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Lexus ES

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4.0 (Excellent)

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The Lexus ES has been a mainstay of the brand's lineup in much the same way a large tree anchors a backyard; its quiet, unassuming presence doesn't thrill or excite, but it's still pleasantly reassuring and familiar. With an all-new 2019 Lexus ES, the automaker has had to work carefully to preserve the car's traditional selling points while simultaneously expanding its appeal beyond those simply looking for a modern Buick LeSabre. Whether or not the crossover-obsessed buying public will embrace it is still to be determined, but the comfortable ES soundly proves that not every entry-level luxury sedan needs to be a dedicated rear-wheel-drive sport sedan.

2019 - 2020 Lexus ES

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Lexus ES

Major changes included:

Just like the retiring generation, the new ES is available in one of two guises: the standard ES 350 or the hybrid ES 300h. The former will likely be the volume model, and the 350 nomenclature denotes the familiar 3.5-liter V6 that once again returns for duty. This time around, upgrades like direct injection and... Read more »

2019 | 2020

2018 - 2018 Lexus ES

3/4 Front Glamour 2018 Lexus ES

Major changes included:

Choosing a Lexus ES starts at the powertrain, which comes in gas-powered or hybrid configurations. The gas engine is a 3.5-liter V6 producing 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 200 hp and 156 lb-ft. The gas engine is the... Read more »


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