2014 Lexus ES 350 Consumer Review: 2014 ES350 disappointing on th

2014 Lexus ES 350 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.5L V6 6-speed Automatic)

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2014 ES350 disappointing on the Inside
By btiger14 on


2014 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


This is our third ES350.
Disappointed in what Lexus did to save a few bucks.
For example the CD Changer is gone, replaced by single disc; the holder for sunglasses above the console - gone; the various console cubbies for storage - gone; lighting above each rear seat on each side - gone.
Ash tray and lighter (plug) gone - lost that plug.
Front seats are narrower.
The car just feels tighter on the inside.
With the lighting changes and the deletion of the CD Changer Lexus has cheapened the interior. The trunk is not as easy to get stuff into because it is a deeper access.
Cargo net is installed with bolts - makes it hard to get to the spare.
Shd have just bought out the 2011 lease.

Best Features

LED running lights.

Worst Features

Put the CD Changer back in; come on this is a high end car. Put the glasses holder above the console back in like it was in 2011/12. Class up the lighting in the back seat the way it was in 2011/12. Put in a Wiper deicer button - when car has Nav installed;t as there is for windshield and rear window defrost. Lexus cheapened by not having a button - have to activate via the cumbersome Nav system. With no Nav installed there is a button provided for wiper deice. Why narrow the front seats on a high end sedan? Redesign the cargo net. It is very difficult to get to the spare with it installed. Lexus needs to have a heart to heart with their interior design team; they blew this one.
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By ezerics
on 01/14/14 05:18 AM (PST)

Only the interior cheapened? what about the exterior- complete loss of chrome. My 2011 has chrome door handles and chrome running along the bottom of the doors on the sides of the car that make the car look both elegant and sharp. I'm wondering why I should give up my 2011 after seeing this cheap looking redesign. After looking at the 2014, I've been noticing Kia Optimas, Nissan Altimas, and Buicks with more chrome on the outside of the cars than the redesigned ES. How can you seriously continue to call this a luxury car when those other low end vehicles have more chrome on their exteriors than a lexus?

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By bobmar46
on 02/20/14 17:09 PM (PST)

CD changer is not an issue. A single disc can play 11 hours of MP3s and for those for which that is not enough, one 32 Gb USB flash drive will hold 500 hours.

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