2017 Lexus ES

 
2017 Lexus ES
 
2017 Lexus ES
 

2017 Lexus ES

MSRP 
$42,815
Invoice 
$40,793
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 40 mpg City, 39 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Hybrid I-4, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Lexus ES occupies an important niche within the highly competitive entry-level luxury segment. With its attractive sheetmetal, long list of standard features, and incredible safety technologies the ES earns its high recommendations. While the Lexus is much more comfort-oriented than entries from Cadillac and Mercedes, it does so extremely well, and for a price that starts just under $40,000.

The Lexus ES 300h hybrid version provides all the luxury but aims to save fuel with a gasoline/electric powertrain. Lexus and Toyota are credited with essentially inventing the modern hybrid and the ES utilizes that technology to its fullest, earning a combined EPA estimated 40 mpg.

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What's New For 2017

For 2017 the ES gets Lexus' Safety System+ as standard across all trim levels. Safety System+ includes a pre-collision system, a lane departure warning system, intelligent high beams and radar controlled dynamic cruise control. A GPS smartphone app has also been added to the standard Display audio system for this year.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2017 Lexus ES

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
    • Forward Collision
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Display Audio AM/FM/CD w/SiriusXM -inc: 8-inch screen, aux and USB/iPod audio input plugs, Bluetooth hands free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities, Bluetooth streaming audio, 8 speakers, HD Radio w/iTunes tagging, remote touch controller, SDARS radio, complimentary 90-day trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, voice recognition, cache radio, traffic and weather data provided by HD Radio (free to all users while in HD radio range) and Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and newer)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7JJ Split 5-Spoke Aluminum Alloy
    • Tires: P215/55R17 AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • 10-Way Power Adjustable Front Seats -inc: power fore/aft slide, recline, front and rear vertical cushion height and lumbar
    • Bucket Front Seats
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Perforated NuLuxe Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Delay Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Net
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.54 Axle Ratio
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Hybrid Electric Motor
    • 4740# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Strut Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Nickel Metal Hydride Traction Battery
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission: Electronically Controlled CVT
    • Engine: 2.5L I4 DOHC 16V VVT-i

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 12.1
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Gas/Electric I-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ 5700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 156 @ 4500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111
    • Length, Overall (in) - 193.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 71.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 100.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.6
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 40
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.8
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 40
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 40
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 39
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus ES
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Strut
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55VR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.54
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 4.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3660
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2017 Lexus ES Photos & Colors

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  • Atomic Silver Autumn Shimmer Caviar Eminent White Pearl Matador Red Mica Nebula Gray Pearl Nightfall Mica Obsidian Satin Cashmere Metallic Silver Lining Metallic
  • Atomic Silver
  • Autumn Shimmer
  • Caviar
  • Eminent White Pearl
  • Matador Red Mica
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Obsidian
  • Satin Cashmere Metallic
  • Silver Lining Metallic

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Introduction

The Lexus ES 350 is designed for comfort, with a soft ride and front-wheel drive, quite different from the firmer, rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS and GS sports sedans. This sixth-generation ES 350 isn’t that far mechanically removed from the Toyota Avalon, although it feels more sophisticated and refined.

The ES 350 is a midsize car, but its wheelbase is full-size, which translates into rear-seat room. We think the ES 350 may have the most comfortable cabin in its class, thanks to attention to detail.

It handles well with nicely weighted steering, and it rides well on a suspension that’s soft without being floaty.

The ES 350 uses a robust 3.5-liter V6 making 268 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s a conservative, comfortable powertrain.

There’s also an ES 300h hybrid, using a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor with generator. The Drive Select system offers Eco, Power and EV (all-electric) modes.

The 2017 Lexus ES offers previously optional safety technology as standard equipment. The 2017 ES comes standard with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, intelligent high beam headlamps, and adaptive cruise control. It comes with 10 airbags, including full-length curtain airbags and rear seat side airbags. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is optional.

The ES 350 gets an EPA-rated 21 City, 31 highway, 24 Combined miles per gallon; while the ES 300h rates 40 City, 39 Highway and 39 Combined mpg.

The IIHS gives it five stars overall in crash protection, and four stars for frontal impact. But they still give it a Top Safety Pick+ award, apparently because of the standard automatic emergency braking.

Lineup

The 2017 Lexus ES 350 ($38,900) comes with the 268-hp V6, while the ES 300h ($41,820) features the hybrid powertrain. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Standard equipment includes perforated NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, sunroof, HomeLink garage-door opener, 4.2-inch color info display, eight-speaker audio system with seven-inch screen, rearview camera, HD radio with traffic and weather data, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB/iPod connectivity, and satellite radio. For 2017 there is also an app that takes data from a smartphone to provide turn-by-turn navigation directions.

The Ultra Luxury Package lives up to its name, with gorgeous semi-aniline leather seats and exotic wood choices like bamboo. Lexus Safety Connect adds telematic services including roadside assistance, emergency assistance, a stolen vehicle locator, and automatic collision notification. More options include a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice command, Mark Levinson audio, upgraded leather and trims (or NuLuxe seats that can be heated and ventilated), and the next generation of infotainment system with apps.

Walkaround

Although the last redesign was 2014, the exterior was refreshed for 2016, with a larger chrome spindle grille, and more aggressive front fascia and LED headlamps.

It’s not dull like it used to be, but it’s not cohesive either. The front end looks like it was added on, which it was. The signature spindle grille is distinctive but not beautiful and chrome doesn’t make it more so.

The taillamps are L-shaped, and the tailpipes trapezoidal.

Interior

In some areas the Lexus ES sets the standard for interior quality in a midsize sedan, in particular the very comfortable front and rear seats, upscale materials, big infotainment, and space efficiency.

We think there’s too much matte-metallic trim, which can be solved with the luxury packages that replace the metallic-looking bits with wood trim.

The horizontal dash rides on a curvy instrument panel that wraps around the infotainment screen and optional navigation system with a visor so sunlight doesn’t erase the images. The dash and contoured panel make the cabin feel airy and elegant.

We don’t like the way the optional Remote Touch works with its complicated and awkward controller. Instead of a knob or touchscreen, this mouse-like controller moves a cursor on the screen, which is annoying, and worse, distracting. The 2017 ES adds a Back function, to more easily undo the frequent misdirection on account of confusion in the myriad of menus. At least the screen is large.

The ES comes standard with a 10-way power driver seat, while the available 12-way seat brings extendable lower cushions to support the thighs of long-legged drivers. In the rear there’s actual room for three adults. There’s a pass-through to the trunk, for things like skis.

On account of its battery pack, the ES300h hybrid doesn’t have this pass-through to its trunk, and the trunk is a bit smaller. The hybrid is also a bit louder in the cabin, with its four-cylinder engine that’s raspier than the smooth V6 in the ES350. Otherwise the dampening of road and wind noise is stellar.

Driving Impressions

The standard 268-horsepower V6 is used in many Toyota models, which takes off some Lexus luster but not any performance. The optional Drive Select system increases acceleration, but we found it to be just fine in Standard mode. The six-speed automatic works well, but it’s still down a couple of cogs compared to its competitors.

The ES 300h is surprisingly vivid, with acceleration that gets up and goes, and it offers 39 Combined miles per gallon. However, if you’re driving it to get up and go, you won’t get 39 mpg. Its standard Drive Select system has Eco, Power, and EV modes. Eco is for fuel mileage, Sport quickens the car’s response, and EV enables the car to travel short distances at low speeds without gas. It’s mostly good for parking lots.

Compared to other Lexus and Toyota hybrids, we could hear a bit more whine from the electrical components. But we think that’s only because the ES cabin is so well sound-proofed against other noises. That’s the Catch 22 that drives engineers crazy; the quieter you make a car, the more you hear lower decibel sounds you never heard before.

Many luxury sedans nowadays have rides that are firm. The ES350, though not a luxury sedan, isn’t among them. It rides softly. The standard wheels are 17-inch alloys, although the models we’ve tested have had 18-inch wheels. That makes the tire sidewalls narrower, to keep overall diameter the same, and narrower sidewalls mean a firmer ride, but the ES350 doesn’t seem to feel the effects.

Its driving dynamics are relaxed, offering a breath of fresh air from a segment where many cars have become sportier than many buyers want. Yet it can feel politely athletic when it’s called upon to be, with steering that’s firm but not heavy. It tracks straight and predictably.

The brake-pedal response on the ES 350 could use some improvement, however. It’s way too spongy, without the firmness that’s necessary for confidence. The ES 300h has the same problem only different, with its regenerative braking system that recovers energy. The transition just isn’t smooth.

Summary

The Lexus ES350 is a safe choice among near-luxury cars, with no surprises or doubts. Solid powertrain, excellent cabin, comfortable ride, decent handling. And it’s literally safe, with features that are standard in 2017. The ES300h hybrid is a worthy contender in the near-luxury hybrid field, with its excellent performance and fuel mileage.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

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