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2011 Lexus ES 350

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$6,460 — $18,548 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Comfortable ride
  • Strong acceleration
  • Intuitive touch-screen display
  • Hushed cabin
  • Fuel economy

The Bad

  • Low-effort steering at high speeds
  • Brake pedal feel
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Long rear doors

What to Know

about the 2011 Lexus ES 350
  • V-6 now uses regular gas
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Optional glass roof
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Pre-Collision System option

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2011 Lexus ES 350 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
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 2011
The ES 350’s 3.5-liter V-6 has been revised to burn 87-octane regular gas instead of premium, and power ratings have fallen slightly. The engine is now rated at 268 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet torque. The only other change of note is that leather interior trim is standard instead of optional.

Exterior
The ES 350 received styling tweaks for 2010, but this year gets only one new color, Deep Sea Mica, in place of Black Sapphire Pearl.

  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 10-spoke wheels with “liquid graphite” finish
  • Standard dual exhaust tips
  • Available panoramic glass roof
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers

Interior
Safety Connect, a telematics system available by subscription, is standard, and the available navigation system includes the Lexus Enform concierge service and Bluetooth phonebook download.

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Available 14-speaker, 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system 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.

  • 3.5-liter V-6 making 268 hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • Regular gas inst...

Vehicle Overview
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 2011
The ES 350’s 3.5-liter V-6 has been revised to burn 87-octane regular gas instead of premium, and power ratings have fallen slightly. The engine is now rated at 268 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet torque. The only other change of note is that leather interior trim is standard instead of optional.

Exterior
The ES 350 received styling tweaks for 2010, but this year gets only one new color, Deep Sea Mica, in place of Black Sapphire Pearl.

  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 10-spoke wheels with “liquid graphite” finish
  • Standard dual exhaust tips
  • Available panoramic glass roof
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers

Interior
Safety Connect, a telematics system available by subscription, is standard, and the available navigation system includes the Lexus Enform concierge service and Bluetooth phonebook download.

  • Standard leather upholstery
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Available 14-speaker, 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system 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.

  • 3.5-liter V-6 making 268 hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • Regular gas instead of premium
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode

Safety
An available Adaptive Front Lighting System allows the headlights to swivel when rounding curves.

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for the front and outboard rear seats
  • Lexus Pre-Collision System available

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
42 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Great car and we have enjoyed it . Runs well

by carfan from DC metro on December 22, 2019

this car has been very reliable for our family. it has been maintained well and driven with care. It has lot of leg space both Front and back Read full review

(5.0)

Pleasantly surprised

by JDF from Indianapolis, IN on November 22, 2019

This car handles and performs better than I expected based on reviews and my past experience with Toyota Camry. I had once driven a 2005 Camry and found the steering very numb. I've always preferred ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Lexus ES 350 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ES 350 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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