I was looking for a quiet car with Sirius Satellite that would make my many long days of driving less painful. After checking Acura and Infiniti I went with the ES, and I am very happy with my choice. The ride is quiet, the engine powerful, and I am getting 27 MPG. Can't beat that.
Quiet, gas mileage, good looking car.
More head room. I am only 5'11" and my head is less than one inch from the roof.
Transmission was bad off showroom floor. It was my wife's car and I never drove it and would not believe her Lexus transmission was bad until we took it in for service at 3000+ miles. Transmission jump in first almost caused my wife to rear end car in stop & go traffic. The transmission had to be replaced requiring entire motor & front end to be dropped out from underneath. Not a happy camper!
Navigation / Bluetooth System
Dealer test drive vehicles before delivering them.
This is not the perfect car for me (I'm a driving enthusiast who wants a sportier car). However, for someone who really wants a classy, reliable, beautiful car focused on luxury (my wife), this car is a good value and a good choice. I enjoy riding in the car and driving it is pleasurable for a daily commute. If great handling is your thing, look elsewhere. If you want a luxurious car with great build quality and great creature features for a good price, I highly recommend it.
Approaching one year and reliability has been terrific; no issues. Get 23.8 MPG overall, with mixed local driving. Highway travel gets 29 MPG.
Air-conditioned seats, glass roof.
Front end scrapes curb - too low. Must be at a stop to use really use navigation system. Storage compartment easy to hit with driver's elbow. Interior lighting too dim. some controls (garage door) impossible to see when dark. Door lock symbol too small.
Engine, fit and finish (except paint durability).
Replace the cheap interior, better seats, improve steering feedback, brakes and handling, not intended to be a sports sedan but the car's feel is very numb.