I had looked and test drove many cars before buying my Lexus. It is so comfortable in the driver's seat that I wish I can bring it into my TV room. The ride is quiet; one can hardly heard the road sounds. Performance is outstanding and the structure itself seems very secure. I was looking uppermost for safety, quality and performance and received all three. My only disappointments are that the trunk design and inside compartments in my previous car, 2004 Toyota Solara were superior. Outside of that, I love my Lexus and I have received many compliments on the color, Cashmere Satin.
Seat comfort; heated seats; navigation; leather steering wheel; safety features include airbags for backseat passengers.
Check out Toyota Solara's trunk and try to duplicate it in the Lexus. It has handy permanent slots on the side to hold stuff and seems to have more space.
We researched several automobiles since coming off our lease for a 525 BMW. The 525 was nice but the dealership wasn't great. We wanted something similar to the BMW but did not want to be in the $50k category. We looked at the La Crosse (impressive) and the Ford Taurus (equally impressive. Both terrific cars with all the bells and whistles but the Lexus appeared to be the industry standard for luxury, comfort and performance. Dealership is also over-the-top for service (I bought and RX there)and sales. Helped me get out of my lease early too!
Style and looks, interior space, ride
Upgrade audio to 21st Century standards. bigger trunk of fold down seats.
I drove the Hyundai Genesis (alleged Lexus killer) was disappointed with ride not even close to the Lexus. Tried the Nissan Maxima which this car replaced, nice car but that single speed tranny was very strange. Also tried the Infiniti G37, a good performer and quiet ride but it can't touch the Lexus ES350. Get the nav with the back up camera, the rear deck lid sits high and the camera will really help when backing up. When you're test driving it just take note and compare it against any other car you're considering. Then the choice will be easy. You'll pick the Lexus ES350. Great car!
Nav, back up camera, voice activated controls, blue tooth, heated/cooled seats, awesome smooth ride.
1200 miles is not enough for an accurate rating, but a couple of items really irk me. First being the destination cannot be changed while driving unless you pull over or call the enform service that will COST you $250 bucks after the first year. Second is the audio. Lexus says for safety reasons you are blocked out of scrolling for artist on the IPOD, USB and CDs. However can you can scroll tracks, select from over 200 satellite channels and have full use of a Blue tooth capable portable player. What's that all about? It should be all or nothing. And if it is nothing they will be at a competitive disadvantage. Lexus needs to have a consumer focus group on this one.
Traded in 09 Highlander Hybrid due to poor mpg, hard ride, poor driver interior space, and trans "braking" function useless when in the mountains needing lower gearing for down hill. Cold weather, elevation, 10% ethanol gas lowered the Highlander Hybrid mpg to 19 mpg city and low 20's highway. Looked at Venza, Camry, Crosstour, C300, E350. Nothing could beat the ES350 in overall driving experience and quality for the price. Lexus customer sales service in purchase of the ES350 beat everyone! Getting 29 mpg on interstate at 75-80 mph! Getting 23+ mpg driving in city! Beats the Highlander Hybrid mpg! Highlander Hybrid Limited interior appears cheap compared to ES350 interior.
Nav, back up camera, park assist, leather interior, dash design, fit/finish, interior design, manual shift capability, and overall perfect quality. Initially thought park assist was not needed, but is great to have!
Only minor suggestions. Cup holder under center console arm rest, similar to 2010 Prius. Coin holder would be nice too!