2013 Lexus ES 350 Base

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Alsbou Motors" Expert Review

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 remains the standard-bearer for a relaxed, luxuriously insulated form of transportation. The competition has narrowed the gap over the years, though, so it's hardly your only option for an entry-level luxury sedan.

Vehicle overview

The Lexus ES has always been a car whose loyal owners simply trade in one for another when it's time to buy another car. Each generation has been designed to a familiar formula of ample midsize proportions, solid reliability, simple controls, a comfy ride and enough luxury features and ambience to justify its price over the mechanically related Toyota Camry. Well, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 represents a new generation. Does it carry on the family line?

There are no worries here, because the new ES 350 maintains that familiar formula. Even its exterior styling is an evolution of the previous car. Lexus has adopted some styling cues from the new GS, but the ES's silhouette is instantly familiar. The interior is a more radical departure, however, as the anonymous design of the old car has been replaced with a far more modern and visually interesting one. The controls are a little more complicated than before -- especially with the love-it or hate-it Remote Touch electronics interface -- but that's simply a result of the increased number of electronics features that must be controlled.

Mechanically, the new ES 350 is once again related to the latest Toyota Camry, but is now closer in size to the also-related Toyota Avalon. All three cars share various engine and other mechanical similarities, but the differences are sufficient enough to disprove the common refrain that the ES 350 is just a Camry with a Lexus badge. More importantly, the ES 350 boasts a more structurally rigid body than before as well as suspension and steering changes. This makes it feel more buttoned-down and solid, while also more responsive to driver inputs. The ES 350 has always been both appreciated and admonished for the isolated way it goes about its business, and we doubt that will change. However, the new car makes the driver feel a little more in control -- especially when the new Sport mode is engaged -- and that should always be considered a good thing.

In total, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 should continue to please its loyal customer base while being updated enough to remain relevant in this competitive entry-level luxury sedan segment. The old car was getting very stale, and those willing to look around a bit were likely to find the Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Genesis provided a similar formula with plenty of advantages -- price being the primary one. The new-for-2013 ES 350 has caught up in most respects, but those aforementioned rivals and the Acura TL should still be considered. Whether you're on your sixth ES or a first-time shopper, the ES is no longer our automatic pick in this class, and this has everything to do with the strength of the competition.

2013 Lexus ES 350 models

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five people.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, LED running lamps, foglamps, a sunroof, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (with two-way adjustable lumbar), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The Lexus Display Audio package adds a large central screen, the Remote Touch electronics interface, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. The Navigation package includes all of the above items plus a navigation system, voice control, real-time traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of Internet-based apps. A 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system can be added to the Navigation package.

To the Display Audio and Navigation packages you can add the Premium package, which adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, real wood trim and a wood-trimmed steering wheel. Or, you could add the Luxury package, which includes all of the Premium items plus xenon headlamps, parking sensors, extended leather trim, heated and ventilated seats, and a power rear sunshade. The Ultra Luxury package goes one step further by adding a panoramic sunroof, a power-closing trunk, automatic wipers, a 10-way power driver seat, passenger seat memory functions, manual rear door sunshades, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting and the Mark Levinson system. This package requires the choice of either special 17- or 18-inch wheels.

Stand-alone options include adaptive cruise control (includes the pre-collision system), a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, a power-closing trunk, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlamps, heated front seats (with the standard vinyl upholstery), a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.

2013 Highlights

The Lexus ES 350 has been completely redesigned for 2013. It has been joined by the ES 300h hybrid model.

Performance & mpg

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the ES 350 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is on par with its competitors. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

Safety

Every 2013 Lexus ES 350 comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also included is Lexus Safety Connect with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assist button.

Optional equipment includes parking sensors, a lane-departure warning system and a blind-spot monitor that includes a rear cross-traffic alert system. The optional adaptive cruise control includes the pre-collision system, which primes the seatbelts and brakes when it senses an impending collision.

In Edmunds brake testing, the ES came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is average.

In government crash testing, the ES 350 earned a top five-star rating for its overall performance, with five stars for total frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the ES the highest possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Driving

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 delivers a refined driving experience that's bolstered by a V6 engine that's smooth and responsive. No one will ever deem the new ES sporty, but few people will expect it to be. Instead, this year's more precise steering response and feel is a welcome improvement that everyone should appreciate. The ES's Sport mode further sharpens steering and throttle response, but the resulting driving experience feels like it would be a normal mode in many other cars. The actual "Normal" mode would be a comfort setting.

At highway speeds, the cabin remains remarkably silent, mostly devoid of wind, road or engine noise. Bumps and ruts in the road are now better absorbed than before, but don't expect complete isolation or the floating sensations many assume the ES exhibits.

Interior

The 2013 Lexus ES 350's cabin is a far more modern, stylish environment than that of past models. There's still wood trim on hand, but it's more subtly applied and looks more like the genuine article. The analog clock in the center of the dash is a classy touch that breaks up the otherwise high-tech environment. Of course, the quality of materials depends on whether you opt for one of the luxury packages, but build quality is excellent in typical Lexus fashion.

The climate controls are still quite simple to use, but those for the audio system have become more complicated due to the increased number of available media types. When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation package, you get the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is essentially a mouselike device that controls a cursor on a large centrally located screen. We've found this interface to be likable in that it's very similar to using a computer mouse, but the ultra-sensitive nature of the controller can be distracting while driving, and we recommend playing around with it before taking an ES 350 home.

Space is ample all around, with the ES 350 coming closer to the Avalon in size than the Camry to which it has traditionally been compared. Backseat legroom, in particular, is very impressive, but taller occupants will find their heads touching the roof in ES 350s equipped with the optional panoramic sunroof. The trunk offers 15.2 cubic feet of space, which is average for a midsize car. The rear seats do not fold down, however, and only a pass-through is offered.

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Front Air Conditioning - Automatic Climate Control
Front Air Conditioning Zones - Dual
Airbag Deactivation - Occupant Sensing Passenger
Front Airbags - Dual
Knee Airbags - Dual Front
Side Airbags - Front , Rear
Side Curtain Airbags - Front , Rear
Antenna Type - Diversity , Mast
Auxiliary Audio Input - Bluetooth , MP3 , USB , IPod / IPhone
Digital Sound Processing
In-Dash CD - 6 Disc , MP3 Playback
Radio - AM / FM
Remote Control - Audio
Satellite Radio - SiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Total Speakers - 8
ABS - 4-wheel
Braking Assist
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Front Brake Diameter - 11.6
Front Brake Type - Ventilated Disc
Power Brakes
Rear Brake Diameter - 11.0
Rear Brake Type - Disc
Armrests - Rear Center Folding With Pass-thru , Rear Center With Cupholders
Door Trim - Wood
Floor Mat Material - Carpet
Floor Material - Carpet
Floor Mats - Front , Rear
Interior Accents - Leather , Woodgrain
Shift Knob Trim - Alloy , Leather
Steering Wheel Trim - Leather , Wood
Assist Handle - Front , Rear
Cargo Area Light
Center Console - Front Console With Armrest And Storage
Cruise Control
Cupholders - Front , Rear
Footwell Lights
Memorized Settings - Side Mirrors
Multi-function Remote - Panic Alarm , Proximity Entry System , Trunk Release
One-touch Windows - 2
Power Outlet(s) - 12V Front
Power Steering
Power Windows - Lockout Button
Push-button Start
Reading Lights - Front , Rear
Rearview Mirror - Auto-dimming
Retained Accessory Power
Steering Wheel - Tilt And Telescopic
Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Audio , Cruise Control , Multi-function , Phone
Storage - Accessory Hook , Front Seatback
Tool Kit
Universal Remote Transmitter - Homelink - Garage Door Opener
Vanity Mirrors - Dual Illuminating
Axle Ratio - 3.45
Drive Mode Selector
Door Handle Color - Body-color
Exhaust - Dual Tip
Front Bumper Color - Body-color
Grille Color - Chrome Surround
Mirror Color - Body-color
Rear Bumper Color - Body-color
Window Trim - Chrome
Clock
External Temperature Display
Multi-function Display
Trip Odometer
Warnings And Reminders - Coolant Temperature Warning , Lamp Failure , Low Fuel Level , Low Oil Pressure , Maintenance Due , Tire Fill Alert , Turn Off Headlights
Daytime Running Lights - LED
Exterior Entry Lights - Approach Lamps , Puddle Lamps
Front Fog Lights
Headlights - Auto Delay Off , Halogen
Taillights - LED
Side Mirror Adjustments - Manual Folding , Power
Side Mirrors - Auto-dimming , Heated , Integrated Turn Signals
Moonroof / Sunroof - One-touch Open / Close , Power , Remotely Operated , Sliding Sunshade , Tilt / Slide
Body Side Reinforcements - Side Impact Door Beams
Child Safety Door Locks
Child Seat Anchors - LATCH System
Crumple Zones - Front , Rear
Emergency Interior Trunk Release
Energy Absorbing Steering Column
First Aid Kit
Impact Absorbing Bumpers
Safety Brake Pedal System
Emergency Locking Retractors - Driver
Front Seatbelts - 3-point
Rear Seatbelts - 3-point
Seatbelt Force Limiters - Front , Rear
Seatbelt Pretensioners - Front , Rear
Driver Seat Power Adjustments - Height , Lumbar , Reclining , 10
Front Headrests - Adjustable , 2
Front Seat Type - Bucket
Passenger Seat Power Adjustments - Height , Lumbar , Reclining , 10
Rear Headrests - Adjustable , 3
Rear Seat Type - Bench
Upholstery - Leather-trimmed
2-stage Unlocking Doors
Anti-theft System - Alarm , Engine Immobilizer
Power Door Locks
Rolling Code Security
Stability Control
Traction Control
Steering Ratio - 14.8
Turns Lock-to-lock - 2.90
Front Shock Type - Gas
Front Spring Type - Coil
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Struts - MacPherson
Front Suspension Classification - Independent
Front Suspension Type - Lower Control Arms
Rear Shock Type - Gas
Rear Spring Type - Coil
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Struts
Rear Suspension Classification - Independent
Rear Suspension Type - Multi-link
Phone - Hands Free
Wireless Data Link - Bluetooth
Spare Tire Mount Location - Inside
Spare Tire Size - Temporary
Spare Wheel Type - Steel
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Tire Type - All Season
Wheels - Alloy
Front Wipers - Variable Intermittent
Power Windows - Remotely Operated
Window Defogger - Rear

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Price does not include government fees and state/local taxes, or any applicable fees. Depending on the age of the vehicle, normal wear and tear should be anticipated. Prices are subject to change without notice. While we do our best to describe our vehicles accurately, some descriptions and/or images provided by third parties may differ from the actual information or appearance of the vehicle. Alsbou Motors Riverside assumes no liability for omissions or errors in this vehicle's description and encourages prospective buyers to verify the information carefully through contacting the dealership directly. Alsbou Motors Riverside has the right to cancel a sale or a promise of a sale if an incorrect price has been given by mistake. All finance offers are O.A.C (On Approved Credit) / O.A.D (On Approved Deposit).

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