The ES was getting on a bit, so for the 2019MY Lexus has revealed its sixth generation that sits on a new platform.
In the U.S., it’s offered with a choice of two powertrains, the 3.5-liter V6, which is carried over with more power, up to 302 hp (306 PS / 225 kW), and a hybrid configuration with a 2.5-liter inline-four paired to an electric motor, for a combined output of 215 hp (218 PS / 160 kW).
Consumer Reports paid just under $49,000 for their 2019 ES that comes with a few optional extras. The found it to accelerate smoothly and have hardly noticeable shifts. Also, the plush ride and quiet interior were also praised, making it suitable for long trips. Thanks to its fresh underpinnings, it also handles better than before. Body lean is restrained and the steering is responsive, although it’s front-wheel drive only as AWD is not available even as an option.
Legroom at the back is decent, but the sportier, and much more modern-looking, profile affects rear headroom. The high quality interior will be appreciated by users. The ES comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment system that can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch one that also features navigation. However, it ditches a wheel or a touchscreen in favor of a touchpad that’s cumbersome to use, and even though it sports Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto is still absent.
Besides the usual gear that one expects from an executive model, the new ES gets a wide array of standard safety equipment, too. Could the whole package lure you away from, say, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5-Series that are considered the benchmarks in this segment? Let’s see what the reviewer had to say.