Price: $36,100 ($43,684 as tested)
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Power: 268 hp & 248 lb-ft
It’s a bit difficult to review the 2013 Lexus ES350, because frankly, its not too different from the 2012 version. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as last year’s model was a great car that excelled in its own right. And Lexus had every right to stick to the formula when it came to this car, because why fix something if it isn’t broken?
While the ES350 model may not turn heads, it is still a great vehicle. Its exterior appearance is just as you would suspect with a Lexus sedan. In the front is Lexus’ large spindle grille, headlights with LED daytime lights, and two foglights below. The body itself is quite sleek, with Lexus pointing out that the aerodynamics have improved greater over last year’s model.
As far as the car’s interior goes, I can easily say that it offers the luxury and quality that Lexus is known for. The driver and passenger are given plenty of room and are seated behind an incredibly stylish dash. I don’t mention the lines and style of the dashboard that often, but Lexus did an excellent job on the ES350’s dash. The long lines and accessibility of it create an open feeling, instead of feeling cramped. Wood trim and hand-made stitching run along the dash, adding a touch more class.
Adding to comfortable and luxurious interior is the ride itself. On the road, this car is incredible quiet, smooth, and effortless thanks to a slew of technologies that Lexus has implemented into the car. Opposite-wound front coil springs improve the straight-line control of the car, which is perfect for long distance drives. Active-control engine mounts reduce the amount of shake that is produced by the engine when it is below 900 rpm.
Seating for all parties inside the ES350 is roomy and comfortable. The 10-way power seats in the front provide plenty of range for the driver and side passenger. In the rear, your passengers are given plenty of leg and head room thanks to a lengthened wheelbase. While you won’t see the space of an LS600, you can still pull of some chauffeur style space. Rear-side window sunshades and a power rear sunshade is also included to ensure the rear seat passengers are as comfortable as can be.
The drivetrain of the ES350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, just like the 2012 model. Power numbers between the 2013 and the 2012 are identical – 268 hp & 248 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough, even though the power number remain unchanged, the MPG is up from the 2012 model with 31 high mpg instead of 28. City mileage unfortunately is dropped to 21 mpg from 22 mpg.
When looking at the 2013 Lexus ES350, you will find a fantastic car that is a great example of what people need – a luxurious car with enough power at a decent price ($36,100). Its not going to win any races anytime soon, but it will get you from point A to point B in a quiet and smooth fashion. If you are looking for a luxury sedan that you can depend on that also offers some great gas mileage, this car deserves a look.