2017 Lexus ES 350 Reviews
Cars.com Expert Reviews
The 2017 Lexus ES 350 remains a hallmark of entry-level luxuriousness despite getting only minor changes for 2017.
Versus the competition
The ES 350 is more of a practical luxury choice than a sporty one.
The 2017 Lexus ES 350 is about as safe a bet as you can make. Buyers will find expected amounts of luxuriousness, a perfectly plain but comfortable ride, and enough style to stand out without being polarizing. For 2017, a number of advanced safety features were added as standard equipment — for not much of a price increase.
The luxury landscape is changing now that Hyundai has launched Genesis as its own brand in the budget luxury space and the redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse benchmarked the ES 350's ride and handling — to great success. Compare the Lexus with the Genesis G80, LaCrosse and a more traditional compact luxury offering, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, here.
The ES 350 is good, but are its changes for 2017 enough to keep up with the competition?
Exterior & Styling
Lexus updated the ES 350 for 2016 with more defined front styling. That minor change hit all the right marks, giving the ES 350 more on-the-road presence, with a larger version of the hourglass grille, updated headlights, foglights and edgier styling. The ES 350’s last full redesign was for the 2013 model year.
Value in Its Class
With a starting price of $39,875 (all prices include destination charges), the ES 350 represents a good value for 2017. Pricing is up only $800 from 2016, and its standard safety features are impressive — plus there’s a standard moonroof and LED headlights. The size-to-dollar ratio is full-size roominess at mid-size pricing.
Our test car’s as-tested price of $46,058 is a fair representation of how to equip an ES 350, with one major exception: It didn’t have heated seats or a heated steering wheel, which I thought was blasphemy during winter in Chicago. If you do opt for the heated wheel, it only heats at the nine o'clock and three o’clock positions. The G80 has heated seats standard at its $42,350 starting price, and an Acura TLX does it at $32,950. In the ES, heated seats are available in a number of luxury and premium packages.
Even with an increasing number of competitors and the ES 350 getting up there in years since its last redesign, it manages to keep its place as a dependable go-to in the luxury market.