Last fall we bought a 2017 ES 350 and got a great deal. Far and away the most luxurious car we've ever owned. The two main selling points are a library quiet interior and an incredibly smooth rode. The interior is well appointed and luxurious... fit and finish is excellent. The V6 is smooth and powerful.
This is not a sports car by any means. Body lean is significant on a clover leaf... so if that's what you want, I would look elsewhere. For a smooth cruiser that's a treat to drive - both long and short trips... it fits the bill in a really great way.
Leased two fully loaded cars (ES 350 and IS 300) from Lexus in April 2017. The ride is very smooth, the interior comfortable, the upgraded sound system wonderful, and the car very quick from a standing start, but.....the driving dynamics of the ES are terrible. The car should never be driven above 70 mph on any road other than one that is absolutely straight. Body-roll is very pronounced when driving through curves and it is difficult for the car to hold a line. For me, this distracts from the overall enjoyment of the car.
Love everything about the car EXCEPT the interior storage is VERY limited. No storage for glasses under the rear view mirror and the doors will not hold a soda bottle. Avalon has Lexus interior beat. Also, complimentary maintenance is better in Avalon. For purchase price difference one has to hope resale will return a portion of price increase. Remote start is ONLY available if you subscribe to the Lexus suite after the one year subscription expires. $35 a month is TOO EXPENSIVE to continue remote start and from what I am told, is there is not a dealer or after market remote start available.