The Lexus ES is still a fairly new vehicle, having been released in its current-gen model in 2019. For the 2022 model year, the Lexus ES and ES Hybrid arrive with a few updates. The largest change is that the ES hybrid is now available in an F Sport model called the ES 300h F Sport.
The changes make the ES lineup more competitive than before, though the midsize sedan continues to soldier on as one of the few midsize sedans that comes standard with front-wheel drive and focuses more on comfort than athleticism.
For 2022, the ES arrives with a slightly updated exterior design. All trim levels receive a new grille and revised LED headlights. Lexus has also introduced new wheel designs for the midsize sedan. Other than these changes, the 2022 ES continues to have the same overall design. The ES and ES hybrid’s exterior design is a mix of sharp angles and classic proportions.
Long and sleek, the ES ditches the trend of having a fastback design for something more traditional but has an imposing grille, flowing lines, and wraparound taillights. The ES also has a large amount of chrome, which is fitting for the class. The sporty F Sport trims come with larger wheels, unique badges, a spoiler, and dark trim pieces.
On the inside, the 2022 Lexus ES continues to share the same overall design as the current model. The main change is a revised instrument cluster that’s more in line with the automaker’s other vehicles. The rest of the cabin remains the same. The current ES and ES hybrid feature an asymmetrical design with the dashboard and center console centering around the driver. Drivers will find the toggles for traction control and the available drive modes above the instrument cluster. F Sport models come with sporty front seats, black interior trim, and special gauges.
The largest change for 2022 is that the ES now comes with touchscreens. Additionally, the touchscreens have been moved 4.3 inches closer toward the passengers to improve ease of use. The ES and ES Hybrid come with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, while a 12.3-inch touchscreen is available. Lexus hasn’t confirmed features for the models yet, but we expect Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a USB port to be standard. Options should include a wireless charger, navigation, and a Mark Levinson audio system.
Things won’t change under the hood for the 2022 model year. Lexus will continue to offer the ES with three powertrains. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 203 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard with the engine. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is the next motor in line, making 302 hp. This engine is only available with front-wheel drive. Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ES 300h comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 215 hp. The hybrid comes with a CVT and front-wheel drive.
The 2022 Lexus ES and ES hybrid arrive with more standard safety features. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are newly standard. The two features are in addition to the automaker’s Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 that includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. We expect parking sensors, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera to be optional.
Without any structural changes, we expect the 2022 Lexus ES to have the same crash test scores as the current model. The sedan earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS and earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.