The Lexus ES went through a significant overhaul in 2019, ushering in a new look and pushing the sedan to a new level of luxury. With it entering just its fourth model year, we expect the 2022 Lexus ES to be a carryover model.
As a carryover model, we expect the 2022 ES’ exterior to continue with its sleek profile, subtle body lines, long hood, angular headlights, and massive spindle grille. We also expect the F Sport model to remain the same with its larger wheels and sportier trim.
Inside, the current Lexus ES boasts a simple but refined cabin with a clean center stack, 8- or 12.3-inch touchscreen, and eye-grabbing angles. Moving into the range-topping Ultra Luxury model adds wood trim, perforated leather seats, ambient lighting, and more. We expect all the 2022 Lexus ES ‘ cabin to remain the same.
Under its hood, the current Lexus ES features three powertrain options. The base option is the ES 250 with a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Next up is the ES 300h, which pairs the 2.5-liter engine to a hybrid-drive unit for a combined 215 hp heading to the front wheels. Topping the range is the ES 350 and its 3.5-liter V6 with 302 hp and an eight-speed automatic transmission that only delivers power to the front wheels. These powertrain options are likely to remain the same in the 2022 Lexus ES.
Like any good Toyota-built car, the Lexus ES is one of the safest vehicles in its class. In IIHS testing, it received the Top Safety Pick+ designation thanks to its “Good” crash test scores, “Good”-rated optional headlights, and “Superior” vehicle-to-vehicle crash avoidance with its standard automatic emergency braking. Given the IIHS doesn’t change its requirements for the Top Safety Pick+ designation, we expect the 2022 Lexus ES to retain this rating.
All current ES models come standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control, ad we expect this to continue in the 2022 Lexus ES.