The new Lexus ES aims to become a more attractive proposition compared to its predecessor, but still retain an effortless premium character.
Just by looking at it, we can safely say that the goal was achieved as the 2019 ES is a much prettier car, benefiting from Lexus’ sleeker new design language.
Underpinning the new ES is Toyota’s GA-K modular platform, which allowed for a longer (by 2 inches) wheelbase. This, combined with the 1.8-inch wider body, makes the interior a much roomier place.
Speaking of the interior, everything you see and touch appears to be made out of quality, expensive materials, complimented by the company’s top-notch fit and finish. The design follows the same recipe with the bigger LS and LC, blending successfully metal, leather and, of course, soft plastic materials.
The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 302hp and 267lb-ft of torque, paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also the hybrid ES 300h which is easily the most fuel efficient of the range; power comes here from a combination of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined 215hp. More importantly, fuel economy is up to 45 mpg (5.2 lt/100 km) on the highway.
There’s also an ES 350 F-Sport version, which comes with more aggressive looks and stiffer suspension settings for a more engaging experience, but don’t expect to be blown away as driving fun was never a top priority.
Still, the 2019 ES makes for an interesting proposition in the premium family saloon segment – and Kelley Blue Book, who drove one, delivers their verdict in the video right below.