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2018 Lexus ES 350

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$38,950 — $38,950 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior design
  • Bright instruments
  • No touch-sensitive panels
  • App-compatible multimedia system

The Bad

  • Overpowering spindle grille
  • Remote Touch interface
  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Unremarkable hybrid gas mileage estimates
2018 Lexus ES 350 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Lexus ES 350
  • Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect free for 10 years
  • Five-seat mid-size luxury sedan
  • 268-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Front-wheel drive
  • ES 300h hybrid available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

When Lexus launched in 1989, it only had two models in its lineup. One of them was the ES — so the sedan has a long history with the brand, and the newly redesigned-for-2019 ES is the seventh generation of the car. It's been changed inside and out with a new platform, new powertrains and updated styling.

Related: 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h First Drive: So Close to Greatness

The ES shares the most in common with the Toyota Avalon, which was also redesigned for 2019 — and the two share more than just a passing resemblance. They have the same wheelbase, same overall length and mechanically identical powertrains, just with some slight tuning differences.

From the side, the two models look fairly identical, but the ES has a few styling cues that let you know it's a Lexus — starting with the grille. Most versions of the ES come with a spindle grille with vertically oriented slats; if you opt for an F-Sport model, you'll get a more aggressive overall look, but also a 3-D sort of chainmail mesh grille that's more in-your-face.

The ES will be offered in gas and hybrid versions. The ES 350 gas version of the car will get a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 302 horsepower. The ES 300h features Lexus' fourth-generation hybrid system with a total output of 215 hp, and its estimated fuel economy matches the Avalon's at 44 mpg combined.

Acceleration from the gas engine is adequate — I wouldn't say it's mind-blowing, and tha... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
36 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

rides like a truck! What happened to good shocks?

by disappointed from Texas, on November 8, 2018

Hate the feel of road bumps--rides like a truck--like there are no shocks underneath the body of the car--rides no better than all the autos on the market--feels worse than a truck--in fact trucks ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfortable car, excellent drive

by Izabella from Forest Hills, NY on October 31, 2018

Very comfortable car. Has good spacious trunk. Beautiful inside and outside. Smooth ride. The sound system, the push to start, keyless entry and the application from lexus enform to remote start the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Lexus ES 350 Base

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

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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.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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