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article imageReview: 2013 Lexus ES 350 Sedan: A strong case in entry-level luxury

By Kyle Busch     Jun 8, 2012 in Technology
This article reviews the 2013 Lexus ES 350, a highly polished mid-size sedan that provides sporty handling combined with style and luxury.
The Lexus ES has established a solid following among entry-level luxury car buyers. Drivers love the car’s creamy smooth and dependable operation plus the luxury it provides.
So what does the 2013 Lexus ES 350 Sedan bring to the highway?
The ES Sedan is Lexus’ best selling passenger car. It is a five-passenger four-door front-wheel drive sedan. In the past, the ES shared its platform with the Toyota Camry. Now, however, it shares the Toyota Avalon’s larger platform.
The engine is a 3.5-liter V6-cylinder providing 268 hp and 248 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. This sedan’s 0-60 mph time is in a quick 7.1 seconds.
This Lexus sedan has a wheelbase measuring 111 inches and the trunk has 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 17.2 gallons and its highway cruising range is 527 miles.
The ES 350 has athletic looking sheetmetal combined with a high level of refinement.
At the front the windshield is well raked. The hood is broad and includes V shaped recessed areas at the edges. The headlights have a rectangular shape that is extended at the cross corners. The grille has an interesting looking hourglass shape. Beneath the bumper is a large air intake flanked by round driving lights.
The ES 350’s side profile has a coupe like shape including a low roof line. The upper glass has limited height and thus helps to accentuate the height of the doors. There is a beveled cut line located a bit above the door handles. Otherwise the look is flat and smooth. The front headlights and rear taillights are visible in the fenders.
At the rear the ES 350 has a broad and solid stance. The trunk deck lid includes a slight spoiler lip at the top. The license plate area has an hourglass shape. The taillights are large horizontal units that include crisp outer angles. At the bottom there is a black insert that contains dual exhausts at the corners.
The interior of this Lexus contains luxury materials and it is sophisticated looking. The car’s overall fit and finish is excellent. Information is provided to the driver by round gauges that include a tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. The temperature and fuel gauges are located at the outer edges. The door panels and dash contain nicely finished wood inserts. The center part of the dash is carved out and houses an optional 8 inch navigation screen. A classy looking round clock is located in between the center air vents. The front bucket seats are broad, comfortable and have moderate side bolstering. The center console is wide and it provides a large central storage area. The rear provides good legroom for up to three adults.
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11.6 inches at the front and 11 inches at the rear. The ES 350’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 118 feet. The tires measure 215 55 17 inch. Larger 255 45 18 inch tires are also available.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multi-links, coil springs, twin-tube-gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Lexus include 10-way power driver and passengers seats, dual-zone climate control, power door locks, windows and mirrors, remote power door locks, cruise control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, external temperature display, front and rear cup holders, overhead console with storage, remote trunk release, retained accessory power, electronic speed-proportional power steering, 12 volt power outlets, interior air filter, front and rear reading lights, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with Sirius XM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, radio data system, pre-wired for phone, USB connection and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, electronic brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.
The fuel rating for this mid-size Lexus is 21 city and 31 mpg highway.
On the road this ES 350 offers good acceleration, sporty handling and excellent ride quality. Quiet is the word regarding the car’s operation in all driving environments. Overall, the Lexus ES 350 is an impressive mid-size luxury sedan that is highly polished and it will provide many years of driving enjoyment.
The 2013 Lexus ES 350’s price starts at $38,000. Look for it to be in dealership showroom by August 2012.
If you want a highly comfortable high-tech mid-size luxury sedan that is quiet and performs impressively, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 has your number!
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