2019 Lexus ES Has Evolved To Much More Than A Comfy One-Trick Pony

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.

 

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    That’s one ugly front end, but I suppose had to do something to make it look different from the Camry.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Which has one ugly front end!

      • Bill Nguyen

        Haha. I’ve seen a few of them on the road now though, they look pretty good to me! Lexus finally has the styling down this generation, I think. Don’t knock it till you see it! 😉

        • I agree. The design works better in person.

    • Bo Hanan

      It doesn’t look good from any one angle.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Drove one about a week ago.

    I can say it is an improvement over the 6th generation without a doubt, and I’m sure it will sell very well to the people who love them. The 5th gen was by far my least favorite ES.

    • ksegg

      My SO had a 5th Gen. It was god awful. Excessive body roll, meaningless steering/handling, suspension made of cheese, and meh looks.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Their target market ATE those up though.

        The people who purchase the ES purchase them time and time again, they love them. They love the supple suspension and soft looks. The 5th gen wasn’t a backroad burner, but it ate up miles on the interstate very well.

        • ksegg

          What’s their target demographic though? People in their 60’s?

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            Absolutely. Lexus targeted an older, more mature crowd. They’ve got the IS for people wanting something with better dynamics and a more youthful appearance.

  • TheBelltower

    Lexus needs to stop it with this melted plastic maw. The entire car is just a nasty overdesigned lump.

    • Craig

      Don’t be shy. Tell us what you think. lol

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    The front of the car looks good in person. Can’t wait for the revised Lexus RX this year or next year.

  • Craig

    The ES has always done a wonderful job of being exactly what it is. And that is praiseworthy indeed.

  • botornot387

    finally saw one in person, and thought it was a new LS. That’s great if you want people to think that LOL. They are just too long, and I don’t see them as an A6, 5 Series, or E class compeitor; let alone, an XF, CTS, or S90. I see they are already leasing out in the neighborhood of the Camry, which is the reason why they will move. A lot of car for the money

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