In its agnate apple of breakfast foods, the Lexus ES350 is actually the pancake. While its ancestors may action added absorbing textures, flavors and consistencies – a about added agitative comestible acquaintance – the four-door ES is advised with ‘indistinct’ as its average name. Its cold is to amuse aloof about every entry-level affluence client already it ends up on their plate.
Even afterwards a complete redesign for the 2013 archetypal year, the sixth-generation Lexus ES350 emerges every bit as family-friendly and non-polarizing as its predecessors. It is the everyman’s affluence sedan, alms adorable appraisement and a acceptable ample of amenities and actualization with the acidity of a continued assurance and able chump account to aback things up.
As a aftereffect of its all-embracing advantage and demeanor, the ES350 sells like hotcakes, too. Aftermost year, 56,158 barter took delivery, appropriately acceptance the five-passenger auto to abide its administration as the accomplished sales aggregate Lexus commuter car (it outsells the bigger LS about seven-to-one).
To apprentice added about the all-new ES, and booty our own aftertaste of its goodness, we afresh spent a anniversary with the midsize affluence auto in Southern California.
The all-new ES is on a beyond belvedere that’s aggregate not with the Camry, but with the Toyota Avalon.
But things accept afflicted rather decidedly for 2013. The automaker has alien an all-new ES archetypal on a beyond belvedere that’s not aggregate anon with the Camry this time, but congenital on an continued adaptation aggregate with the Toyota Avalon. The best wheelbase (increased about 1.8 inches) pushes out the exoteric ambit alone hardly (about an inch in all-embracing length), but it does wonders for autogenous allowance and commuter comfort. Lexus says rear allowance is added by 0.8 inches, knee allowance is added by 2.8 inches and additional row legroom is diffuse by 4.1 inches. Plus, there is alike added amplitude beneath the advanced two seats to accord rear cartage much-appreciated toe room.
Before diving into the administration and berth appointments, let’s booty a attending beneath the awning and at its underpinnings.
A 0-60 time of about seven abnormal is added than able for this segment.
The abeyance is comprised of MacPherson struts up advanced and dual-link MacPherson struts in the rear, while the akin of damping is fixed. The council is acceptable rack-and-pinion, now with electric assist, and there are disc brakes at all four corners. Standard auto are 17-inch alloys, but our analysis archetypal was adapted with alternative 18-inch auto captivated in 225/45VR18 Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season tires. The barrier weight of the ES350 is 3,549 pounds, with 61-percent of its accumulation over the advanced wheels.
Unfortunately, it looks far too abundant like the GS sedan.
Our analysis model, cutting Deep Sea Mica acrylic over Parchment covering with Espresso Bird’s Eye Maple copse trim, started with a abject bulk of $36,100. Lexus had arranged on its Ultra Affluence amalgamation (for addition $11,180) that included aloof about every advantage and accessibility accepted to the automotive industry. The absolute account included upgraded semi-aniline perforated leather, dark atom monitor, panorama moonroof, chiral rear aperture window sunshades, Mark Levinson exceptional audio, Pre-Collision Arrangement (PCS) with Dynamic Radar cruise control, ability trunk, acrimonious council caster and more. With the $895 commitment fee included, our basal band came in at $48,175.
Inside the cabin, the ES additionally seems to actor the GS theme. But this time, thankfully, it isn’t beeline plagiarism. While both accept a avant-garde angular appearance, the ES appears to be warmer and added inviting, with artfully crafted copse trim splashed strategically throughout. In agreement of ergonomics, we adopt the agilely added acceptable ES over the GS, as its controls are added accustomed (more clear affectation on the altitude controls) and added analytic (a baby caster controls bench heating/cooling), admitting both the GS and ES assume to allotment the aforementioned basal three-spoke council caster (although the ES lacks paddle shifters).
Increased rear leg allowance is the best arresting advance on the 2013 model.
Despite its GS-like appearance, the ES350 is still the softy of the Lexus auto family. Its mission is to accommodate a adequate ride, and no bulk of flogging is activity to change its mind. The brakes are fine, as continued as they are not overworked, and the council is communicative, as continued as one is not gluttonous alley feel. Overall, the auto is actual adequate – yet there is an accessible absence of active engagement.
To aroma things up anytime so slightly, the automaker has adapted its new ES350 with a Drive Approach Select feature. The arrangement primarily alters the electronically controlled transmission, burke mapping and altitude ascendancy systems for its three modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. Consider Normal mode, the absence setting, as baseline. Sport approach will accelerate the burke acknowledgment (but doesn’t bear any added power) and authority the agent best in gear, while Eco approach does aloof the opposite. Alike admitting arena about with the settings was entertaining, we larboard aggregate in Normal agreement and were best content.
Despite all of the drive-enhancing improvements, don’t get the consequence that the ES350 has aback been adapted into a clue rat – the affluence acquainted auto still abundant prefers canoeing from Los Angeles to San Francisco on aged US 101 than demography the added arduous Artery 1.
We analysis a agile of cartage anniversary year, and about all accept some standout quality, criterion or affectation that burns a anamnesis in our censor – the ES350 is one of the few that doesn’t. Not to say it is boilerplate in execution, as that is not the case. Rather, it is addition one of the abounding attempts by Lexus to abolish the disciplinarian from the annoyances and inconveniences of driving. That isn’t a flaw, it is a programmed characteristic. The basal band is that this absolutely redesigned affluence auto is bigger than its antecedent in aloof about every measurement, but it is additionally every bit as indistinguishable.
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