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By Cars.com Staff
August 23, 2011
The ES 350 is Lexus' front-wheel-drive midsize luxury sedan. It seats up to five people, and in keeping with Lexus' naming conventions, the numeric portion of the ES name reflects the engine size, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The ES 350 competes with the Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ.
New for 2012 A limited-edition Touring Edition debuts for 2012. It features 17-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire, wood and leather accents for the steering wheel and shifter, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and leather seats. Lexus is limiting production to 2,000 copies.
Exterior Smooth, flowing lines define the ES 350's exterior, which is free of body cladding. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
Available 10-spoke wheels with Liquid Graphite finish
Standard dual exhaust tips
Standard rain-sensing windshield wipers
Available panoramic glass roof
Interior Safety Connect, a subscription-based communication system, is standard, and the available navigation system includes the Lexus Enform concierge service and Bluetooth phonebook download. Interior features include:
Dual-zone automatic climate control
10-way power-adjustable front seats
Available 14-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with iPod, USB connectivity
Available navigation system with backup camera
Under the Hood The ES 350's 3.5-liter V-6 drives the front wheels through an automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:
268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 makes 248 pounds-feet of torque
Runs on regular gas
Six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode
Safety An available Adaptive Front Lighting System allows the headlights to swivel when rounding curves. Safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
Driver and front passenger knee airbags
Side curtain airbags
Side-impact airbags for the front and outboard rear seats
Available Pre-Collision System
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