If you are looking for a serene and relaxed transportation in an entry-level sedan, the new and invigorated 2018 Lexus ES is an excellent choice. Its highlights include a luxurious and well-built interior, a smooth V6 engine, generous rear legroom, and a composed and luxurious ride. Its release date should be expected either before this fall or early next year.
Brand new features include a revised safety package that includes an updated pedestrian detection and pre-collision warning system. Others include sound-deadening in the cabin, freshened rear and front styling, and a number of minor interior tweaks.
The entry-level luxury sedan segment is chock full of eligible cars ranging from the full-size to compact cars. The sheer number of the choices can be overwhelming, however, finding another car that matches the equipment and feature list of the ES can be quite daunting. The vehicle, despite its feature list, isn’t a sporty luxury sedan. Instead, the ES prioritizes on comfort, space, and overall quality above anything else.
For those looking for an upgrade, you’ll realize that Lexus didn’t make any substantial changes over the previous model apart from the freshened front and rear styling and the new bi-LED headlights. Nonetheless, the ES long-standing appeal as a luxury laden cruiser reputation remains. If you are shopping in the segment you’ll most probably come across other well-built vehicles such as 2018 Nissan Maxima, Acura TLX, and 2018 Cadillac XTS, which provide an excellent alternative to the 2018 Lexus ES.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Colors For Interior & 350 Reviews For Exterior
The mid-size large 2018 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan with a seating capacity for up to five people comes in a single well-equipped trim.
Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, driver-adjustable drive settings, 17” alloy wheels, foglights and running lights, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, premium vinyl upholstery, 8-way power front seats, LED headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Safety Connect emergency communications. Other equipment and technologies include an auxiliary audio jack, an eight-speaker sound system, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a multipurpose control knob.
Additionally, there are various packages and options available, but depends on the location you live in.
For instance, the Navigation package bundles a mouselike Remote Touch electronics interface, an 8” display screen, text-to-speech functionality, and Bluetooth connectivity. Others include 15-speaker sound system, Lexus Enform Remote, voice controls, and smartphone app integration system. The Safety System Plus package bundles lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlight control, and frontal collision warning system.
The Premium package adds a power rear window sunshade, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, parking sensors, wood trim, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and driver memory settings. The Ultra Luxury package adds both the Luxury and Premium packages’ equipment plus passenger seat memory settings, a power driver seat cushion extender, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, manual rear door sunshades, a panoramic sunshade, a panoramic sunroof, a power operated trunk lid, and automatic wipers.
Stand-alone features are also available and sometimes some are mandatory depending on which packages you select. They include many of the Ultra Luxury package’s extra features plus rear and front parking sensors, rear cross traffic warning system, blind-spot monitoring, upgraded bi-LED headlights, and 18” wheels.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Specs – Engine
The new 2018 Lexus ES 350 gets its motivation from a 3.5L V6 engine good for 268 horsepower and 248 pounds of torque. Standard systems provided include the 6-speed auto transmission and front-wheel-drive.
The fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 21/31/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
In our 2018 Lexus ES 350 test drive, it was able to clinch 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Safety equipment include stolen vehicle location, rearview camera, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, and emergency assist button. Others bundled in the Lexus Safety System Plus package include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system, pedestrian detection system, and lane departure warning system.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Price & Release Date
As already mentioned atop, we should expect its release either late this year or early next year. As for the price, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 Base should set you back by an MSRP starting from $39,195.
Both the 2018 Lexus ES 200 and 300h are reviewed separately.