2018 Lexus ES 350

2018 Lexus ES 350
Save up to $2,657
2018 Lexus ES 350
Save up to $2,657

What’s new

  • No changes this year
  • Part of the sixth ES generation introduced for 2013


  • Extremely forgiving ride smooths out even the roughest roads
  • Quiet, luxurious and well-built interior
  • Smooth V6 engine and transmission
  • Advanced electronic safety systems come standard


  • Navigation system controller is distracting to use
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aren't offered for smartphone integration

Which ES 350 does Edmunds recommend?

The standard 2018 Lexus ES 350 has just about everything we'd want in an entry-level luxury sedan. It offers a great combination of features and value. But to really enjoy the experience, you'll probably want to get at least a few extras. We'd opt for the Luxury package (leather upholstery, plus heated and ventilated front seats) and blind-spot monitoring. You'd think the latter would be standard in a car like this, but it's not.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

While other manufacturers have branched out and built cars to satisfy the latest fads and trends, Lexus has not ignored shoppers simply searching for a roomy luxury sedan. The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is just that vehicle.

While the ES 350's pricing is similar to that of other entry-level luxury sedans, it offers more room and more features than the norm. Top-notch build quality, a smooth V6 and a plush ride continue to be ES hallmarks as well.

Having said that, the ES isn't a car to excite drivers. Handling is not on par with that of more nimble competitors. The ES also lags behind rivals in the infotainment category. But if you're mainly interested in getting a traditional luxury sedan experience that prioritizes interior space and a quiet cabin above all else, the 2018 ES 350 will be a great choice.

2018 Lexus ES 350 configurations

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 sedan comes in a single trim level. While there are a few stand-alone options, buyers need only pick colors and packages. A 3.5-liter V6 engine (268 horsepower, 248 pound-feet of torque) sends its power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights (low-beam setting only), automatic wipers, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Also standard is the Display Audio interface (includes an 8-inch touchscreen and multipurpose control knob), Bluetooth, Scout GPS Link (smartphone navigation), a USB port, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, Safety Connect emergency communications, a forward collision warning and mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and a lane departure warning and intervention system.

Many options and packages are available, but there are certain package prerequisites, and availability can vary depending on where you live.

The Premier package adds driver-seat memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, wood trim, and heated and ventilated front seats. The Luxury package includes the above plus leather upholstery. The Ultra Luxury package adds the Premium and Luxury packages' equipment plus a panoramic sunroof, manual rear door sunshades, ambient interior lighting, a power driver-seat cushion extender and passenger-seat memory functions.

Other notable options include a navigation system, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a power rear window sunshade, a wood steering wheel (with heating, if desired), bi-LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a power-opening trunk.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven a recent ES 350, but we have experience with its cousin, the ES 300h hybrid. While there are differences in the powertrain, comfort and utility sections, the following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect from the ES 350.


The ES 350 delivers a comfortable driving experience, bolstered by a smooth and responsive V6. At highway speeds, the cabin is remarkably silent. Bumps and ruts are also nicely absorbed, although the extreme isolation results in a less engaging driving experience.


In classic Lexus fashion, the ES exhibits a soft ride quality that diminishes or altogether neutralizes any jitteriness that poorly maintained roads can cause. In testing, we found the heating and cooling for the front seats to be oddly ineffective.


We had minor issues getting into and out of the car, but the ES is easy to live with. Highlights include fantastic outward visibility and a spacious cabin. One caveat: We haven't tested an example with the panoramic sunroof, which could impinge on headroom.


The standard ES 350 features a 15.2-cubic-foot trunk and a rear seat pass-through (but the rear seats don't fold down). Upfront storage areas for personal items are decently sized.


All the latest safety systems are here, but the ES stumbles on other tech fronts. You have to interface with Lexus' app to have access to certain features, and using the infotainment system's mouselike controller takes your concentration away from the road.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Lexus ES 350.

Overall Consumer Rating
3.85 reviews

Most helpful consumer reviews

New Ride
Navigation very mixed. Hard to set and control. Dumb routes sometimes. Miss interprets voice commands frequently. Using own phone probably better.
Very satisfied!
Jeff B,02/07/2018
Extremely impressed with my first Lexus. Very comfortable daily commuter. The car is hush quiet and the standard sound system is amazing.
Overwhelming car
I have been a loyal Cadillac owner, but decided to try a Lexus. I found the Lexus dealer to be very friendly, helpful and honest. I bought a fully loaded 2018 ES350. I have found the technology to be overwhelming. I was given a 'once-over' about the car at the dealership, which helped very little. I have attempted to read the various manuals, but have not become any more familiar with the car. I know that the CUE ratings for the Cadillac do not receive positive results, but the technology on the Lexus is so difficult and not logical , and cumbersome. While the Lexus gets very good reliability ratings, one should be aware of the daily use of the car. This care is built and designed for those that have a smart phone, which I do not nor wish to have. (One cannot have remote start without a cell phone, that is awful}. I do not expect to keep this car for long, but hope to return to Cadillac.
Get trapped.
When shopping we went on our emotions and wanted to buy a luxury car. Paid price for not prepared to walk away. Needed all wheels o 4 wheels drive. panoramic roof and power trunk lid and radar detector outlet near windshield to connect.. But were trapped into what Bob Rohrman had at Arligton Lexus.. These do not correct their deficiencies. The ride is as if there are no shock absorbers. Will not replace $ 40.00 worth of shocks. Well pay or ignorance.
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2018 Lexus ES 350 video

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.

2018 Lexus ES 350 Review

Edmunds Associate Staff Writer Will Kaufman reviews the 2018 Lexus ES 350. This large luxury sedan may be getting long in the tooth, but it has consistently outsold all its competitors even after some of them underwent truly impressive redesigns. What is it about the ES 350 that continues to make it such a popular choice? We explore the Lexus in our studio and on the road to find out.

Features & Specs

21 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
268 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite ES 350 safety features:

Intuitive Park Assist
Warns if you get to close to objects when moving slowly, such as when parking or navigating a narrow street.
Lexus Enform Remote
Lets owners start up the engine, open doors and find the vehicle from a compatible Android or Apple phone.
Lexus Safety System +
Helps prevent or minimize forward collisions and mitigates accidental lane departure.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 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
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Lexus ES 350 vs. the competition

2018 Lexus ES 350

2018 Lexus ES 350

2018 Lincoln MKZ

2018 Lincoln MKZ

Lexus ES 350 vs. Lincoln MKZ

Like the ES 350, the Lincoln MKZ eschews any sporting pretensions, even though you can get it with a 400-horsepower engine. Its standard adaptive suspension and super-quiet cabin are standouts, as is the amount of equipment you get for the money. However, there is no denying the ES 350 has superior interior quality, reliability ratings and resale value.

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Lexus ES 350 vs. Buick LaCrosse

Again, the ES 350 has its superior interior quality, reliability ratings and resale value compared to the Buick. And brand for brand, Lexus stands out for its stand-alone dealers renowned for their service. The LaCrosse, for its part, boasts a surprisingly nice interior itself, far more equipment for the money, a whisper-quiet cabin and a truly cushy ride. Opting for its adaptive suspension makes it surprisingly responsive to drive relative to the ES 350. These two are much closer than you might imagine.

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Lexus ES 350 vs. Toyota Avalon

The ES 350 is mechanically related to the Toyota Avalon, which isn't exactly skimping on luxury itself. You should be able to get most of the same equipment on its Toyota cousin, along with an even more spacious cabin. Comfort and refinement are strong with the Avalon as well, though you'll obviously be forgoing the prestigious Lexus badge and dealership experience.

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2018 Lexus ES 350 for Sale

Lexus ES 350 2018 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
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Packages P Z2 Trunk Mat/Cargo Net/Whl Locks/Rr Bumper App/Glove Accessories F BD Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross Traffic Alert F FT 17 Split 10-Spoke Machined Finish Wheels F HL Twin projector Bi-LED headlamps F HM Power Rear Sunshade F LL Luxury Package: Embossed Leather-Trimmed Interior Heated & Ventilated Front Seats, Pwr Tilt & Telescopic Steering Whl, Wood Interior Trim, Lexus Memory Sys for Driver's Seat, Outside Mirrors & Steering Whl, Remote Keyless Entry-Linked Memory F NV Navigation Package: Navigation System with Color Multimedia Display, Remote Touch, Lexus Enform Destination Assist (1-yr trial subscription included) & Lexus Enform App Suite (Complimentary) F PA Intuitive Parking Assist F PR Panoramic Glass Roof & Power Moon Roof F WV Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel P 2T All Weather Floor Liners P 3M Paint Protection Film by 3M P D5 Door Edge Guards P V2 Glass Breakage Sensors (GBS)
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Is the Lexus ES 350 a good car?

While the ES 350 is priced similarly to other entry-level luxury sedans, it offers more room and features than most. If you're more interested in a luxury sedan as opposed to a sport sedan such as a BMW 3 Series or Lexus' own IS, then the ES 350 will likely be your cup of tea. The roomy cabin, comfortable ride and excellent levels of quiet should be especially impressive, but at the same time, the ES isn't the rolling couch it once was. Driver engagement and confidence were substantially improved for this generation.

Does the Lexus ES 350 have good MPG?

The ES 350 returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway). Its fuel economy is pretty much identical to that of its front-wheel-drive competitors, even if some provide more power. Now, if fuel economy is a primary concern, there is the ES 300h hybrid, which boasts ratings of 40 mpg combined (40 city/39 highway). According to the EPA, you'll save about $600 per year on fuel alone. It does cost about $3,900 more, though, so it could be at least six years before you see that premium returned.

Does the Lexus ES 350 have good resale value?

If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Lexus ES 350's resale value. How much will a 2018 Lexus ES 350 be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.

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More about the 2018 Lexus ES 350
2018 Lexus ES 350 Overview

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is offered in the following submodels: ES 350 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Lexus ES 350?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 ES 350 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 ES 350.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 ES 350 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price 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 $40,025. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2,657 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,657 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,368.

The average savings for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is6.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Lexus ES 350?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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