2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan
- Fully redesigned for 2019
- More powerful V6 engine
- Upgraded technology and safety features
- All-new F Sport trim
- Part of the seventh ES generation introduced for 2019
- Comfortable and mostly upscale interior
- Excellent ride quality
- F Sport's surprisingly capable handling
- Finicky infotainment interface
- Disappointing quality of a few interior plastics
- Rear seats don't fold down
2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which ES 350 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The midsize luxury sedan category spans a broad price segment and encompasses cars from just about every continent with an automaker. That means there are tons of choices and a proverbial seat for every behind. One model that will likely stir up some interest is the 2019 Lexus ES 350.
As with prior ES versions, the redesigned 2019 ES 350 is an easy-driving, quiet, comfortable and well-built sedan. But this time, Lexus has attempted to infuse the car with a little more personality. This new generation is slightly wider and lower than its predecessor. Still, in spite of the more aggressive profile, a lower seating position results in nearly identical headroom. A 2-inch increase in wheelbase both adds to the looks and the interior space.
Picking an ES is still simple. The car comes with an excellent array of standard equipment, which you can bolster with a few choice options. The new interior features elements from Lexus' flagship LS and LC models, such as design details and a new infotainment system that uses a touchpad controller. This system is more intuitive to use than the previous joystick-based system, but it still involves a learning curve to understand the menu structure fully. Probably the best thing to happen to the 2019 ES 350 is its Apple CarPlay integration. Unfortunately, Android users still have to wait for Android Auto support.
For power, the ES 350 continues to use a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It now produces 302 horsepower (up 34 hp from last year) and 267 pound-feet of torque, and is connected to a new eight-speed automatic that replaces the previous six-speed. These changes should help the ES 350 be a little quicker than before. Lexus also engineered the suspension and dynamics to make the ES drive with greater agility and a quick turn-in. There's even an F Sport version for 2019, which is the first time for the ES.
Altogether, these updates increase the 2019 Lexus ES 350's luxury and functionality, which in turn helps it maintain its ability to satisfy as many people as possible. In just about every way, it's a better car than before. It should be a smart pick for a midsize luxury sedan this year.
2019 Lexus ES 350 configurations
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan available in four trims. The base ES 350 features an extensive features list. As its name suggests, the Luxury trim adds more luxury items, while the Ultra Luxury model adds even more amenities. An F Sport trim, new for the ES series, comes with a sportier look and feel. A hybrid model, the ES 300h, is also available and reviewed separately.
Powering every ES 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 (302 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Note that some of the following options and configurations may be limited depending on where the car is purchased.
Thanks to its extensive standard features, the base ES 350 may be enough for some shoppers. Standard feature highlights include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. On the electronic front, you get an 8-inch central infotainment display, Bluetooth, navigation (Scout GPS Link), a Wi-Fi hotspot (Lexus Enform), three USB ports (one front, two rear) and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio.
Standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, dynamic cruise control, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist and parking sensors.
An optional Premium package adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, and automatic wipers.
The Luxury trim has those features plus heated mirrors, noise-reducing side windows, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting and interior wood trim.
Additional luxury amenities come with the Ultra Luxury trim. It adds higher-quality leather seating, a power rear sunshade with manual rear door sunshades, a hands-free trunk release, and special chassis dampers that help absorb vibrations when cornering.
Building on a standard ES 350 with Premium package, the ES 350 F Sport comes with 19-inch wheels, the chassis dampers from the Ultra Luxury package, a special grille and rear spoiler, aluminum interior trim pieces, sport front seats, special gauges, a unique analog clock and active noise control.
While the ES 350 is well-equipped, there are still a few options buyers might want. A navigation system and premium Mark Levinson sound system can be optioned together or individually. Ordering the navigation system also gets you a 12.3-inch display and Apple CarPlay. Other options include a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display and a wireless phone charger pad. The F Sport can be upgraded with adaptive suspension dampers and a sport steering wheel.
Additional safety options include a blind-spot monitoring system, parking sensors and a surround-view camera system.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2019 Lexus ES 350 video
SPEAKER: With the new ES, Lexus has set themselves a pretty difficult task. They're trying to not only please the existing fans of this car, but to attract a whole new audience. And to that end, they haven't just redesigned it to make it look sleeker and more aggressive, they've added a whole new trim level-- the first ever Lexus ES 350 F Sport. Now, I know that the front end of this Lexus is creating some mixed opinions, but there's no denying this new car is a lot sleeker looking. The wheelbase has actually also grown about two inches. So we're going to hop inside and see how that's affected the interior space and check out the new design. This interior has been completely redesigned and it's a big improvement over the outgoing model. There are a lot of visual cues from Lexus's higher end cars-- means there's just a lot of high end visual touches in here. Also, just the materials have been handled well. Everything's textured. Everything feels good on your hands. There are some hard plastics around, but all these touch points are covered in quality materials, and it feels more upscale than the outgoing model. One of the big obvious changes in this car is the new infotainment system. Gone is a little joystick, and now you have this track pad. It's got its own drawbacks. There are things that I don't like about using this system. That said, it looks a lot better. This giant screen up here has some sharp graphics. It improves the look of the interior. The other upgrade you get here is Apple CarPlay. For the first time ever, a Lexus has Apple CarPlay. There's no Android Auto yet. Word is that it's coming and will be included as a software update. So you don't have to worry about buying one-- if it doesn't have it now, it should in the future. This is the F sport, so there are a few differences in here from the standard car. These seats are different. The new seats in the standard car are very comfortable. I like them a lot. There's four way adjustable lumbar, there's a good amount of padding, and they're nicely contoured. These seats are a scootch less comfortable, but I've still been in them for a couple of hours and I'm pretty happy. I'm way happier than I have been in most other sports buckets. The seats are also heated and ventilated. All of that is hooked into Lexus's climate concierge service, which will automatically adjust seat heating and cooling and steering wheel heating, along with the AC. And that's a good thing, because there are fewer buttons in here. I appreciated in the outgoing model just how many hard buttons there were to control everything so you didn't have to deal with the infotainment interface. Some of the adjustments here, you have to go through this interface to make them. So having a good automatic climate control system is pretty important. Here in the backseat, I can really see how that extra two inches of wheelbase has paid off. I have a ton of knee room here. The one issue I have is that if I sit up all the way, my head starts to brush the ceiling. I'm a little tall. I think that most passengers are not going to have an issue with that. I think most adults are going to be pretty happy sitting back here, even on longer drives. Speaking of which, why don't we find out how it drives? SUVs may be all the rage. We all have heard about Ford saying that they're not going to make any more sedans. And I think that's really sad. It's great that Lexus is still dedicated to making sedans, and this new ES is a good example of why. The ride and handling characteristics of this car are just really impressive. For this new ES, the V6 engine makes more power. It now makes 302 horsepower and gets from zero to 60 in an estimated 6.6 seconds. The old six speed automatic has been replaced with a new eight speed unit that also improves fuel economy. The new hybrid gets 15 extra horsepower for a 215 total system, now coming in at 44 miles per gallon combined. That is a really impressive number. Those standard cars-- the ES 350 and the ES 300H-- both also get redesigned suspension. There's some new mechanical trickery there that I'm sure Dan Edmunds would be thrilled to talk to you about at length. I will just cut to the chase and say that it improves both cornering stability and the ride. I always thought the ride in the old ES-- once you got onto choppy pavement on the freeway, it just started to feel kind of busy. The F sport gets adaptive suspension. It gets some sound boosting for the exhaust. So you get more of an aggressive exhaust note in the cabin. You get a unique gauge cluster here and a sport plus mode. The adaptive suspension has really impressed me. It just sort of blows me away. This car handles bumps spectacularly with the adaptive suspension setup. Also, the way that it turns in is really surprising to me. The engineers were talking about how they're trying to capture more of the feel of a rear drive car. And well, when you get on the accelerator, you can tell this is still a front-wheel drive car. The way that it pulls and the way it accelerates out of turns-- the way that the car loads up and the way that it rotates actually feels much more like a rear-wheel drive car. It's not all wine and roses, though. There is the issue of the eight speed gearbox. In normal driving, it is just fine. There is no problem with it. It's unobtrusive. It shifts smoothly. It downshifts quickly. But in the F sport-- when you're trying to drive aggressively, there's a little delay. It still wants to upshift. It's not keeping you in the power band the way that I'd like. And that means that when you try and get on it coming out of a corner, you've got to wait for it to downshift. And that just sort of spoils a little bit of the sporty feel. It's also-- shifting with the paddles doesn't really work. It's not direct shifting. What you're doing is selecting the highest gear that you want the car to be in. So the car can still shift underneath that. But when you're driving the F sport, the attitude of the shifter just doesn't match that really impressive handling. Lexus has also done a lot of work to make the ES quieter, on top of improving the ride. There is now sound deadening material absolutely everywhere in this car. There are even optional sound insulating wheels that have a little resonance chamber in the rims to absorb the noise of impact and vibration from the tires. And it all works. This car is also much quieter than the outgoing car. In keeping with Lexus putting more safety technology in everything, the new ES comes standard with the full suite. You get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist all standard. And the adaptive cruise control in this new generation can actually bring the car to a complete stop, instead of cutting out at about 25 miles an hour like the old generation did. Overall, this is a really successful update for the ES. I think the traditional buyer is going to be really happy with everything. As much as I still don't love this touchpad interface, it's an improvement over the old system. And Apple CarPlay and hopefully, Android Auto are really nice to have in this car, finally. It's quieter. It's more comfortable. The interior materials are nicer and the interior design looks more upscale. I also think the F sport-- it has some strengths that make it appealing. That adaptive suspension is great. I think that alone is probably worth the cost of entry. But, if you're looking for a sports sedan outside of that really surprising handling, it still leaves something to be desired. We don't have official pricing for the new ES, yet. It should be about the same price as the outgoing model. They're saying about $39,000 MSRP. So expect it to play in that same range of about 40 to the mid 50s. So this new Lexus ES is quieter. It's more comfortable. It's nicer on the inside. It's better to drive. The technology has improved, I mean, really in every way. This is a better car than the outgoing ES. The F Sport handles really well, but that gearbox just holds it back a little bit. We'll know more when we finally get the new Lexus ES to our test track and do a full rating and review. And then we can give you our final verdict. For more information, be sure to stay tuned to edmunds.com And if you like this video, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport First Drive
Associate Staff Writer Will Kaufman traveled to Nashville to get his hands on the newest generation of America's best-selling midsize luxury sedan, the 2019 Lexus ES. In this preliminary review, he'll talk about what sets the 2019 ES 350, the ES 300h hybrid and, of course, the ES 350 F Sport apart from the previous model. Lexus' extensive redesign has improved the ES in just about every way, and the new F Sport trim is meant to up the nameplate's sporting appeal. Has Lexus made the old standby into something worth getting excited about?
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite ES 350 safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Uses radar to detect when vehicles are alongside and alerts the driver to potential side collision due to a lane change maneuver.
- Lexus Enform Safety Connect
- Provides automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency button inside the cabin, and enhanced roadside assistance.
- Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
- Bundles a variety of standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Lexus ES 350 vs. the competition
2019 Lexus ES 350
2018 Acura TLX
Lexus ES 350 vs. Acura TLX
While the TLX comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, it can also be equipped with a V6 engine that produces similar power to the ES 350's V6. You can also get the TLX with all-wheel drive. The Lexus' larger rear seat area and cargo space make it the better road-trip car. The infotainment system isn't all that great on either one, though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the TLX.
Lexus ES 350 vs. Audi A4
The Audi's suspension and lightweight chassis give it the handling edge over the ES 350, though the A4's turbocharged four-cylinder engine is down on power compared to the big V6 in the Lexus. But then again, the Lexus has much more car to move around — it's nearly 10 inches longer with correspondingly larger interior space. It comes down to nimble handling for the Audi versus over-the-road comfort for the Lexus.
Lexus ES 350 vs. Toyota Camry
The ES 350 and the Camry share similar powertrains and size. From a design standpoint, the main difference comes down to quality: The Camry has a simpler interior and fewer upscale features. In contrast, the ES 350 is much quieter, with higher-quality interior trim. Of course, the Camry is less expensive, especially if you opt for the four-cylinder engine.
2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan for Sale
The 2019 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 ES appeals to large numbers of buyers seeking an elegant yet practical five-passenger sedan.
The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a healthy 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed transmission. Lexus estimates this combination is good enough to accelerate the midsize luxury sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which is excellent considering the vehicle's 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 2019 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, or trims, available, including a new F Sport model. Each builds 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 hands-free 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 options configuration is different than most, this Lexus is 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 2019 Lexus ES 350.
2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Overview
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan is offered in the following styles: Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 ES 350 Sedan 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 2019 ES 350 Sedan.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 ES 350 Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including Ultra Luxury, F SPORT, Base, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan?
2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,140. The average price paid for a new 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2,102 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan F SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is4.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,855. The average price paid for a new 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,009 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,009 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$47,846.
The average savings for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is2.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,525. The average price paid for a new 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1,684 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,684 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,841.
The average savings for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is4.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,020. The average price paid for a new 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2,262 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,262 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$50,758.
The average savings for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is4.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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