1996 Lexus ES 300: Rainy Weather Performance
December 01, 2012
There's a funny caption somewhere in this photo, but I won't go there. I swear that I was at this strip mall (no pun intended) on official Edmunds business.
I drove our 1996 Lexus ES 300 up to Saugus, a community that's about 32 miles away from the office. There was a light rain throughout most of the drive and the roads were pretty slick. Here are a few observations on how the Lexus performs in the rain.
Our all-season Kumho tires held up quite well. The car never hydroplaned, even with speeds of up to 70 mph.
The rear windshield could use a coat of Rain X, because the water didn't bead away. It just accumulated and made it hard to see out the back.
The Bosch wipers we bought in March are still in good shape and did a great job of clearing the windshield. But I think the wiper motor may be on its last legs. It seems to struggle to move the blades and squeaks at the low speed or intermittent setting.
The toughest part about driving the Lexus in the rain was dealing with other drivers (people who follow too closely, people without their headlights on, etc.).
Do you have any rainy-day driving pet peeves?
Ron Montoya Consumer Advice Editor @ 151,966 miles