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

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 300h. The ES competes with the Hyundai Azera and Lincoln MKZ.
New for 2015
A backup camera is now standard, and a new multimedia system and the subscription-based Lexus Enform Remote smartphone app are now available. The Lexus Enform App Suite now uses iHeartRadio 4.0 and adds the Slacker app.

Building upon the ES 350 is a Crafted Line special edition. Limited to 1,500 units, the car is finished in white with black exterior trim. Inside, the cabin gets two-tone upholstery. Lexus also includes a two-piece Tumi duffel bag set.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Lexus' signature spindle grille
  • Subtle trunk lid spoiler for hybrid
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Dual exhaust tips (ES 350)
  • Fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Available power trunk lid

Interior Highlights

  • Imitation leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Power front seats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port; premium audio available
  • Available wood trim steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (ES 350)
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with electric motors and a high-voltage battery pac...
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 300h. The ES competes with the Hyundai Azera and Lincoln MKZ.
New for 2015
A backup camera is now standard, and a new multimedia system and the subscription-based Lexus Enform Remote smartphone app are now available. The Lexus Enform App Suite now uses iHeartRadio 4.0 and adds the Slacker app.

Building upon the ES 350 is a Crafted Line special edition. Limited to 1,500 units, the car is finished in white with black exterior trim. Inside, the cabin gets two-tone upholstery. Lexus also includes a two-piece Tumi duffel bag set.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Lexus' signature spindle grille
  • Subtle trunk lid spoiler for hybrid
  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Dual exhaust tips (ES 350)
  • Fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Available power trunk lid

Interior Highlights

  • Imitation leather upholstery; real leather available
  • Power front seats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port; premium audio available
  • Available wood trim steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (ES 350)
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with electric motors and a high-voltage battery pack that makes 200 hp total (ES 300h)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission (ES 350)
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission (ES 300h)
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • 10 airbags
  • Safety Connect emergency communication system with one-year trial subscription
  • Backup camera
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available precollision system

 


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.

Latest 2015 ES 350 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(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

(5.0)

Should have bought another Lexus

by Owner who made a big mistake buying BMW from New Orleans on August 15, 2018

This Lexus was great! Should have stayed with Lexus rather than a BMW?-but had driven BMWs while living in Germany?-and they were great?-too bad about my $60,000 BMW 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 Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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