The 2017 Lexus ES 350, the most popular midsize sedan from Toyota's luxury brand, may not be the quickest or sportiest vehicle in its class, but it offers a winning combination of style, comfort, a long list of features and a quiet ride. Add in the Lexus reputation for quality and reliability, and it's easy to see why the the ES appeals to large numbers of buyers in the market for an elegant yet practical five-passenger sedan.
Outside of a few minor cosmetic changes, most improvements to the ES for 2017 are in the area of technology and safety. The infotainment system, with upgraded graphics and menus, now includes smartphone-enabled navigation. And the Lexus Safety System Plus ? with advanced features like lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection ? is now standard equipment.
The only engine available in the ES is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it propels the 3,571-pound sedan to 60 mph in a respectable 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph, its forte is really not outright performance. Rather, the powertrain excels at remaining smooth and quiet under virtually all road conditions.
The gentle, compliant suspension system is tuned more for comfort than handling. Although the ES acquits itself reasonably well in the corners, it genuinely comes into its own on the highway, where driver and passengers can relax and enjoy the premium sound system while watching the miles roll by.
Inside, the 2017 ES 350 certainly won't disappoint entry-level luxury car shoppers. The roomy interior shines with a host of standard comfort and convenience features, such as high-quality materials, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available interior packages and options allow buyers to ramp up the luxury with extras that include leather seating and genuine wood trim.
Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive Lexus ES 350 is EPA rated at a combined 24 mpg (21 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway).
The ES 350 only comes in one trim level, but a large selection of premium, luxury, comfort and convenience packages ? as well as a long list of optional accessories ? makes it easy to customize the Lexus to suit individual preferences. Whatever your particular needs, Edmunds can help you find the right 2017 Lexus ES 350 at the right price.
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