2019 Lexus ES Is A Smooth Luxury Sedan That Wants You To Feel Good

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.


  • paulgdeaton

    “2019 Lexus ES Is A Smooth Luxury Sedan That Wants You To Feel Good – and still has a front-end that looks like a snowplow.”

    That should be the headline…

    • charlotteharry57

      I TOTALLY agree. It’s not hideous, it’s ATROCIOUS. I told my neighbor across the street last night to please not park their ugly-arse 2018 Lexus LS and 2018 Honda Accord in front of my house because I might throw up. The Japanese stylists have totally lost it. Needless to say, I’d had a few beers and over I went. They are displeased. Oh well.

      • Dude

        lmao. What a believable story

      • Mike anonymous

        HEY… don’t forget about Mazda (they’re Japanese too)… I believe with them (in regards to mainstream Japanese automotive design,..) We still have hope.

        • jimv1983

          Mazda has a nice front end design too.

      • jimv1983

        The Honda front end is kind of ugly but I love the Lexus front end.

    • jimv1983

      I love the front end.

  • TheBelltower

    This is an incongruent balance of Boring and Hideous. That’s quite an impressive achievement.

    • jimv1983

      I think it looks great and can’t wait to get mine in February.

      • TheBelltower

        When Toyota tries to think “outside the box” the result is often very horsey looking and uncool. The huge plastic maw hanging off of most Toyotas is a prime example. IMO… Range Rover, Mazda, and the latest Porsches, Hyundais and Kias are among the most visually well designed cars from stem to stern.

        • paulgdeaton

          This. For half the price, a Mazda or a Kia are far more coherent and pleasing than this eyesore.

        • jimv1983

          I like the grill on Toyotas too. I do like the Mazda grill(big grills too which I like). I think Kia, Porshce and Range Rover are ugly. Some Hyundais are ok.

          • TheBelltower

            Fair enough. There’s a lot of psychology that goes into how much people like certain designs over others. We can’t all like the same stuff.

  • SteersUright

    Stunningly comfortable and exudes quality everywhere. Not my cup of tea just yet, as I lean towards more performance oriented cars, but I admire this Lexus for being as good as it is especially at its price point.

  • S3XY

    Burning gas doesn’t make me feel good

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  • eb110americana

    This may be the first Lexus ever, where I find the regular front end and grille more attractive than the F-Sport.

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