2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan
- 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
- Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aren't offered for smartphone integration
- Navigation system controller is distracting to use
2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan pricingin Ashburn, VA
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
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.
Lexus ES 350 vs. the competition
2018 Lexus ES 350
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.
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.
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.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan for Sale
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.
How can I get a Lexus ES 350 deal?
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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.
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 Sedan Overview
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan is offered in the following styles: , and 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan?
2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,149. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,193 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,193 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$37,956.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is14% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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