2021 Lexus ES 250

MSRP range: $40,000 - $49,000
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MSRP$46,970
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Based on nearby sales up through June 14th
$42,868

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2021 Lexus ES 250 Review

  • Comfortable and mostly upscale interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Standard all-wheel drive on all ES 250 trims
  • Plenty of space for the price
  • Sluggish acceleration with inline-four engine
  • Finicky infotainment interface
  • Rear seats don't fold down
  • New ES variant with four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive
  • Part of the seventh ES generation introduced for 2019

The seventh-generation Lexus ES debuted a few years ago, and for 2021 the four-cylinder-powered ES 250 joins the V6-powered ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid models. It's not as powerful as the V6-equipped ES 350 — 203 horsepower compared to 302 hp — but it comes with just as many features and has a lower price. Plus, it has something no other ES model can claim: standard all-wheel drive.

Aside from the engine, the ES 250 is generally the same as the ES 350 and 300h. This is a comfortable and well-appointed midsize luxury sedan. But how much does having a modestly powered four-cylinder engine dampen the luxury car experience, especially compared to rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class? Or should you get an ES 350 instead? Check out the categories of our Expert Rating below for our full in-depth evaluation.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    7.7/10
    The Lexus ES 250 finally brings an all-wheel-drive powertrain to the ES lineup. Unfortunately, the 250's lethargic four-cylinder engine is unworthy of being in a luxury car such as this. Unless you absolutely need the AWD system, the V6-powered ES 350 is a better buy. The ES 250's endearing qualities are otherwise present in the ES 350 as well.

Which ES 250 does Edmunds recommend?

Go for the ES 250 Luxury. This midlevel trim has many appealing extras over the base trim while keeping the price reasonable. Get the optional Mark Levinson audio system too; you'll definitely enjoy its superb sound quality. Don't bother with the F Sport, though — if you want a sporty Lexus, the IS 300 and 350 are better choices.

Lexus ES 250 models

The ES 250 is available in four trim levels: Base, F Sport, Luxury and Ultra Luxury. All ES 250s are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the other two models, all ES 250s come standard with all-wheel drive. Feature highlights include:

Base
Comes reasonably well equipped with:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration
  • 10-speaker Pioneer audio system
  • Lexus Enform connected services

Every ES 250 also comes with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, which includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)

Optional for the base ES 250 is the Premium package. It adds:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Memory settings
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel

F Sport
As the name implies, the F Sport is the sportiest ES 250 trim available. Upgrades and features include:

  • Standard Premium package
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • Sportier exterior trim
  • Thicker front seat bolstering

Luxury
The Luxury trim builds off the base ES 250 and serves as a more comfortable counterpart to the F Sport trim. Features on the ES 250 Luxury include:

  • Standard Premium package
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Wood interior trim
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • Additional driver's seat adjustments
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Rear parking sensors with low-speed automatic braking

Ultra Luxury
The top-level Ultra Luxury trim includes features, adding:

  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the ES 250 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Heated wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Rear door sunshades
  • Upgraded suspension
  • Navigation system

Many of the extra features on the upper trims can be added to the lower trims as options. Other notable stand-alone options include:

  • Upgraded headlights
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
  • 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system (typically bundled with the navigation system)
  • Wireless phone charger

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Lexus ES 250.

Average user rating: 3.0 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 0%
4 star reviews: 50%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 50%
1 star reviews: 0%

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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    2/5 stars, Extremely under powered
    John,
    4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
    Brought my older es350 in for service and got a 2021 es250 as a loaner. I was thinking on trading my es350 for newer model since in am nearing 150k miles but after driving the new es250 I will be keeping my old one. Biggest first impression is the vehicle is extremely under powered and takes excessive throttle input to get it to move. 4 cylinder engine is loud and feels like I am driving a Toyota Corolla. Interior feels cheap and not like previous models and has one of if not the worst stereo I have ever heard in a car. Very cheap...I feel like Lexus really missed the mark and I can’t see them selling many of these cars. I predict they will drop this model after a couple years as I can’t see who would buy this. If you like this car you should buy a Camry as they are probably similar except Camry has better stereo
    4/5 stars, Great luxury car for the money
    Brian ,
    Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)
    Other poster talked about cheap interior and bad stereo. Luxury version has leather seats. Mark Levinson upgrade provides great stereo. Features are as good or better than what you find on higher priced cars. ES250 isn't powerful but I got 37 mpg on a long trip. I would like to see better ambient lighting.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $40,000
    MPG & Fuel
    25 City / 34 Hwy / 28 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: all wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 203 hp @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 195.9 in. / Height: 57.1 in. / Width: 73.4 in.
    Curb Weight: 3780 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.9 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite ES 250 safety features:

    Blind-Spot Monitoring
    Uses radar to detect when vehicles are alongside and alerts the driver to potential side collision due to a lane change maneuver.
    Lexus Enform Safety Connect
    Provides automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency button inside the cabin, and enhanced roadside assistance.
    Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
    Bundles a variety of standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.5%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Lexus ES 250 vs. the competition

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    2021 Lexus ES 250

    2021 Acura TLX

    2021 Acura TLX

    Lexus ES 250 vs. Acura TLX

    The Acura TLX was fully redesigned for 2021. It packs an all-new interior and exterior design, updated tech and new powertrains. It's larger than before, though backseat passengers don't have quite as much space as in the Lexus. It also lacks the ES 250's standard all-wheel drive. But it is both more enjoyable to drive and more comfortable.

    Compare Lexus ES 250 & Acura TLX features 

    Lexus ES 250 vs. Audi A4

    The Audi A4 benefits from a recent update that did a good bit to keep one of the oldest luxury sedans feeling fresh. The interior is comfortable and well appointed, though it doesn't have quite as much space as the Lexus. Standard all-wheel drive is a boon, and we're fans of the A4's turbocharged engine and easy-to-use in-car tech.

    Compare Lexus ES 250 & Audi A4 features 

    Lexus ES 250 vs. BMW 3 Series

    The BMW 3 Series is much more athletic and rewarding to drive than the ES 250, and even the base engine in the BMW makes the Lexus feel sluggish in comparison. Like most other sedans, it lacks the ES 250's standard all-wheel drive or rear seat space. It's interior isn't as comfortable either, though we do like the overall design and premium feel.

    Compare Lexus ES 250 & BMW 3 Series features 

    FAQ

    Is the Lexus ES 250 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 ES 250 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Lexus ES 250 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the ES 250 gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ES 250 has 13.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lexus ES 250. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lexus ES 250:

    • New ES variant with four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive
    • Part of the seventh ES generation introduced for 2019
    Learn more

    Is the Lexus ES 250 reliable?

    To determine whether the Lexus ES 250 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ES 250. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ES 250's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Lexus ES 250 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lexus ES 250 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 ES 250 and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 ES 250 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    The least-expensive 2021 Lexus ES 250 is the 2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $40,000.

    Other versions include:

    • Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $49,000
    • F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $45,800
    • Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $45,200
    • 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) which starts at $40,000
    Learn more

    What are the different models of Lexus ES 250?

    If you're interested in the Lexus ES 250, the next question is, which ES 250 model is right for you? ES 250 variants include Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A). For a full list of ES 250 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Lexus ES 250

    2021 Lexus ES 250 Overview

    The 2021 Lexus ES 250 is offered in the following submodels: ES 250 Sedan. Available styles include F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), and Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A). Lexus ES 250 models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 203 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Lexus ES 250 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Lexus ES 250 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 ES 250 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 ES 250.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 ES 250 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,970. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,102 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,102 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,868.

    The average savings for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 7 2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,920. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,588 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,588 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,332.

    The average savings for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Lexus ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Lexus ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,680. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,193 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,193 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,487.

    The average savings for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

    2021 Lexus ES 250 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A)

    The 2021 Lexus ES 250 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,325. The average price paid for a new 2021 Lexus ES 250 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is trending $4,366 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $4,366 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,959.

    The average savings for the 2021 Lexus ES 250 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2021 Lexus ES 250 Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    2021 Lexus ES 250 F SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
    28 compined MPG,
    25 city MPG/34 highway MPG

    2021 Lexus ES 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
    28 compined MPG,
    25 city MPG/34 highway MPG

    2021 Lexus ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
    28 compined MPG,
    25 city MPG/34 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG28
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainall wheel drive
    Displacement2.5 L
    Passenger Volume113.8 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase113.0 in.
    Length195.9 in.
    Width73.4 in.
    Height57.1 in.
    Curb Weight3780 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Lexus ES 250?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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