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ES 350 has everything Lexus is known for


Photo By: courtesy of Lexus
Photo Courtesy Of Lexus

The Lexus ES 350 has exceptional interior space, offering ample legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The 2013 Lexus ES 350 sits in the sweet spot at the middle of the automobile market.

A four-door sedan, this entry-level Lexus, priced well below $50,000, offers a large interior and comfortable drive with all the convenience amenities that make the journey as satisfying as the destination.

What we liked: This car is everything Lexus has become known for. It’s comfortable, luxurious, quiet and easy to drive. The interior space is exceptional, with all the legroom rear-seat passengers could desire. It is even possible to change the throttle response from economical to standard to sporting when one needs to move quickly from lane to lane or into fast-moving traffic.

What was missing: The ES 350 has the same hard-riding eco-tires that make sense on the ES 300H hybrid, which isn’t really appropriate for the target audience of empty nesters who don’t want to feel every change in the road surface. Fuel efficiency isn’t exceptional, but luggage space can be traded for more miles per gallon with the hybrid version.

The bottom line: A nice step up in the Toyota family from the Avalon, and an excellent choice for the empty-nest couple wanting a midprice car that’s comfortable rather than sporty.

Longtime Los Altos residents Gary and Genie Anderson are co-owners of Enthusiast Publications LLC, which edits several car club magazines and contributes articles and columns to automotive magazines and online services.

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