|EPA Est. MPG||24|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Volume||115.3 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||3571 lbs|
WILL KAUFMAN: Hi, this is Will Kaufman, and I'm here with the Lexus ES350. This is America's favorite midsize luxury sedan, but why? Let's find out. The ES350 is a little bit of an outlier, both for Lexus and for the class, in general. It's the only Lexus sedan that's front-wheel drive, and it's the only Lexus sedan currently on sale, that's really closely related to Toyota products. In this case, the platform underneath this, is similar to what's under the Camry and the Toyota Avalon. This car also hasn't had a major redesign since 2012 so it's getting a little bit long in the tooth. And yet, it's still managed to outsell every other midsize luxury car, including the new Mercedes Benz E-Class and the new BMW 5 Series. So what is it about this car that makes it stand out for buyers? Let's get in it and find out. One of the ES350 strengths is definitely its price. The base car starts at just under $40,000, which is pretty reasonable for the class. For that price, you get proximity entry with push button start. You get a power sunroof. You get leatherette seats, instead of real leather. You do get an eight-inch infotainment display screen. HD and satellite radio, along with Bluetooth streaming audio. Standard equipment also includes, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. There are quite a few upgrades available for this car. Some of them are aesthetic. There are a lot of different colors of wood trim and leather that you can get so no matter what kind of wood you want to look at on your steering wheel, Lexus has you covered. There's the Mark Levinson stereo system that's a pricey upgrade, but sounds really good. There's a second sunroof for the rear seat. And a power rear sunshade, along with rear side windows sunshades that are manual. The inside of this car does feel a little dated-- honestly. There's kind of a lot of plastic around in here. In spite of the nice wood and leather that you see on the steering wheel and on the center console, there's also just hard plastic around. A lot of the buttons and switchgear are also plastics that just aren't quite up to par. This car has the heated and cooled leather seats. The heated and cooling aren't super impressive. They work, but not as well as what you'll see in some other cars. The padding on these seats is actually pretty nice. They strike a good balance of cushioning and support. My big issue with them is the headrest, which is actually pretty intrusive. For me, it comes forward just too far. Shorter drivers might not have this issue, but for me, I've been sitting in this car for about four days and I might need to see my chiropractor. As you might expect from a car in this class, the ES350 has plenty of leg room, and even with this dual pane sunroof up here, I still have enough headroom. This back seat isn't quite as fancy as what you'll see in a Mercedes or a BMW, especially as you start optioning those up, but it is much less expensive. And it's still not a bad place to spend time. For example, there is a back seat vent, but there's no separate climate control zone for the back seat. And there's no separate controls. There's also no USB ports back here, although there is a 12-volt outlet, or what you might know as a cigarette lighter port. Fold-down armrests with its own cup holders. And you also have some sunshades to keep the glare or the paparazzi out. Overall, this is a pretty roomy back seat. The infotainment system-- honestly-- is another one of this car's weaknesses. You get this little toggle here and it's finicky to use on the road, but it's not the biggest problem with this system. The biggest problem is the logic behind the choices of the labeling of the buttons in there. It's sort of hard to find what you're looking for in this system. And honestly, it takes me a couple of tries to figure out how to get to the commands that I actually want to use. Fortunately, you don't have to interact with this all that much. There are physical buttons for almost all of the controls that you use on a regular basis, and that's pretty smart in this car. Once you have your radio presets put in, you can do almost everything you need to do just by touching buttons that are pretty clearly labeled, easy to find, and easy to use. The one exception is navigation. Luckily, voice controls work pretty well there, and there are prompts to guide you through. So now that I'm mostly comfortable, let's get this car on the road and see how it drives. Whatever music is playing right now, I want you to imagine that it's a soothing, string concerto, perhaps, in E minor because that's really the vibe of this car. Under the hood is a three and a half liter V-6 that's only making 268 horsepower. That's both not an exceptional number for the class and also, not an acceptable number for how big the motor is. In our testing, this car did manage to make a zero to 60 run faster than the stated time from Lexus. We measured it in about 6.8 seconds. Again, not bad, but it's more than half a second slower than the stated time for a base E-class. That three and a half liter V-6 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and it drives the front wheels. Acceleration in this car isn't blistering. It's a strong engine, though, and it's really smooth-- that's sort of what it's meant to be. It has enough power to get out of its own way and to accomplish merges and passing maneuvers. And it's not going to set the world on fire. Transmission handles shifts really smoothly. Again, sort of the point of this car. The steering is very light, and there's no real feel from the front wheels, but resistance does build. Only a little bit, but naturally, as you turn the wheel. The brakes in this car are very predictable. They're very easy to use. So that's sort of it. That's what this car is about. It's not a sports sedan. It's a comfortable, easy to drive luxury car. On city streets, it feels better than on the freeway. On the freeway, you start to notice how busy it can get. If you know what a Camry rides like, this rides like a nicer Camry. The handling in this car is surprisingly competent, really. Even though it's not that engaging on a back road, it handles itself pretty well. You actually feel pretty confident taking it around corners. Adaptive cruise control in this car. This is an old car, and it's one of those systems that does not work in stop and go traffic. It will only turn on above a certain speed, and it cuts out automatically below that speed. This is an older car, and you can tell from the technology and the interior design, that it's ready to be replaced. So the Lexus ES350 might not be the most exciting luxury car on the road, might not be all of the luxury car you want, but it might be the luxury car you need. It's just accessible and easy. I will say this, though, there is a new ES350 coming out in 2019, which means that if you're interested in this car, it's probably a good idea to wait a little while. Pretty soon, you're going to see the prices on these drop, and you'll have a choice between, maybe, a nice little discount on an ES350 from 2018, or a new 2019 ES350, if that appeals to you. Thanks for watching. If you like this video, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And if you're interested in finding out more about the Lexus ES350 or its competitors, make sure to check out edmunds.com.
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 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 seeking an elegant yet practical five-passenger sedan.
The ES 350 is sold in a single trim level that comes with one powertrain — a 3.5-liter V6 engine (268 hp, 248 lb-ft) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it propels the ES to 60 mph in a respectable 6.6 seconds, its forte is really in providing a smooth and quiet ride 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 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 2018 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, power-adjustable front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
There are three main option packages available, with each building on the previous level's luxury equipment. A navigation package is also available, and it can be bundled with an upgraded sound system. There are also numerous individual options, including a panoramic sunroof and power trunklid, but unlike other manufacturers that let owners pick and choose, Lexus typically requires the addition of one of the packages first.
While the ES 350's option configuration may be different than most, it's designed to appeal to buyers looking for an easy purchasing experience. If ease of purchase, comfortable interior, smooth ride and quality build interest you, let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2018 Lexus ES 350.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Overview
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A). ES 350 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 ES 350 comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2018 ES 350 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2018 Lexus ES 350?
2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42998. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2018.8 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2018.8 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40979.2.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 4.7% below the MSRP.
We are showing 180 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2018 Lexus ES 350 features & specs
|Fuel Type||regular unleaded|
|Basic Warranty||4 yr./ 50000 mi.|
|Base Engine Type||gas|
|Base Engine Size||3.5 l|
|Transmission||6-speed shiftable automatic|
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Horsepower||268 hp @ 6200 rpm|
Is the 2018 Lexus ES 350 a good car?
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What do people think of the 2018 Lexus ES 350?
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4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Navigation very mixed. Hard to set and control. Dumb routes sometimes. Miss interprets voice commands frequently. Using own phone probably better.
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Is the 2018 Lexus Es-350 safe?
The 2018 Lexus Es-350 earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 4.5 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
2018 lexus es-350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
24 combined MPG
21 city MPG/30 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2018 Lexus ES 350?
Available Lexus ES 350 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Lexus ES 350 2018 Trims: Base, Crafted Line
Exterior Colors: Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Eminent White Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Caviar, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Starfire Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Black Onyx, Nightfall Mica, Deep Sea Mica, Smoky Granite Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Cerulean Blue Metallic, Royal Ruby Metallic, Aquamarine Blue, Crystal White, Tungsten Pearl, Black Sapphire Pearl, Truffle Mica, Stargazer Black, Amber Pearl, Autumn Shimmer, Golden Almond Metallic, Peridot Mica, Ultra White, Blue Onyx Pearl, Moon Shell Mica
Interior Colors: Black leatherette, Parchment leatherette, Noble Brown leatherette, Black premium leather, Parchment leather, Parchment premium leather, Flaxen leatherette, Stratus Gray leatherette, Black leather, Light Gray leather, Black cloth, Light Gray premium leather, Cashmere leather, Flaxen leather, Stratus Gray leather, Black/Cabernet leatherette, Noble Brown leather, Black and Saddle Tan premium leather, Saddle Tan leather, Stratus Gray premium leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Aux Audio Inputs, Post-collision safety system, Bluetooth, Back-up camera, USB Inputs, Keyless Entry/Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitoring, Heated seats, Cooled Seats, Navigation, Leather Seats, Upgraded Headlights, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: regular unleaded, premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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