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2023 Lexus ES

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3.5 (Good)

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2023 ES 250 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $41,940
2023 ES 350 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,940
2023 ES 300h Base 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $43,340
2023 ES 250 F SPORT Design 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,525
2023 ES 350 F SPORT Design 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $46,525
2023 ES 250 Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,110
2023 ES 350 Luxury 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,110
2023 ES 300h F SPORT Design 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $47,725
2023 ES 350 F SPORT Handling 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $48,400
2023 ES 300h Luxury 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $48,510
2023 ES 300h F SPORT Handling 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $49,635
2023 ES 250 Ultra Luxury 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,730
2023 ES 350 Ultra Luxury 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,730
2023 ES 300h Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $52,130


What's New

With no significant revisions to the ES range for 2023, Lexus has introduced a new F Sport Handling model, available with either hybrid power or the more powerful of two gas engines offered in this mid-sized sedan range. The F Sport model has also been renamed F Sport Design.

Choosing Your Lexus ES

The ES range has evolved for 2023, now including five trim levels, albeit with certain restrictions. You can only have the all-wheel drive on 250 gas models, while F Sport Handling models can be ordered with 350 or 300h engines but not the 250.

Prices start at $42,490 (including destination) for an AWD ES 250, rising to $52,480 for a 300h Ultra Luxury model with FWD. F Sport Handling is around $1,900 more than standard F Sport Design, while $3,620 will upgrade you from Luxury to Ultra Luxury.

Engine Choices

There are three engines in the ES range, starting with a 2.5-liter gas engine producing 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to standard AWD. Like the more powerful 3.5-liter V6, power is fed to the road using an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the bigger engine’s output rising to 302 hp and 267 lb-ft. The other option is a 215 hp hybrid model, combining the smaller engine with Lexus Hybrid Drive technology and feeding the front wheels via a CVT gearbox.

Fuel economy ranges from an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 28 combined in the 250 through to 22/32/26 in the 350 and 43/44/44 in hybrid guise.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
2.5-liter203 hp184 lb-ft25/34/28 mpg
3.5-liter V6302 hp267 lb-ft

22/32/26 mpg (most models)

22/31/25 mpg (F Sport)

2.5-liter Hybrid 215 hp163 lb-ft43/44/44 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater ES stands at 13.9 cu ft.

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Safety Features

Every ES packs ten airbags into its cabin, alongside Lexus’s Safety System+ 2.5. This brings pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane tracing, and active steering assistance, alongside radar-guided cruise control and traffic sign recognition. Active high beams join blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, while rain-sensing wipers are an option on ES but standard elsewhere. Luxury models and above get intuitive parking assistance with automatic reverse braking and rear pedestrian detection.


This is an ES strong suit. Even the base model has a ten-speaker Lexus audio system including satellite and HD radio, controlled through an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone integration. The Lexus app lets you remotely start your vehicle, while WiFi hotspot capabilities are standard alongside cloud navigation with destination assistance. Ultra Luxury models expand the touchscreen to 12.3 inches, while a 1,800-watt Mark Levinson stereo with 17 speakers is an option on all but the base trim.

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2023 Lexus ES – MSRP From $42,490

The most affordable ES rides into battle on 17-inch alloy wheels, with bi-LED headlamps and matching taillamps. Keyless entry accesses a cabin illuminated by a power moonroof, while the driver faces a color information display and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Perforated NuLuxe interior trim is standard with ten-way power adjustment up front, and dual-zone climate cools the cabin.

Standalone upgrades include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system ($1,080) and a 10.2-inch head-up display ($500). For $2,430, the Premium Package looks like good value. It blends heated and ventilated front seats with a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel; rain-sensing wipers and wireless device charging also join semi-automated parking and power-folding outside mirrors.

2023 Lexus ES F Sport Design – MSRP From $47,045

F Sport Design receives everything from the aforementioned Premium pack, on top of 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels and F Sport styling extending from the front bumper to the rear spoiler.

You can spend $1,030 on a 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a further $1,080 on the Mark Levinson stereo, or combine them into a pack without saving any money. The $500 head-up display and $550 powered trunk remain standalone options.

2023 Lexus ES F Sport Handling – MSRP From $48,950

Available exclusively in 350 or 300h configurations, mechanical upgrades include performance dampers and adaptive variable suspension, plus selectable driving modes and active noise control. A heated leather steering wheel complements the heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-trimmed shift knob, and aluminum detailing from the dash to the pedals.

Packages are as above.

2023 Lexus ES Luxury – MSRP From $47,660

Luxury builds on base ES trim by adding larger wheels and performance dampers, rear parking assistance with automatic braking, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The luxury part of its name is met through quilted and perforated semi-aniline leather seating, a wood-and-leather steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, and 14-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat including a powered cushion extender.

Packages are as above.

2023 Lexus ES Ultra Luxury – MSRP From $51,280

This is the first ES to receive a head-up display, a powered trunk with a kick sensor, and manual rear door sunshades to complement the power rear shade. The touchscreen expands to 12.3 inches and can display the output from a panoramic view monitor, while the car can even help to park itself.

The Mark Levinson stereo remains $1,080.

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Higher trims command a modest price premium, but a standard ES with the Premium package added ought to be more than sufficient for most buyers.

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Expert Review

  • Gorgeous interior design
  • Tranquil ride
  • Frugal hybrid powertrain
  • Low starting price
  • Engines lack punch
  • Not an athlete
  • AWD only with four-cylinder
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Now Available With More Tech. The current-gen Lexus ES has been a value-packed model ever since it was introduced in 2019. Lexus continues to outdo a lot of its competitors by offering its midsize sedan with a generous list of standard features, which others can’t match. For 2023, the ES arrives with some new changes that make it seven more tech-friendly than before.

The sedan’s infotainment system has been updated with the new Lexus Interface system. It brings wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard for the standard eight-inch touchscreen. The new infotainment system also includes an intelligent assist software feature that responds to “Hey, Lexus” prompts, Drive Connect Capability with Cloud Navigation, and a Destination Assist service that’s available through a subscription.

Upgrading to get the larger 12.3-inch touchscreen is a good decision, as the eight-inch screen looks small in the expansive dashboard. Another gripe we have with the eight-inch screen is that the on-screen controls can look small on the standard unit. Plus, the crisp graphics look better on the larger screen.

Sportier, But Not Sporty. Another large change Lexus made for 2023 is the introduction of a new ES F Sport package that changes the way the sedan handles. It, unfortunately, doesn’t drastically alter the ES’ comfort-first ride.

The new F Sport Handling package includes F Sport adaptive suspension, 19-inch wheels, along with a new Sport+ mode and a Custom Drive mode. While the changes result in a sharper-handling ES, the changes are minor and aren't worth the extra cost.

In an attempt to appeal to a wide range of luxury shoppers, the ES features a forgiving ride and smooth powertrains. It’s not the most exciting sedan to drive, but for most, its smooth, comfortable performance is sure to be enjoyed more.

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Confusing Powertrain Choices. Lexus offers a lineup of confusing engines for the ES. Things start off with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower. It routes power to all four wheels as standard, which is a nice touch. The problem with this powertrain is that it feels underpowered for a midsize sedan.

The upgraded engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that’s rated at 302 hp. This engine delivers a far more appropriate punch for the sedan, but it’s only available with front-wheel drive. It’s a confusing choice that limits the appeal of the V6.

The best choice in the lineup is the available hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. The combined output is 215 hp, which isn’t much, but you do get up to 44 mpg combined. That’s much better than the 28 mpg combined figure for the base four-cylinder and the V6’s combined rating of 26 mpg.

Whatever engine you go with, don’t expect impressive passing power or neck-snapping acceleration with the ES.

Roomy, Upscale Cabin. While the ES has an exterior design that’s polarizing, the sedan’s interior is far less contentious. The sweeping design of the dashboard and controls at the top of the instrument cluster are distinctive to the ES. For 2023, Lexus has finally gotten rid of the touchpad, choosing to use the space for a few cupholders instead. We think it's a great idea, as the touchpad was infuriating to use.

In addition to the upscale design, the ES’ cabin also features high-end materials for a plush environment. You’ll have a difficult time trying to find hard plastics or unsightly materials in the ES, as everything looks and feels plush. The ES also has a surprising amount of interior space. The second row has 39.2 inches of rear legroom and 37.8 inches of headroom, which is more than enough for adults to get comfortable on a long drive.

The issue with the ES is that it isn’t available with a folding rear seat. This can make it difficult to store large cargo, though the sedan’s trunk offers a generous 17 cubic feet of cargo space.

Final Thoughts. Against other midsize sedans, the 2023 Lexus ES lags behind in a few key areas. It doesn’t have the same performance, cutting-edge tech features, or high-end exterior design. What the ES does offer, a comfortable ride, a roomy interior, and an efficient hybrid powertrain, are sure to be enjoyed by most that can get past the sedan’s aggressive exterior design. We think most people will be able to look past the design and the lack of larger screens, but the ES’ lack of performance continues to be its largest drawback.

The Genesis G80 is another value-packed midsize sedan. It features an elegant design, an available 375-hp V6 engine, an opulent interior, loads of tech, and a relaxed ride. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to be the benchmark for the segment. It’s brimming with tech features, has a lavish cabin, features a supple ride, and is available with a wide range of powertrains.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 203 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 203 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Automatic Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 34 / 29 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
195.9 "
Exterior Width
73.4 "
Exterior Height
57.1 "
Front Headroom
37.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
39.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,780 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Mark Levinson Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 Pioneer / 17 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/left Turn Intersection Support Forward Collision Mitigation W/left Turn Assist
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert (lda) With Steering Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Tracing Assist (lta) Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System (pcs) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intelligent High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Intuitive Parking Assist Front And Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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