After 8 years with my volvo S-80 it was time for change. I looked at the new S80 and the Toyota Avalon. The S80 was much like my 2000 and too much money considering the questionable quality of my old car. The Avalon was a good driving car but seemed a bit boxy. Driving the ES 350 was the clincher. Fun, quiet, responsive and comfortable. The Lexus trunk is a better shape than either of the others and the opening much larger.
The tilt-down side view mirrors in reverse and the auto dimming. The quiet ride. Quietest car I have ever driven. A responsive driving machine.
The seat back is very comfortable but the seat itself could stand improvement. The "key" could be smaller. The front bumper could be higher. You have to be careful when parking with concrete stops. If they are a little high you scrape bottom. The transmission is not as smooth as my Toyota Solara.