2016 ES 350 New Car Test Drive
The Lexus ES is a mid-size front-wheel-drive luxury sedan built on the Toyota Avalon platform. Its emphasis is comfort over sport. Two drivetrains are available.
The Lexus ES 350 comes with a strong 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission. The 268-horsepower V6 is EPA-rated at 21/31 mpg City/Highway.
The Lexus ES 300h features a hybrid gas-electric powerplant that is surprisingly quick and responsive. The ES 300h uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and generator. The vivid hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 40/39 mpg City/Highway. The hybrid offers three driving modes: Eco, Power, and EV, which runs all-electric for short distances at slower speed.
This seventh-generation ES was launched as a 2013 model. For 2016, the styling has been revised and new features have been added.
The 2016 Lexus ES leaves some of its subdued styling behind, with a new nose that shows off a signature spindle grille that's bigger and more aggressive, and flaunts flashy LED headlamps. The front fascia is bold too. The taillights are shaped like the letter L, and the exhaust tips are trapezoids. There are new wheels for 2016 Lexus ES models, as well.
Inside, the environment is airy and sophisticated. The information display screen increases in size from 3.5 to 4.2 inches for 2016. Also, the 2016 Lexus ES has an optional safety package with pre-collision, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high/low beams, and adaptive cruise control. A blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert are also available.
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 ($38,000) comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic along with excellent faux leather upholstery, Bluetooth, XM HD radio, eight-speaker audio, and a sunroof.
The Lexus ES 300h ($40,920) features a hybrid gas-electric powerplant. (Prices are MSRP, can change at any time without notice, and do not include destination charge.).