Used 2003 Lexus ES 300

Pros & Cons

  • Comprehensive array of luxury and convenience features, superb ride quality, smooth and silent V6, advanced safety technology, excellent reputation for reliability.
  • Bland driving characteristics, less powerful than most competitors, many of the desired features and options are expensive, no split-folding rear seat.
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List Price Estimate
$3,779 - $9,060

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Packed with features and safety equipment, the ES 300 sets the standard for entry-level luxury sedans -- as long as "luxury" is the most important part of this segment for you.

2003 Highlights

Completely redesigned last year, the 2003 ES 300's only change is the addition of power-adjustable pedals.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Lexus ES 300.

Average user rating: 4.7 stars
121 total reviews
5 star reviews: 76%
4 star reviews: 17%
3 star reviews: 5%
2 star reviews: 2%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • interior
  • comfort
  • road noise
  • driving experience
  • appearance
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • sound system
  • handling & steering
  • value
  • ride quality
  • seats
  • infotainment system
  • dashboard
  • brakes
  • climate control
  • safety
  • technology
  • transmission
  • maintenance & parts
  • fuel efficiency
  • doors
  • acceleration
  • visibility
  • oil
  • spaciousness
  • engine
  • lights
  • warranty

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.625/5 stars, Satisfied Customer
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
This vehicle handles well on the highway it has a kick during take off. I'm happy with the space I tend to let others drive and ride in the back. It also does good under cold conditions the engine remains quiet and warms up quickly. Overall I'm happy with my decision. By the way it has a nice sound system. The navigation is pretty accurate for the most part.
4.875/5 stars, Typical Lexus Quality
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this Lexus online with 51,000 miles as a lease turn-in for my wife. It is even better than expected. The interior was nearly flawless with the most supple leather seats I have ever sat in. I read numerous reviews saying it lacked power, but I have not found that to be true. It was made to be a luxury vehicle, not a fast sports car. The ride is smooth and quiet. It is very different from her last 1993 ES 300 that had over 215,000 miles.
4.5/5 stars, A top quality car
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought the car new in 2003. Got a very good deal. Have put 150K miles on it. The last trip averaged 27-30 mpg. No major problems. The trans does still act funny every once in a while like most ES-300's. I noticed a lot of people had problems with the rear door window. I've replaced the switch twice. It still rides like new and looks it. The value is around $10K. I wouldn't sell it for $15K
4.75/5 stars, Great car
4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought this car for my wife. She loves it. Really well built. Quiet. Sound system is amazing. Smooth/classy. Very happy with this car

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
18 City / 27 Hwy / 21 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 210 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 220 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 191.1 in. / Height: 57.3 in. / Width: 71.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3439 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.5 cu.ft.


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

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

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


Is the Lexus ES 300 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2003 ES 300 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Lexus ES 300 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the ES 300 gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the ES 300 has 14.5 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 300. Learn more

Is the Lexus ES 300 reliable?

To determine whether the Lexus ES 300 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the ES 300. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the ES 300's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2003 Lexus ES 300 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2003 Lexus ES 300 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2003 ES 300 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2003 Lexus ES 300?

The least-expensive 2003 Lexus ES 300 is the 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,725.

Other versions include:

  • 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $31,725
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What are the different models of Lexus ES 300?

If you're interested in the Lexus ES 300, the next question is, which ES 300 model is right for you? ES 300 variants include 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A). For a full list of ES 300 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 Overview

The Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 is offered in the following submodels: ES 300 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A). The Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 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 2003 Lexus ES 300?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2003 ES 300 4.7 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 Used 2003 ES 300.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Lexus ES 300 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 ES 300 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 Used 2003 Lexus ES 300?

Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

The Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,300. The average price paid for a new Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) is trending $28,753 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $28,753 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $3,547.

The average savings for the Used 2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A) is 89% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2003 Lexus ES 300?

2003 Lexus ES 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission5-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger Volume110.9 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.1 in.
Length191.1 in.
Width71.3 in.
Height57.3 in.
Curb Weight3439 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2003 Lexus ES 300?

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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