We had been shopping around for our new family sedan for a long time. Eventually, no other options came close to the ES350 in terms of style, build quality, luxury, comfort, value, and fuel economy. I actually disagree with comments about this not being a "sporty" car: I have driven many "sporty" sedans, and I find the ES350 to be perfectly adequate and entertaining at legal speeds on a typical US public road: it is safe, predictable and agile enough to please its driver. And 30 m.p.g. are very easy to get in normal driving, very impressive! We have seen 31 mpg. tank average (real) during its first road trip (less than 1,000 miles on the odometer).
Style, Lexus materials and perfect build quality, luxury, comfort, value, impressive fuel economy, reliability. NOTHING on this car reminds you of its Camry platform mate. The body is incredibly tight and precisely assembled.
Rear seat back does not fold (there is a ski pass-through, though).