The Lexus ES is a model that has been very popular in recent years, especially in Nigeria. It is a line of luxury sedans from the Toyota‘s luxury car group, Lexus. On the ES series, the ES 350 stands alone as the best. The ES 350 is a beautifully crafted car that offers the user plenty of luxury and tremendous performance. So if you’re looking for a luxury sedan that won’t go out of style anytime soon, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 may be an ideal choice for you. With its classic styling and features that are years beyond its rivals, you can count on the ES gracing the streets of your city for years to come ( which has already started). The ES 350 comes in many package option, from the base option to the high end premium packages. We are going to take a look at its base option in this review.
The new ES 350 has seen a few changes from its predecessor. Even though the body designs has been borrowed from its 2017 sibling, the front grille has been modified to look very bold and extremely imposing. The interior in the new ES 350 is also a bit larger than the previous model, though this wouldn’t be noticed at first glance but until one steps into the car’s interior. With its 18 inches wheels and body arches meant to visually captivate its audience, this car has little rival when beauty is in question. The 2018 Lexus ES also gets a bi-LED headlights and all variants receive an updated Lexus Enform interface inside the cabin. A new Premier package is now also available on the ES 350, with more added features to compensate for the additional cost.
The Lexus Safety System plus safety suite comes standard on the new ES 350 and includes forward collision warning and mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic emergency braking, high beam assist and sway warning. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are optional as part of a premium package.
On the road, the steering of the new ES is nicely weighted and the suspension is more athletic than you might expect from a car with such a cushioned ride. Also its curb weight of 3,571 pounds (1623kg) is another parameter that contributes to its smooth and economical driving.
Inside, the new ES is rich in standard equipment, like perforated NuLuxe upholstery, power locks and mirrors as well as power window controls, heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, Driver and passenger Lumbar support,heated steering, front and back compartment air conditioning, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, a power trunk, a 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, one touch open and close power moon roof, leather seating and many more.
Technology features include steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control buttons which can be used to control most features of the car, 8-speaker sound system that produces powerful sound for consumers delight, Display Audio with a back-up camera, driver-selectable engine mapping and Lexus own Enform Remote which allows new ES owners to remotely view and control certain features such as the locks, engine stop & start and climate control via a mobile app. Bluetooth hands-free technology is also standard on the new ES with multiple supported connectivity.
Also on the inside, the steering wheel is slimmer and sportier looking than its predecessor. There’s a new in-cluster display and there are new “Enter” buttons on either side of the infotainment system controller. The cabin leather is comfortable to the touch, and buyers will love the panoply of physical switchgear for radio and HVAC controls on the dashboard.
Thanks to its thick glass and a few other factors, the ES 350’s interior is damn quiet. There’s a bit of wind noise around the A-pillars on the very high end of highway speeds, but driving around town, it earns the “vault-like” quietness upon which its makers got their bragging rights. Suspension tuning on the new ES is on the soft side, soaking up most bumps and shakes without vibrating the driver to pieces or sending booming sounds into the cabin.
Engine and Transmission
The Lexus ES has just two power-train configurations: the more common will be a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that is paired with a 6-speed automatic. Operating at 4,700 RPM, the engine produces nearly 250 pound-feet of peak torque. The Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) fitted on the new ES ensures smooth ride and good mileage. This innovative transmission is made to produce seamless up shifts and down shifts in gear selections.
The V-6 variant offers smooth and solid acceleration, while the hybrid variant delivers acceptable performance with remarkably high fuel economy for a large and luxurious sedan. Fuel combustion in the six-cylinder engine follows a powerful and efficient cycle that’s managed by the Variable Valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) mechanism borrowed from the parent company, Toyota. In fact, the new ES 350 proudly carries the Certified Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV II) label to its bragging rights.
- Extremely forgiving ride moves smoothly even on the roughest roads.
- Quiet and luxuriously well built interior.
- Smooth V6 engine and transmission the gives great performance.
- Great electronic safety systems come standard.
- Navigation system controller can distract the driver’s focus when in use.
- Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aren’t offered for full smartphone integration.
- Road handling is not as impressive as seen on its competitors.
Starting at $38,457