The seventh-generation Lexus ES arrived with an all-new look and even more luxury in 2019. With this redesigned sedan heading into only its third model year and still fresh, we expect the 2021 Lexus ES to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
Being a carryover, we expect the 2021 Lexus ES’ design to remain virtually identical to the current model. Its 2019 redesign brought in a longer, lower, and wider body, giving it a sportier stance than before. It also brought about the boldest iteration of the Lexus spindle grille to date with its wavy grille insert in select trims. We expect this design to remain the same in the 2021 ES. Buyers who prefer a sportier look will still have the optional F Sport model, which will continue to include darkening bits, a mesh-style grille, upgraded wheels, and more.
Inside, the current ES is nothing short of classy and luxurious with its horizontal dash lines that widen the cabin visually, a dash-top 8- or 12.3-inch touchscreen, standard leatherette or optional leather upholstery, a tidy center stack with limited buttons and knobs, and more. The F Sport model adds a sportier steering wheel and darkened trim. Tech is also top-notch, for the most part, with standard Apple CarPlay and three USB ports, and its available Mark Levinson audio system and navigation. Its only sore spots are its lack of Android Auto, which Lexus may rectify in 2021, and its wonky touchpad infotainment system interface.
We expect the 2021 Lexus ES to remain unchanged under its hood and roll in with a standard 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, buyers can pick up the ES 300h with a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 2.0-liter engine with an electric motor and pumps out 215 hp. This hybrid luxury sedan also delivers an impressive 43 miles per gallon city, 44 highway, and 44 combined.
With its “Good” ratings in all IIHS crash tests, “Good”- rated optional adaptive headlights, and a “Superior”-rated automatic emergency braking, the current Lexus ES is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. We expect no changes to this safety equipment or ratings in the 2021 ES, so these ratings will likely remain unchanged. Also standard is active lane control, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.