My wife had never heard of the ES300 model. She had her mind set on a C class Mercedes. We test drove the C class and she was all disappointed. Took her down the street from the Mercedes to test drive the ES and it was love at first test drive. For a car that sells for under $35K, it is better equipped than some of the other MFR's that have their models for 10K more. The ride is amazingly comfortable. Everything is automatic. The seats are great and the sound system - even the base system - is awesome. The power is not great which they took care of in the ES330 model and the transmission seems to have a mind of it's own. The CVT tranny takes the fun out of driving it.
Luxury, great ride, great sound system, everything automated and the royal treatment at the dealership. When I tell my friends w/ Porsches, Mercedes and BMWs how the Lexus customers are treated, their jaws hit the ground. Customer service is TOP NOTCH !!!