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  • (4.9) 22 reviews
  • MSRP: $12,660–$24,412
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Lexus ES 350

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lexus ES 350

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 268-hp V-6
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Optional glass roof
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Pre-Collision System option

2012 Lexus ES 350 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

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 moonroof
  • 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:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Push-button start
  • 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
  • Traction control
  • 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

Consumer Reviews

4.9

Average based on 22 reviews

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Reliable and quiet

by L&G from El Monte on September 12, 2017

Very reliable and great fit and finish. Bought it CPO at a great discount. Second Lexus I own. Great service at dealer.

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2012 Lexus ES 350 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus ES 350 Base

Front
P
Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lexus ES 350 Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Overall evaluation
P

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lexus ES 350 Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lexus ES 350 Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/10,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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