Lexus would be a fool to give up the ES.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...Cadillac SRX..."
      The current SRX does not share a platform with any other car but Cadillacs.
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