This is my second ES. The prior was an ES 330. The car is quiet in terms of road noise. Performance is great unless you are used to driving a high performance BMW. I';s easy to look down and see you are cruising at 80 thinking you are driving at 60. Interior materials are all high quality. I only have 2 complaints. First the sound system is sub-par for this class of vehicle. Second there is as persistant rattle in the sun-roof area that the dealer cannot seem to fix. There are also other bump related rattles that seem to develop during the first 20k miles.
My husband and I had matching ES 350's. My 2 boys and I were traveling in Washington DC one evening and were T-Boned by a guy going about 50 mph who ran a stop light. My ES 350 saved all 3 of us, it was amazing how the car took over, spun around and landed perfectly between the lines of the road and disengaged itself. The car was totaled but we all walked away. The police officer said we would have had a fatality if not for the safety of that car.
I was fortunate enough to find a 2009 Lexus ES 350 with 35,000 miles on it that was in mint condition.It is silky smooth and whisper quiet.I have no issues with the steering,and it handles well even around sharp curves.You have the feeling you are controlling a precision instrument. The biggest surprise is how fast it is.It has awsome passing power,and it is also fast off the line. My only minor critique on the car is that although the front seats are decently comfortable,there is room for improvement in that area.
In the mid 60's I was fortunate enough to own a Mercedes Benz. For years I called it THE BEST car I ever owned. Economical, quiet, luxurious ( for the time), and it handled like a sports car. It possessed technology far superior to any American made cars . While I have since owned many cars, I've settled in on Toyota products for two reasons. 1. Reliability . In my experienced, unsurpassed as I have owned 8 of them without ANY problems and 2. Residual value. Toyota's resale value is one of the highest if not the highest So as the second largest investment a consumer might have, Toyota cars rank very high . So I have had my share of Toyota's, right up to their luxury model, the Avalon and was about to call it THE BEST CAR I've ever owned until I bought this Lexus. As my rankings are all at 5 , I attest to all of them . I store this car in winter months as I reside in another state and I actually cannot wait to get back home and drive it as my daily driver. As a luxury car, in its price range, It is THE BEST !! I was fortunate to get a model ( used) that was loaded with almost every option available except their PREMIUM sound system. While I wish I had that option, I'm pleased but not overwhelmed with the sound system I have. I benchmark it against the Avalon's JBL system which hands down was better. But , I have since looked into another LEXUS with premium sound and it blew me away !! So this is THE BEST CAR I have ever owned and I suspect I'll retain that rating probably until I buy a better model Lexus !!
Bought this car after driving my RX for 10 years, which now my son is driving. Love the features, bluetooth for phone, parking assist, navigation, rear shade, auto wipers, and heated/cooled seats. Black interior can be a challenge to keep looking new but love driving it and the gas mileage is 25+ City and around 30 on highway. Would recommend to anyone. Looking to buy a third Lexus now, which brought me to this page!