2015 Lexus ES 350

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Lexus ES 350. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Exterior styling
  • Interior design
  • Bright instruments
  • No touch-sensitive panels
  • Works with internet radio, apps

The Bad

  • Remote Touch interface
  • Leather upholstery not standard

Notable Features of the 2015 Lexus ES 350

  • Backup camera now standard
  • New Crafted Line special edition
  • ES 300h hybrid version available
  • Front-wheel drive

What Is the 2015 Lexus ES 350?

The 2015 Lexus ES 350 is a front-wheel-drive, mid-size luxury sedan that seats five and competes with the Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60 and Hyundai Genesis. It is offered in two trim levels: Base and Crafted Line. There is also a hybrid model, the 2015 Lexus ES 300h, covered separately on Cars.com.

What's New on the 2015 Lexus ES 350?

For 2015, the ES 350 adds a backup camera as standard equipment and gives drivers the option of using the subscription-based Lexus Enform Remote smartphone app. The Lexus Enform App Suite adds the Slacker app and uses iHeartRadio 4.0.

The Crafted Line trim is limited to 1,500 models and is finished in white with black exterior trim. Two-tone upholstery highlights the inside, and Lexus also included a two-piece Tumi duffel bag set with new ES 350 Crafted Line models.

How Does the 2015 Lexus ES 350 Compare to Other Mid-Size Luxury Sedans?

The ES 350 shares a platform with the Toyota Avalon, and it shows in the model's interior dimensions. The ES offers 40 inches of backseat legroom, which is more than the Lexus LS 460 (35.8) and GS 350 (36.8). The quality of the interior materials also shines in the ES 350, easily outclassing those of the Hyundai Genesis.

While its suspension offers a buttery smooth ride and the ES 350 is shockingly easy to drive, road noise is an issue: At highway speeds especially, driving on harsh roads will cause tire noise to flood the interior. While this isn't a deal-breaker, it's also not an issue with the Hyundai Genesis or Lexus' own LS.

It's also worth noting that the engine tends to overpower the traction control system on dry roads, a problem that would be mitigated with the addition of all-wheel drive, which is offered in competing models from Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo - and even the Lexus IS and GS.

What Features in the 2015 Lexus ES 350 Are Most Important?

Every ES 350 comes equipped with a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All models are front-wheel drive.

Notable standard features include imitation leather upholstery, automatic air conditioning, power front seats, a CD audio system with MP3 and USB jacks, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, fog lights, dual exhaust tips and a power moonroof. Significant available features include wood trim, a wood steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, a power rear sunshade and a power trunk lid.

As required in all new cars of this model year, every 2015 ES 350 comes equipped with an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes. It also comes standard with eight additional airbags, a backup camera and the Safety Connect emergency communication system (subscription required). Optional safety features include lane departure warning, Pre-Collision System and a blind spot warning system with cross-traffic alert.

Should I Buy the 2015 Lexus ES 350?

The 2015 Lexus ES 350 isn't going to impress anyone with its performance - this car is not built to run quick laps - but its smooth, bump-absorbing suspension makes up for it. It also stands out from the crowd, both in terms of its bold exterior styling and the premium materials used throughout the interior. It's certainly not perfect, but it's an exceedingly comfortable and feature-rich luxury car that's less expensive than most of its competitors.

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2015 Lexus ES 350 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It's also offered as a hybrid in the form of the ES 3... Read More

2015 ES 350 Video

Editor's note: This review was done in February 2014 about the 2014 Lexus ES 350. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I love my Lexus es 350

by The Dressmaker Lynette from WEST PALM BEACH, fl on September 11, 2018

I love this car so much that it's the second one I've owned. It rides smooth like butter and I never have problems out of it. Read full review

(5.0)

Love the ride love the quietness and the smoothnes

by CJ from San Lorenzo on August 16, 2018

Went on a test drive with Eli up he explained everything showed me how the different features in the car worked on I love my car out of mine is I love my car I love the color I love the ride and I?m ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Lexus ES 350 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Lexus ES 350 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* 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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