2019 Lexus ES Is A Cheaper Alternative To Executive Sedans Priced From $39,500

The redesigned Lexus ES is getting ready to arrive at U.S. dealers nationwide, following its official premiere at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, this past spring.

When it goes on sale this September, it will be offered in three distinct trim levels, called the ES 350, ES 300h and ES 350 F Sport, with the basic model being just $550 more expensive than before, starting at $39,500.

Lexus says that the $41,310 mid-range ES 300h is $510 cheaper than its predecessor, whereas for the newly added 350 F Sport, customers will have to pay at least $44,035. Compared to the base Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series, the new Lexus ES costs $13,450 and $13,900 less, respectively.

Powering the ES 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which now makes 302hp (306PS / 225kW) and 267lb-ft (362Nm) of torque. It works together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which replaces the old six-speed unit, chanelling output to the front wheels.

The EPA-claimed fuel efficiency for the ES 350 is 22/33/26 mpg (10.7/7.1/9 l/100 km / 26.4/40/31.2 mpg UK) in city, highway, combined.

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The hybrid ES 300h, on the other hand, has a 2.5-liter inline-four ICE and an electric motor. Total output is 215hp (218PS / 160kW), and this version returns 43/45/44 mpg (5.5/5.2/5.4 l/100 km / 51.6/54/52.8 mpg UK) in city, highway, combined.

Retaining the same V6 engine as the ES 350, the F Sport trim adds the optional Adaptive Variable Suspension from the LC and LS, along with a sportier exterior and interior. The estimated mileage for the F Sport model is 22/31/25 mpg (10.77.6/9.4 l/100 km / 26.4/37.2/30 mpg UK) in city, highway, combined.

All versions of the new ES get the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard, which includes driving assistance gear such as the daytime bicyclist detection and low light pedestrian detection.

This is also the first Lexus product to offer Apple CarPlay and is Amazon Alexa-enabled.

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  • Infinite1

    Lexus finally put better looking seats in the sedan

    • Kash

      those are pretty much the same seats found in the GS F and I think RC F as well, maybe even the IS F-Sport.

      • Infinite1

        I meant to say the ES

  • Kash

    Adding the F-sport option may just kill the GS… I still stand by my original comment made some time ago: Lexus needs to push this into the E/5/A6/XF/CTS market, add AWD to it, and then make the GS into the CLS/A7/Model S contender. Give it that super concept-esque styling a 4 door coupe should have using the LS’s new platform with all it’s potential platforms. The sales numbers would work better that way anyway, the GS already sells horribly compared to the ES but does the CLS and A7, target their market and give them a PHEV version with the Turbo6 from the LS and then the V8 from the LC500 that’s sourced from the GS and RC F anyway, buyers would eat that up.

  • dumblikeyou2

    That dashboard design is the worst. It belongs in a minivan maybe. The whole design looks overinflated.

    • wintergraan

      The interior ruins the whole car 🙁

  • ErnieB

    Omg that’s an ugly interior! Except for the LC.. Lexus IS making the ugliest cars in its segment.. boy these cars are ugly!!

  • Paul

    Whoever designed the instrument panel must have been on drugs. That’s horrendous.

  • TheBelltower

    This is not an “executive” sedan. It’s strictly middle-management.

  • KidRed

    It’s also a far less visually attractive option.

  • Karl

    Toyota Avalon is that you?

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    You DO realize that ES actually STANDS for Executive Sedan?

  • Merc1

    Looking at this, I’d say that that GS is dead.


  • BlackPegasus

    While Lexus took some steps to differentiate the ES from the Camry and it’s Avalon sibling, it still seems too similar. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1652b8f8f268edcff94549d479ea833e8b2f4ac9d7205a5a0195e41751e70369.jpg

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Are you saying they are similar because they both have a steering wheel and some seats? Because that’s all I see.

      They look nothing alike.

      • BlackPegasus

        No, I’m clearly talking about the windshield. They are exactly alike! 🙄

  • Astonman

    Love the profile. And that silver is gorgeous

  • Justin Spencer

    Seems more inline with Lexus’s answer to the Buick LaCrosse, Kia Cadenza or the Genesis G80. The lack of all-Wheel drive seems ridiculous for a car like this! I could easily go for a halfway decent A4 or C-Class for similar money and get all-wheel drive. It doesn’t look bad and the front end is a bit less overly dramatic but it’s definitely more of an upper trimmed Camry more than anything else. It looks a little like the last generation Hyundai Sonata from the rear too, especially the taillights!!!…..overall, I’ve seen better ES models!

  • Marty

    I really would like to like Lexus. The overall shape is often quite nice, but they tend to destroy it with the styling details… BUT WFT IS THAT?! KILL THE DASHBOARD WITH FIRE!

  • Six_Tymes

    Its really looking more and more like an Altima

  • Merc1

    I don’t get why people think this competes against the E-Class or 5-Series. It doesn’t.


  • man

    The styling looks like ES went down market. I think the Camry looks better now.

  • man

    The interior looks horrible with that low budget center console and display set back. The dash is all over the place. Even the Camry is better than this. Looks cheap. The Germans have nothing to worry about. Lexus needs to get some better interior design people.

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