When Lexus launched in 1989, it only had two models in its lineup. One of them was the ES — so the sedan has a long history with the brand, and the newly redesigned-for-2019 ES is the seventh generation of the car. It’s been changed inside and out with a new platform, new powertrains and updated styling.
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The ES shares the most in common with the Toyota Avalon, which was also redesigned for 2019 — and the two share more than just a passing resemblance. They have the same wheelbase, same overall length and mechanically identical powertrains, just with some slight tuning differences.
From the side, the two models look fairly identical, but the ES has a few styling cues that let you know it’s a Lexus — starting with the grille. Most versions of the ES come with a spindle grille with vertically oriented slats; if you opt for an F-Sport model, you’ll get a more aggressive overall look, but also a 3-D sort of chainmail mesh grille that’s more in-your-face.