2018 Lexus ES 350

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$38,950

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2018 Lexus ES 350
2018 Lexus ES 350

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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Notable features

  • 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

2018 Lexus ES 350 review: Our expert's take

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 that actually makes me prefer the hybrid version because you get that big advantage of fuel economy. Now, there is one catch going with the ES: It’s going to be front-wheel drive only. Pretty much all of its other competitors offer some sort of all-wheel drive, so it’s weird that Lexus wouldn’t choose to put some kind of AWD system in the ES — and that makes it stick out for the wrong reasons.

For more info, including full driving and interior impressions, watch the video below.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

My dream car

I am excited about the new purchase and love the drive. The interior is awesome the dark brown and peanut butter color interior and white exterior

4.9

Love my Replacement Car

I loved my Lexus that was totalled in 2020 and was sad about car shopping again. However, I found another Lexus ES350 that I like just as much. Lexus cars have been extremely reliable for my family. Not sure about all of the technology in them now - might have to replace those parts more. Regardless, I really enjoy riding in a Lexus - so comfortable, great audio, hands off assistance, automatic bright light dimmer, and other features. Go try one out today!

5.0

great car

its really great car to have its so reliable car nice shape in and out so luxury comfortable and easy to handle and drive on the road

See all 56 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
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

Compare the competitors

2017

Toyota Avalon

$33,300

starting MSRP

2016

Lexus ES 300h

$41,020

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2021

Lexus ES 250

$40,000

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