2020 Lexus ES 350

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Sedans have been declining in popularity lately, as so many buyers turn to crossovers and SUVs. Rather than relinquish the market to those popular vehicles, Lexus remains focused on the value and details of its sedan selection. The 2020 Lexus ES, in particular, delivers sharper handling than expected from a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan, while providing excellent fuel economy and retaining its core virtues as a Lexus.

For the 2020 model year, the Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h add some standard features, including power-folding mirrors on Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport models. Android Auto compatibility is now standard, joining the existing Apple CarPlay. A rear spoiler is available on ES 350 models. Blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert may be added to base models, if equipped with the Premium package.

Three versions are available, each with its own personality: ES 350, ES 350 F Sport, and ES 300h. Both the ES 350 and the hybrid ES 300h come in base, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury trim levels.

Each ES 350, including the F Sport, uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Other Lexus and Toyota vehicles use the same V-6.

For a more engaging road experience, the ES 350 F Sport features adaptive dampers and sportier tires, mounted on taller wheels. A special Sport+ mode provides more steering heft and sharper throttle responses.

The ES 300h hybrid substitutes in a gasoline/electric powertrain, in which a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine is teamed with two electric motors, connected to a nickel-metal hydride battery. The combination is rated at 215 hp.

All ES sedans mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is unavailable.

As expected, the ES 300h hybrid yields fine gas mileage, while regular ES sedans rank average. The ES 350 is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, and 26 combined. Bigger wheels on the ES 350 F Sport reduce fuel economy to 22/31/25 mpg. The hybrid ES 300h is rated at an impressive 43/44/44 mpg.

Safety is a welcome highlight of the Lexus ES. In addition to scoring well (but not perfectly) in crash tests, the sedan comes with a bountiful complement of collision-avoidance technology. Outward visibility is good, too.

Federal testers for the NHTSA rated the 2020 ES at five stars overall, while the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+, provided that it's fitted with more costly LED headlights. Those triple-beam headlights earned a 'Good'? score, whereas standard LEDs were deemed 'Acceptable.”

All ES sedans come with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. All but the base model also get blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.
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Sedans have been declining in popularity lately, as so many buyers turn to crossovers and SUVs. Rather than relinquish the market to those popular vehicles, Lexus remains focused on the value and details of its sedan selection. The 2020 Lexus ES, in particular, delivers sharper handling than expected from a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan, while providing excellent fuel economy and retaining its core virtues as a Lexus.

For the 2020 model year, the Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h add some standard features, including power-folding mirrors on Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport models. Android Auto compatibility is now standard, joining the existing Apple CarPlay. A rear spoiler is available on ES 350 models. Blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert may be added to base models, if equipped with the Premium package.

Three versions are available, each with its own personality: ES 350, ES 350 F Sport, and ES 300h. Both the ES 350 and the hybrid ES 300h come in base, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury trim levels.

Each ES 350, including the F Sport, uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Other Lexus and Toyota vehicles use the same V-6.

For a more engaging road experience, the ES 350 F Sport features adaptive dampers and sportier tires, mounted on taller wheels. A special Sport+ mode provides more steering heft and sharper throttle responses.

The ES 300h hybrid substitutes in a gasoline/electric powertrain, in which a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine is teamed with two electric motors, connected to a nickel-metal hydride battery. The combination is rated at 215 hp.

All ES sedans mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is unavailable.

As expected, the ES 300h hybrid yields fine gas mileage, while regular ES sedans rank average. The ES 350 is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, and 26 combined. Bigger wheels on the ES 350 F Sport reduce fuel economy to 22/31/25 mpg. The hybrid ES 300h is rated at an impressive 43/44/44 mpg.

Safety is a welcome highlight of the Lexus ES. In addition to scoring well (but not perfectly) in crash tests, the sedan comes with a bountiful complement of collision-avoidance technology. Outward visibility is good, too.

Federal testers for the NHTSA rated the 2020 ES at five stars overall, while the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick+, provided that it's fitted with more costly LED headlights. Those triple-beam headlights earned a 'Good'? score, whereas standard LEDs were deemed 'Acceptable.”

All ES sedans come with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. All but the base model also get blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.
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$39,900 - $44,635 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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$2,104 - $2,609 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 3.5L V-6
MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 302 @ 6600 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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