2012 Lexus ES 350

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$36,725

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2012 Lexus ES 350

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

A great sense of comfort.

Very nice car. A real sense of dependability,reliability, smooth. I only wish it were another color. Should go well into the hundreds of thousand miles range.

5.0

The car was exactly what we were told

I had a Lexus Es350 2007. I knew what I wanted and the car was everything we were told low mileage with hardly any defects.

5.0

Great car

Need an USB plug so I can use my Samsung Galaxy phone and other devices. Window tinting works have been nice to have installed before purchase.

See all 45 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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