Used 2013 Lexus ES 350

2013 Lexus ES 350
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2013 Lexus ES 350

Pros

  • Powerful, velvety-smooth V6
  • comfortable ride and composed handling
  • luxurious high-tech interior
  • generous rear legroom
  • excellent crash test scores.

Cons

  • Mouse-based electronics interface is distracting to use.

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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
94,411 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$16,995
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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$300 Below Market
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***NAVIGATION, VERY CLEAN...................2013 LEXUS ES350 PREMIUM LUXURY SEDAN, SILVER LINING METALLIC WITH A LITE GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, WOOD STEERING WHEEL AND TRIM, TIPTRONIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, FACTORY NAVIGATION, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, POWER SUNROOF, DUAL HEATED/COOLED POWER SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT AND MEMORY SETTINGS, REAR SUNSHADE, PARKTRONIC, DUAL EXHAUST, SIDE AIRBAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, ALLOY WHEELS, LEXUS QUALITY AND RELIABILITY***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
51,582 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
Auto Connection
19 mi away
List$18,754
Est.Loan: $342/mo
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
86,684 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$16,495
Est.Loan: $301/mo
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
45,598 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$21,853
Est.Loan: $398/mo
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
16,713 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
CarMax
41.2 mi away
List$24,998
Est.Loan: $455/mo
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CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
65,311 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$21,950
Est.Loan: $400/mo
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L/ Certified. Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, NAV, Keyless Start, iPod/MP3 Input, Alloy Wheels, LUXURY PKG, HIGH-INTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) HEADLA... NAVIGATION SYSTEM, HEATED WOOD & LEATHER-TRIMMED STEERIN... PARK ASSIST CLICK NOW!MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Steering Wheel Controls, Child Safety Locks.OPTION PACKAGESNAVIGATION SYSTEM HDD navigation system, voice recognition, backup monitor, Bluetooth hands-free phone & streaming audio, HD Radio w/iTunes tagging, Lexus Enform 2.0 w/Safety Connect, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button (SOS), enhanced roadside assistance, destination assist, eDestination & Enform app suite , Lexus Insider, navigation remote control, SiriusXM NavTraffic/NavWeather/sports/stocks/gas prices, LUXURY PKG leather-trimmed seats, wood trim, pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel, memory for driver-side seat/steering wheel/mirrors, climate controlled seats, HIGH-INTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) HEADLAMPS, PARK ASSISTKEY FEATURES INCLUDESunroof, iPod/MP3 Input, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start 161-Point Inspection and Reconditioning, 24/7 - Roadside Assistance, Balance of new car warranty plus 2 years/unlimited miles, 2-Year/20k-Mile Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance (up to 4 Services) from date of purchase, Towing, Lockout Service, Emergency Fuel Service, Trip-Interruption Services. Please see dealer for complete coverage details.BUY FROM AN AWARD WINNING DEALERWith the purchase of any Certified Pre-Owned Lexus of Len Stoler Lexus, you receive Complimentary scheduled services for two years; FREE car washes for your duration of ownership of your Pre-Owned vehicle purchased from us no service necessary; and access to use one of our 100 Lexus Loaner vehicles. Never be left without a Lexus.Pricing analysis performed on 9/17/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
35,360 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
(28)
Carbiz
47.7 mi away
List$24,000
Est.Loan: $437/mo
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: *Certified Pre-Owned* *Free Delivery, 5-Day Returns, & 1-Year Powertrain Coverage* CARFAX 1-Owner. Sunroof, Heated Leather Seats, NAV, HEATED WOOD & LEATHER-TRIMMED STEERIN. Keyless Start, Multi-CD Changer, iPod/MP3 Input, HIGH-INTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) HEADLA. 18 X 7.5 FIVE TWIN-SPOKE ALLOY WHEE. BLIND SPOT MONITOR W/REAR CROSS TRAFF. ONE-TOUCH PWR TRUNK, NAVIGATION/MARK LEVINSON AUDIO PKG, ULTRA LUXURY PKG, PARK ASSIST. SEE MORE! THE CARBIZ DIFFERENCE: Simplify your experience with No Haggle Fair Market Pricing, Non-Commissioned Salespeople, 5 Day No Questions Return Policy, 1 Year Powertrain Coverage, and a buying process that fits your lifestyle; either In-Person at one of our innovative showrooms or at your convenience Online with Free Delivery to your door. We specialize in fairness and flexibility. Google Carbiz to see what others have to say. Visit Carbiz.com to get to know us more. OPTION PACKAGES: NAVIGATION/MARK LEVINSON AUDIO PKG 835-watt Mark Levinson 15-speaker premium audio system, 5.1 channel surround sound w/7.1 channel architecture, HDD navigation system, DVD player, voice recognition, backup monitor, Bluetooth hands-free phone & streaming audio, HD Radio w/iTunes tagging, Lexus Enform 2.0 w/Safety Connect, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button (SOS), enhanced roadside assistance, destination assist, eDestination & Enform app suite, Lexus Insider, navigation remote control, SiriusXM NavTraffic/NavWeather/sports/stocks/gas prices, ULTRA LUXURY PKG: leather-trimmed seats, wood trim, pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel, memory for driver-side seat/steering wheel/mirrors, pwr rear sunshade, climate controlled seats, ambient lighting Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee.
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
39,402 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$20,998
Est.Loan: $382/mo
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
52,987 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
(7)
Lexus of Towson
53.7 mi away
List$21,465
Est.Loan: $391/mo
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REDUCED FROM $24,371!, FUEL EFFICIENT 31 MPG Hwy/21 MPG City! ONLY 52,987 Miles! Nav System, Heated Leather Seats, Moonroof, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start, iPod/MP3 Input, LUXURY PKG, PARK ASSIST AND MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDESunroof, iPod/MP3 Input, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start. MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Steering Wheel Controls.OPTION PACKAGESNAVIGATION SYSTEM HDD navigation system, voice recognition, backup monitor, Bluetooth hands-free phone & streaming audio, HD Radio w/iTunes tagging, Lexus Enform 2.0 w/Safety Connect, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button (SOS), enhanced roadside assistance, destination assist, eDestination & Enform app suite, Lexus Insider, navigation remote control, SiriusXM NavTraffic/NavWeather/sports/stocks/gas prices, LUXURY PKG leather-trimmed seats, wood trim, pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel, memory for driver-side seat/steering wheel/mirrors, climate controlled seats, HIGH-INTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) HEADLAMPS, PARK ASSIST, BLIND SPOT MONITOR W/REAR CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT, HEATED WOOD & LEATHER-TRIMMED STEERING WHEEL wood & leather shift knob.A GREAT TIME TO BUYThe ES is redesigned for 2013, with slightly more aggressive styling, a little more interior room, and more emphasis on the relaxed, quiet driving experience. -CarAndDriver.com. Was $24,371.WHO WE AREAs a result of Lexus' philosophy to Experience Amazing, Lexus vehicles are without question the best quality and most reliable luxury vehicles on the road today. We look forward to providing you with a superior ownership experience for many years to come in our all-new, state-of-the-art facility.Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
77,909 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$15,987
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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$300 Below Market
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This 2013 Lexus ES 350 4dr 4dr Sedan features a 3.5L V6 Cylinder 6cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 6 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is blue with a Other interior. - **Shop where the dealers shop, No dealer license necessary** All Vehicles subject to prior sale. Prices exclude taxes, tags, MSI, Processing and freight charges, and most aftermarket rims. *Some exclusions apply. See store for details. -
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
48,451 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$20,995
Est.Loan: $382/mo
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Luxury car at an affordable price!!
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
52,068 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$20,790
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
74 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
52,660 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
46,701 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
Autoleader
47.6 mi away
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THIS BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE BROWN LEXUS HAS NAVIGATION, BACK UP CAMERA, PUSH TO START, HEATED SEATS AND STEERING WHEEL, REAR POWER SUN SHADE, USB AND BLUETOOTH
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
34,993 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
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Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
41,374 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$20,995
Est.Loan: $382/mo
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$300 Below Market
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***LOW MILEAGE, LEXUS QUALITY, VERY SHARP..........................2013 LEXUS ES350 PREMIUM LUXURY SEDAN, BLACK WITH A BEIGE LEATHER INTERIOR, WOOD STEERING WHEEL AND TRIM, NAVIGATION, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, DUAL HEATED/COOLED POWER SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT AND MEMORY SETTINGS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, POWER SUNROOF, KEYLESS GO, REAR SUNSHADE, PARKTRONIC, DUAL EXHAUST, ALLOY WHEELS, ONLY 41K MILES, CLEAN CARFAX, BALANCE OF FACTORY POWERTRAIN WARRANTY***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Lexus ES 350 2013 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
67,254 miles
Used 2013
Lexus ES 350
Base
List$18,995
Est.Loan: $346/mo
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$300 Below Market
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***NAVIGATION, BEST COLOR..........................2013 LEXUS ES350 PREMIUM LUXURY SEDAN, STARFIRE PEARL WHITE WITH A LITE GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, WOOD STEERING WHEEL AND TRIM, NAVIGATION, REAR BACK UP CAMERA, POWER SUNROOF, DUAL HEATED/COOLED POWER SEAT WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT AND MEMORY SETTINGS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, REAR SUNSHADE, DUAL AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROLS, KEYLESS GO, PARKTRONIC, DUAL EXHAUST, ALLOY WHEELS, LEXUS QUALITY AND RELIABILITY***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 remains the standard-bearer for a relaxed, luxuriously insulated form of transportation. The competition has narrowed the gap over the years, though, so it's hardly your only option for an entry-level luxury sedan.

vehicle overview

The Lexus ES has always been a car whose loyal owners simply trade in one for another when it's time to buy another car. Each generation has been designed to a familiar formula of ample midsize proportions, solid reliability, simple controls, a comfy ride and enough luxury features and ambience to justify its price over the mechanically related Toyota Camry. Well, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 represents a new generation. Does it carry on the family line?

There are no worries here, because the new ES 350 maintains that familiar formula. Even its exterior styling is an evolution of the previous car. Lexus has adopted some styling cues from the new GS, but the ES's silhouette is instantly familiar. The interior is a more radical departure, however, as the anonymous design of the old car has been replaced with a far more modern and visually interesting one. The controls are a little more complicated than before -- especially with the love-it or hate-it Remote Touch electronics interface -- but that's simply a result of the increased number of electronics features that must be controlled.

Mechanically, the new ES 350 is once again related to the latest Toyota Camry, but is now closer in size to the also-related Toyota Avalon. All three cars share various engine and other mechanical similarities, but the differences are sufficient enough to disprove the common refrain that the ES 350 is just a Camry with a Lexus badge. More importantly, the ES 350 boasts a more structurally rigid body than before as well as suspension and steering changes. This makes it feel more buttoned-down and solid, while also more responsive to driver inputs. The ES 350 has always been both appreciated and admonished for the isolated way it goes about its business, and we doubt that will change. However, the new car makes the driver feel a little more in control -- especially when the new Sport mode is engaged -- and that should always be considered a good thing.

In total, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 should continue to please its loyal customer base while being updated enough to remain relevant in this competitive entry-level luxury sedan segment. The old car was getting very stale, and those willing to look around a bit were likely to find the Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Genesis provided a similar formula with plenty of advantages -- price being the primary one. The new-for-2013 ES 350 has caught up in most respects, but those aforementioned rivals and the Acura TL should still be considered. Whether you're on your sixth ES or a first-time shopper, the ES is no longer our automatic pick in this class, and this has everything to do with the strength of the competition.

Trim levels & features

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five people.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, LED running lamps, foglamps, a sunroof, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (with two-way adjustable lumbar), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The Lexus Display Audio package adds a large central screen, the Remote Touch electronics interface, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. The Navigation package includes all of the above items plus a navigation system, voice control, real-time traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of Internet-based apps. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system can be added to the Navigation package.

To the Display Audio and Navigation packages you can add the Premium package, which adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, real wood trim and a wood-trimmed steering wheel. Or, you could add the Luxury package, which includes all of the Premium items plus xenon headlamps, parking sensors, extended leather trim, heated and ventilated seats, and a power rear sunshade. The Ultra Luxury package goes one step further by adding a panoramic sunroof, a power-closing trunk, automatic wipers, a 10-way power driver seat, passenger seat memory functions, manual rear door sunshades, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting and the Mark Levinson system. This package requires the choice of either special 17- or 18-inch wheels.

Stand-alone options include adaptive cruise control (includes the pre-collision system), a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, a power-closing trunk, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlamps, heated front seats (with the standard vinyl upholstery), a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.

2013 Highlights

The Lexus ES 350 has been completely redesigned for 2013. It has been joined by the ES 300h hybrid model.

Performance & mpg

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the ES 350 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is on par with its competitors. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

Safety

Every 2013 Lexus ES 350 comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also included is Lexus Safety Connect with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assist button.

Optional equipment includes parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system and a blind-spot monitor that includes a rear cross-traffic alert system. The optional adaptive cruise control includes the pre-collision system, which primes the seatbelts and brakes when it senses an impending collision.

In Edmunds brake testing, the ES came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is average.

In government crash testing, the ES 350 earned a top five-star rating for its overall performance, with five stars for total frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the ES the highest possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Driving

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 delivers a refined driving experience that's bolstered by a V6 engine that's smooth and responsive. No one will ever deem the new ES sporty, but few people will expect it to be. Instead, this year's more precise steering response and feel is a welcome improvement that everyone should appreciate. The ES's Sport mode further sharpens steering and throttle response, but the resulting driving experience feels like it would be a normal mode in many other cars. The actual "Normal" mode would be a comfort setting.

At highway speeds, the cabin remains remarkably silent, mostly devoid of wind, road or engine noise. Bumps and ruts in the road are now better absorbed than before, but don't expect complete isolation or the floating sensations many assume the ES exhibits.

Interior

The 2013 Lexus ES 350's cabin is a far more modern, stylish environment than that of past models. There's still wood trim on hand, but it's more subtly applied and looks more like the genuine article. The analog clock in the center of the dash is a classy touch that breaks up the otherwise high-tech environment. Of course, the quality of materials depends on whether you opt for one of the luxury packages, but build quality is excellent in typical Lexus fashion.

The climate controls are still quite simple to use, but those for the audio system have become more complicated due to the increased number of available media types. When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation package, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is essentially a mouselike device that controls a cursor on a large centrally located screen. We've found this interface to be likable in that it's very similar to using a computer mouse, but the ultra-sensitive nature of the controller can be distracting while driving, and we recommend playing around with it before taking an ES 350 home.

Space is ample all around, with the ES 350 coming closer to the Avalon in size than the Camry to which it has traditionally been compared. Backseat legroom, in particular, is very impressive, but taller occupants will find their heads touching the roof in ES 350s equipped with the optional panoramic sunroof. The trunk offers 15.2 cubic feet of space, which is average for a midsize car. The rear seats do not fold down, however, and only a pass-through is offered.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Lexus ES 350.

You Must Drive This Car
wofat,12/01/2012
I spent several months researching vehicles before finally making a purchase. I was focused on a mid to large sedan that would be very comfortable for my long commutes, that would get at least 25 MPG, FWD or AWD, and that would LAST for at least 200K miles. The final list was the 2013 Audi A4, 2013 Hyundai Azera, 2013 BMW 328xi, and the Infinity G37x. After driving and pricing, the G37x and BMW were eliminated. They were simply under-equipped compared to the others at the same price point. The BMW especially was bare bones unless you dropped another 10K. The Audi was eliminated for reliability (big issues with burning oil). After driving the ES350 I was in love. Not squishy at all.
2013 ES350 Silver/Black
spencer327,10/15/2012
First experience with Lexus. Traded up from Toyota Avalon 2008. What a beautiful surprise. If you want the ultimate luxury highway cruiser, this is it. Looked at Mercedes, Audi even Hyundai. for around 40 grand, nothing comes close. Love it, One problem, my wife only lets me drive it when it needs gas
Love this baby
happycustome20,10/27/2012
Nebula Gray Pearl. Love this car. Just completed a 1400 miles round trip and it was very enjoyable all the way. 31 mpg around 70 mph. Second Lexus for me. slight improvement over the 08. Did cut some corners but not a deal breaker. Overall a great car.
Great car!! Beware of wheels with respect ride
scottl66,10/28/2012
Great car, but beware of the wheels w/ respect to the ride. Most ES' come with the standard 17" wheel and rides like a dream. Quiet and smooth. If you buy the Ultra Luxury (UL) version it comes with the 18" wheels, or you can purchase them as an option. the 18" take a low profile tire and the car rides much differently. On the highway at speed you will feel a lot of the road coming through the cabin and may hear it too. Tires can help. Get the Michelin's over the Bridgestone's regardless of wheel size. the Michelin's ride that much better! If considering the 18" wheels make sure you drive a car with them. don't drive a regular demo and think it will drive the same. learn from me :)
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Features & Specs

MPG
21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat4 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%
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 Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2013 Lexus ES 350
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Oregon's Willamette Valley is where the mythical Lexus ES 350 owner goes on vacation. He's worn down by his long commute, but when he gets a few days off, he heads right back out on the interstate. Hundreds of miles later, he finds tranquility and plenty of pinot noir in this famous wine region.

Although we think of the Lexus ES 350 as a uniquely North American car, our man could just as easily live in China. The ES is the No. 2 selling Lexus there (behind the RX), just as it is in the U.S. Lexus officials paid a lot of attention to both markets while working on the 2013 Lexus ES 350, and the result is a redesigned entry-level luxury sedan with more interior room, better fuel economy and an available four-cylinder hybrid version — the 2013 Lexus ES 300h.

Together the 2013 Lexus ES 350 and 2013 Lexus ES 300h represent a "truly global ES," says Chief Engineer Toshio Asahi. Skeptical? Well, it turns out we have plenty in common with the commuters and oenophiles in China.

More Like an Avalon
As we slide into the backseat of the 2013 Lexus ES 350, it's clear we're on the same page regarding legroom. For the first time in its 25-year history, the ES does not share its wheelbase with the Toyota Camry (109.3 inches). Instead, it now matches the full-size Toyota Avalon (111 inches) in terms of space between the wheels. Rear legroom increases from just under 36 inches in the 2012 ES 350 to 40 inches even.

This still isn't an Avalon-size car, though, as the ES retains its overall width of 71.7 inches and it's just barely taller at 57.1 inches. It's 192.7 inches long — an inch longer than last year's sedan, but still 5 inches down on the big Toyota. The cabin feels airy, though, as passenger volume has swelled to 100 cubic feet, up from 95.4 in last year's ES 350.

All these gains might have you thinking the 2013 ES 350 is overweight. In fact, the unit-body is lighter and more rigid than before, thanks to increased use of high-strength steel. The 2013 ES 350 is 50 pounds lighter than last year's ES, and even with a battery pack, the ES 300h is only 110 pounds heavier than the V6 car.

Style has never been a reason to buy a Lexus ES. On the contrary, the car's quiet rejection of fleeting trends gives it a timeless appeal. That should continue with this generation, though the adoption of the new double-spindle grille gives the ES a passing resemblance to the similarly sized Lexus GS 350.

V6 Remains the Big Seller
A V6 engine has always been an essential ingredient to the ES formula, and Lexus still expects it to account for 75 percent of the car's sales volume in the United States.

The ES 350's drivetrain is basically a carryover. The 3.5-liter engine is rated the same as it was in 2012, with 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. The six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels is geared the same, too, but a taller final drive (3.46 versus 3.68), combined with an expanded range of torque converter lockup and various friction-reduction measures, reduces fuel consumption. Lexus officials are predicting EPA ratings of 21 city/31 highway/24 combined mpg compared to the 2012 car's 19/28/22 ratings.

We've always liked this engine's sweet sound, and there's ample torque to take advantage of passing zones on Oregon's Highway 47. There aren't any paddle shifters à la the Camry SE, but downshifts come quickly enough that we probably wouldn't use them much (and the shifter has a manual gate anyway). Driver-selectable Sport and Eco modes tailor throttle response to your priorities, but leaving it in Normal suits us just fine.

Keep in mind that Lexus has focused on fuel economy in this redesign, so this 2013 ES 350 probably won't be any quicker than the 2009 Lexus ES we tested. Figure about 7.1 seconds to 60 mph.

But You Could Have a Hybrid
The arrival of the four-cylinder Lexus ES 300h reflects the influence of the Chinese market. Fuel economy is a big deal there, and buyers simply won't pay for a V6 that gets poor mileage — their outgoing ES only comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4.

But there's no doubt that Americans are increasingly willing to accept four-cylinder engines in entry-luxury cars. Plus, the 2013 Lexus ES 300h takes the place of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, which quietly ended production in January.

Compared to the HS, the ES 300h is roomier, quicker and more fuel-efficient. Its drivetrain is identical to the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, with an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 156 hp at 5,700 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. There are two electric motors, and a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack (with 204 cells of 1.2 volts each). The battery pack can feed a maximum of 44 hp to the motors, and a planetary gearset-regulated CVT (continuously variable transmission) blends everything together, resulting in a net 200-hp rating.

Lexus expects the 2013 Lexus ES 300h to earn 40 city/39 highway/39 combined mpg ratings from the EPA. In contrast, the 187-hp HS 250h had a rating of 35 city/34 highway/35 combined. Our 37-mile drive in Eco mode (the hybrid also has EV, Normal and Sport modes) produced 40.5 mpg with an average speed of 33 mph, according to the trip computer. Put the ES 300h in EV mode and you'll get all of half a mile before the gas engine starts.

Of course the ES 300h feels less energetic than the ES 350, but it's hardly slow. Lexus expects the hybrid ES will trail the ES 350 by only a second in the 0-60-mph race, though the gap will widen by the quarter-mile mark. The automaker's internal estimates have the hybrid at 16.8 seconds versus 15.1 for the ES 350.

As Usual, It's a Nice Ride
The ES stakes its reputation on its compliant ride quality, and the 2013 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h uphold it.

Its basic suspension design is the same as the 2012 Camry, and the Lexus engineers have made changes to make the ES feel more stable as we're blasting down country roads. Spring and damper rates are updated all the way around, and in back, the lateral links are revised and the bushings are new.

Both the ES 300h and the ES 350 come with all-season, low-rolling-resistance P215/55R17 93V Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires, with P225/45R18 91V Primacys optional on the ES 350. Both setups provide a cushy ride during our drive, with reasonable balance around corners.

The power steering uses electric assist, and it's plenty precise on back roads. Notably, the steering is quicker than it was on the 2012 ES 350 (14.8:1 vs. 16.0:1). The other thing we notice during our drive is the brake pedal feel — there's not a great difference in pedal feel between the regular ES 350 and ES 300h and that's a good thing.

Good Materials, Clunky User Interface
You're not going to mistake the 2013 Lexus ES interior for an LS 460, but considering the likely price point — a typically equipped model landing in the mid-$40Ks — materials quality is just fine. Lexus had only leather-lined models at this event, so we can't tell you if the standard NuLuxe simulated leather passes muster. We like the wood trim, particularly the sustainable bamboo in the ES 300h, and some designer was clever enough to think of using the double-spindle motif on the center stack.

However, the sedans' Remote Touch Interface isn't nearly as tidy. Essentially, you're using an oversize computer mouse to enter destinations and sift through the audio menus, and it feels cumbersome, particularly if you have a smartphone in your pocket that can perform similar functions so much more quickly. Although Remote Touch is optional, most 2013 ES models will have it, since it's included with the available Display Audio system (which upgrades you to a larger display and adds Bluetooth audio streaming) and the Navigation package.

Standard equipment on the 2012 ES 350 and ES 300h includes keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth (for phone calls only) and USB and auxiliary inputs. New options for 2013 include blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, a power trunk closer and manual rear-door sunshades.

Everybody's Happy?
We're not sure how popular pinot noir is in China, but we're pretty sure buyers there will share our impression of the 2013 Lexus ES.

It's just as quiet and comfortable as its predecessor, only now it's a little bit better. No, it's not any quicker, but it's more fuel-efficient and even the hybrid keeps up well on the freeway. Plus, both ES models are roomier and available with more features.

Of course, you could enjoy many of the same attributes in a nicely optioned Camry XLE or Camry Hybrid. Alternatively, if you're less worried about interior room and the bottom line, you'll find more prestige and entertainment value in entry-level versions of the BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And so, as in the past, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 isn't for everyone, but if comfort is your No. 1 priority, Lexus has delivered another class leader.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored press event to facilitate this report.

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