My husband and I had matching ES 350's. My 2 boys and I were traveling in Washington DC one evening and were T-Boned by a guy going about 50 mph who ran a stop light. My ES 350 saved all 3 of us, it was amazing how the car took over, spun around and landed perfectly between the lines of the road and disengaged itself. The car was totaled but we all walked away. The police officer said we would have had a fatality if not for the safety of that car.
Great car for the money and cradles you when you sit. I drive 70 miles a day and the drive to and from work is the best part of my day. Got 8000 miles on it already and I try not to fall asleep every day on the way home in the comfortable seats. Dealership service is second to none.
Bluetooth, Parking sensors and rear view camera.
Standard sound system is absolutely horrible. The rattles drive me nuts, even after two visits to the dealership.
In many ways this car is very nice. It is solid and fast contrary to most user opinions. Even though the car is quiet....it is hard to explain you can hear rattles and noises that are annoying. BMW and Mercedes are better built cars but the ES 350 feels better when you are in the car purely for comfort. The ES 350 needs to get rid of the rattles.
More room space and ergonomically a better car than Mercedes and BMW.
Get rid of the rattles. The outside design of the car can be boring. The driver's seat needs more cushion for the back.
Smooth serene (very minimal wind noise at 70 MPH) luxurious ride on freeways. My previous '93 LS 400 (AIR SUSPENSION) however, was still noticeably smoother on bumpy roads. The Mark Levinson's CLARITY is auditory nirvana. Bluetooth, navigation, parking assists, and backup camera are highly useful features. Glovebox is small; SECRET: there is an elastic strap in its upper right FRONT corner to secure the HUGE owner's manual to the small ledge at the back of the glovebox. Center storage console's capacity is better in the 2010 design. Only serious competitor for IMMEDIATE VALUE is the Hyundai Genesis, but can be jittery over bumpy roads with unknown reliability and likely faster DEPRECIATION.
Mark Levinson, Bluetooth, Navigation, Rain sensing wipers, Park assist, Backup camera
After less than 3000 miles driving conservatively (ie, COMBINED mileage of 27 MPG), there are a few small rock chips on my front bumper/hood. The paint is SOFTER than my previous LS. Allegedly, Toyota has a new more RESILIENT clearcoat on the new 2010 LS 460. A clear bra may be the solution for now.