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Starting at
$38,100
EPA - est City/Hwy
21/31
Engine
3.5L V6
Seats
5
Power
268 hp




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2016 Lexus ES 350 Overview

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The 2016 Lexus ES 350 continues to set the bar for comfort-oriented entry-level luxury sedans. Among the improvements for 2016 is a bundle of safety-enhancing technologies for the Lexus ES 350. You can check them out, along with other changes to the Lexus ES 350 for 2016, and see what the competition offers.

If you're shopping for an entry-level luxury sedan, you'll come up with a diverse list of eligible cars ranging in dimensions from compact to full-size. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, but it's fairly easy to decide whether the 2016 Lexus ES 350 belongs on your short list. The ES has no high-performance inclinations, so if you want a sporty near-luxury sedan, this isn't it. Instead, this entry-level Lexus is a spacious, well-built sedan that prioritizes comfort above all else. The 2016 Lexus ES 350 continues to serve as a yardstick for the entry-level luxury car class. Lexus hasn't made many changes for 2016 apart from the car's restyled front end and newly optional bi-LED headlights, but the ES 350's long-standing appeal as a feature-laden midsize luxury cruiser remains. Its standard V6 engine purrs rather than growls, and does so at all speeds without a hint of coarseness. Ride quality is well mannered and refined, and while there's nothing overtly sporty about the ES, its steering is precise and the big sedan feels steady around turns. Inside, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 swaddles its driver and passengers in quiet, polished comfort. There's ample room front and rear, and interior materials and fit and finish are top-flight. The only major annoyance here is the Remote Touch controller (included with the optional navigation system) that we've found clumsy and distracting to use while driving. If you're shopping in this segment, one of the best overall options is the Hyundai Genesis, which delivers credible luxury on par with premium-brand German sedans. Another solid contender is the well-rounded Acura TLX, and both it and the Genesis offer optional all-wheel drive. If you're leaning toward something sportier, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is worth a look. Or, for something more traditional, consider Cadillac's XTS, which is every bit as comfortable as the ES 350 and available with all-wheel drive as well. But overall, we believe the Lexus ES 350 still serves as an entry-level luxury sedan benchmark. For those shoppers seeking comfy and luxurious transportation, it's a pretty good place to start.

If you're looking for relaxed, serene transportation in an entry-level luxury sedan, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a fine choice. There are many excellent sedans in this price range, though, and you might prefer the driving experience or the technology interface in some of its rivals.

For 2016, the Lexus ES 350 gets improved sound-deadening in the cabin, a number of minor interior tweaks and freshened front and rear styling. Bi-LED headlights are a new option, while a revised safety package features an updated version of Lexus' pre-collision system with pedestrian detection capability. The panoramic sunroof is now available as an individual option.



2016 Lexus ES 350 Problems




2016 Lexus ES 350 Reviews From Owners (37 Reviews)

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By Jill Whelpley

on Sep/24/16 08:24 AM (UTC)

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By Duke Carey

on Jul/30/16 08:24 AM (UTC)

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By Jason Lee

on Jul/20/16 09:42 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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By Johnny Carter

on Jul/08/16 08:44 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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2016 LEXUS ES 350

Best Car Ever!!!

By MK

on Jan/30/17 05:43 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Wonderful luxury car at a reasonable price

Researched the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon, but went with the luxury, reliability and warranty of the Lexus ES 350. This car has just the right balance of technology features, comfort and quiet for which I was looking. This car has been a real blessing.

By Jim Nadeau

on Nov/04/16 01:02 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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2n Lexus ES350 I have purchased

actually purchased a remaining 2016

By Ivory Rubin

on Aug/02/16 04:02 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Still...I Love My ES 350

The depth and breath of the electronic system...many, many features.

By R. L. Knight

on Dec/25/16 04:55 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Nice old folks car

Purchased the ES 350 three months ago. Have 4600 mi. on it now and so far have been very pleased except for the fact that it has a stiffer ride than I thought it would have for a luxury car, shocks are to stiff I believe. I guess I'm to used to the old Cad's. The electrinics are a little to complicated for an 82 year old man but I'm shure they shoot for the younger set. Quality of design and style are nice and well put togther and everything fits very nice. Tax and license out the door was about $42,500

By Sheri B

on Dec/24/16 03:22 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Stylist and Sleek

I am glad I chose to get my Lexus ES 350, originally I was shopping for a RLX. But after having such a hard time in finding the color that I wanted as well as Acura color selections were VERY LIMITED, and the reviews , testdrives, not being up to par. I went to the Lexus dearer and fell in love !!!!!!

By Chathamwoman

on Dec/21/16 11:08 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Not reliable

I have only had my car for less than a month and it has left me stranded five times by not starting. It's been in the garage twice already and the latest fix they want to make is a battery charger that I plug in at night because I don't drive far enough distances to charge the battery between trips. I guess I have to change my lifestyle to own a Lexus, not!!! Still not sure how they will resolve this, may be a temporary Lexus owner, same though cause I like the car, I have all the bells and whistles on it.

By Mike Tedeschi

on Oct/27/16 09:39 AM (UTC)

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By Stewart Priddy

on Oct/18/16 01:15 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Great But!

This is a great car but an interior brake cover came off the second day out making a scary racket! Dealer promptly fixed it. The mileage is not up to EPA claim; why can't they get this right? Generally very happy and hope the brake cover problem is a fluke.

By Donald C Theroux

on Jul/20/16 12:40 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Not a "WOW! But a nice driveable vehicle.

Sit in it, drive it. They eliminated the sunglass holder (compartment) near the overhead slider which is missed. Now I have to use a cup holder

By Orrin Hamlet

on May/03/16 04:24 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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We absolutely love this car

We absolutely love this car

By Jon Roberts

on Mar/20/16 10:38 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Very Nice Car

I didn't rate repair frequency or dealership support, because I haven't owned the car long enough to decide. I get lots of compliments on it's looks and it being a Lexus makes it even more attractive.

By Alex Chapotchnik

on Aug/09/16 09:08 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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By Dennis Ullom

on Jun/10/16 09:25 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350



Smooth ride

The car drives smooth. Which is how it is designed for. I bought the car for comfort but it has great acceleration especially if you use the sport mode.

By Linda

on Jan/01/16 09:04 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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My new Car

The seat sits a little low for me...I am short and have low profile tires. I could use a skinny pillow to raise me up higher for better visability. Very comfortable though.

By Steven Rosen

on Jul/24/16 12:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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ES350 best all around car

I traded a 10 yr old GS350 for the new ES. I like the front-rear-and side warning beepers and blue tooth android connection for Pandora. There is a very slight degrade in handling stability compared to the rear wheel drive and suspension of the GS but more than made up by the quietness and comfort of the new ES. I got what I thought was a a good deal on the 2016 model - $7500 off MSRP and the $11.5k for the trade in of the '07 GS with 54k miles. The car has 400+ miles and so far no problems except for the Pandora dropping out occasionally. Car is as pleasure to drive. My only suggestions would be for an 8 speed transmission and a little tighter suspension for less roll on turns.
UPDATE 1-25-17:
Affirm the above but have some very minor complaints. The eform is awkward - poorly designed. It gets confused and loses Pandora connection and seeks another application I don't have installed. FM radio switches stations on its own. I don't listen to FM often. Lots of inefficient,distracting movements it operating the eform. I'm told the 2017 model has addressed some of this. Only 3500 mi on ODO.

By Arlene Becker

on Aug/13/16 09:15 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Our third Lexus

Car is great, good looking and speedy enough. Would like to meet the engineer that designed the screen control knob.

By John Valenti

on Jun/10/16 08:08 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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I like it

Beautiful interior and exterior. Looks and feels like a luxury automobile.

City gas MPG 23+. Highway gas MPG 34+.

Overall a great automobile.

By Lexus_ed

on Apr/21/16 01:58 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Please, just choose something else!

Leased this car about a week ago, salespeople used every ploy, including letting me test drive a car with better stereo. This is just a jazzed up Toyota sold as a luxury sedan. If you think Japanese cars are great then you might be tempted, don't! This is a cheaply built sedan, doors do not shut right, interior trim is made of thin plastic (just open the glove box - carefully so you don't tear it off - cheap) wind noise is loud at 70MPH, transmission and engine sound okay but I probably shouldn't hear them at all. The technology is flimsy and there just so you can have a box to check for your features. There is nothing remarkable about this car. There are many many finer cars on the market, if you don't like American and don't want to pay for German try Korean. I have known many people that have been very happy with KIA and Hyundai. Lexus dealers are like used car dealers, count your fingers if you shake hands with them! I will be so happy when I can return this car to the pirates that got me into it.

Good Luck!

By Waspenx

on Feb/05/16 08:48 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Review after first week

Overall experience is great. It feels like a driving a spaceship! (Considering that I have never driven a luxury car before).
One thing I am not crazy about is the door slamming. Those doors don't close easily. Both I and my passengers find ourselves miss the first try a few times.
The acceleration is not the best which I have expected but somehow still feel the need to say it here.
The look of the car (in and out) is awesome. I am a fan of the spindle grille (that is all that matters). Somehow the feeling of sharp image but comfortable ride works out for me.
The white color (eminent pearl white) I chose does bring some challenge in the days after a snow. The fact that this is a nice and new car make the dirty mud on the car less bearable.

By Robert

on Dec/20/15 09:32 AM (UTC)

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Lexus - December to Remember

I was looking to buy a left over 2015 Lexus ES350 but the 2016 is a redesign and looks better in my eye. Dealers will discount 2015's msrp by 10%
But when they did the same with the 2016 it was a no brainer. Do get the navigation package - it's worth the extra IMO. One last note - if the VIN
starts with "J" like jar it's made in Japan which my mechanic sez is a good thing.

By BJG

on Apr/04/16 05:10 PM (UTC)

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First 9 months with Lexus ES350

This car is delightful to drive! The ride is so very quiet - no road noise at all! The stereo (standard issue) has an amazing sound. The mileage I'm getting is between 24- 25. This is mostly rural/suburban driving of about 20 miles a day. I've had the car for 9 months - about 7,000 miles - and I've had zero issues. The technology is too involved to figure out for myself - I called and spoke to the dealership's technology person, but found her not very helpful. I didn't get much training on the technology at the time of purchase/lease - so that was unfortunate for me. I live several hours from the closest dealership - so they sent someone to pick up the car for its 6 month check up, they washed it and returned it the following day.

By Stewart D. Charaton

on Mar/16/16 06:41 PM (UTC)

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Why I purchased my Lexus ex350

This is a great car.not only in luxury but in value. I have shopped Acura Tl, too small for a large size man, same with Camary and Accord.
My main concern was with the new safety technology , I was a driving school supervisor years ago. It has all since I went with the most options, Radio is outstanding Mark Levinson is worth the price. I have owned Infinity Q45, G37x, Acura TL, Acura SL, and Toyota Prius, nothing compares with the car or its value

Thank you Lexus, and my 1986 Cressida was just a sample of your quality.
Just a note I have not been advised or paid for this endorsement

Again, what a auto

Stewart Charaton

By Michael

on Apr/16/16 02:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350

HVAC system does not work properly. After the temperature reached setting number (auto, 70 deg) cold air start to blow in your face, head. Lexus does not recognized the problem, can't fix it.

By Bill10603

on Mar/28/16 11:42 AM (UTC)

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Good car but no soul

Good
Smooth engine, transmission
Park assist, rear camera
Past exceptional service from dealer

Baddd..
Rough ride, my last lexus had a softer, smooth ride
Nav, where do i start? Picture driving with one hand and using a laptop with the other. Almost a dexterity
test. Very dangerous car
Would love a front camera to see parking lot concrete strips
18 mpg around town
Why a dial for different driving modes: sport, econ, normal? Why do you have to reset the mode every time you start the car. A simple switch would be better.
Some noise from moonroof area.

By Amy

on Aug/09/16 03:31 PM (UTC)

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Transmission issue

I've only had my 2016 ES 350 since December of 2015. It only have 5000 miles.Love my car until this past July my car starting doing some weird sound after taking off from a traffic stop light. Once I accelerated the car it made like loud thump and the speed diminished. I couldn't make the car go over 20 miles per hr because it started to make the thump sound again. Also the traction control came on when it made the sound. Long story short I got a tow truck to take my car to the dealership and they made the analysis and it turns out to be the transmission. But according to Lexus consumer hot line and the dealership they only cover a refurbished transmission not a new one. So for right know I am paying for a vehicle that is not drivable and going back and forth with Lexus to get a new transmission. This has been a big headache we just going to have to see what the outcome will be for my car.

By Cristo

on Feb/27/16 07:02 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Headrest issues prevent a sale!

This automobile was on my short list. Now, after several years, I am finally prepared to purchase a car that will last me for the next 10-12 years. Overall, I was very pleased with the 2016 es350 Ultra Luxury Sedan, and would have "plugged the trigger" and made the purchase. However, due to the terribly designed headrest in this car, I will sadly have to pass. What a shame! The car is everything I need and want. Unfortunately, there really is no way for me to be comfortable while driving. I tend to sit fairly erect when I drive, and the headrest makes me very uncomfortable. I am 6'0. Now, I am considering my other choice, 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited. Of course, it will lack several "luxury touches", but the headrest is not as intrusive as the es350. I wish Lexus would make an adjustable headrest that you could adjust an inch or two backwards. I know this is for safety, but I feel certain that I am not the only person that feels this way.

By Ross

on Jul/11/16 01:31 PM (UTC)

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5th ES 350, Best yet.

I have leased/ purchased 12 Lexus vehicles prior to the 2016 ES 350, including 4 ES's, 3 RX's, 3 IS's, and 2 GS's. I currently have a 2015 GS 350. My 2014 ES 350 was coming off lease and was traded for a 2016 ES 350 Luxury with 18 wheels. I looked at several other brands this time, but kept coming back to Lexus as the lease deals are hard to beat in this segment. I was very surprised how much better the '16 is verses the '14. The 2014 ES 350 was ok, but had several downfalls. The ride was just ok, bumps got through. I hated the wood steering wheel, among a few other things. That car was sort of a marsh mellow. Mushy steering, handling, seating etc. The 2016 has greatly improved these things. The seats are better, being slightly firmer with good support for long drives. The steering is more direct. There is definitely more sound deadening in this new one. The ride is much better, with much improved absorption of bumps. I'm not going to debate the spindle grill, thats personal taste. It does blend in well on this design, unlike some other Lexus vehicles where the spindle protrudes. I recently completed a 7 hour drive, and my hands didn't hurt with the new steering wheel design. It is much more padded than the old one. I thought I would never used radar cruise, but it worked flawlessly on a long trip. This is primarily my wife's car, and she really likes it. I feel its a big improvement over the previous ES. The dealership experience was great as well. Is it perfect? No, but neither is any car out there. What could be better? Start with Lexus Enform. Ridiculous amount of steps to remote start the car. Apps are useless, better just to have the passenger use their smart phone. There are still some hard plastics in the interior, such as on the door panels, and where the driver's right leg hit the center console. Is it a GS 350? No way, but that car is more expensive. The ES has a very large rear seat, uses regular fuel, and is priced very well in this segment. Overall, I am very satisfied with this car. I am very happy that there has been refinements over the previous one.

By Jin

on Jan/26/16 05:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Good But not the best

Been driving about a month now. Changing from Audi A6 07 model, ES gives me more comfort and convenience yet I can't give it five stars since it has a bit unsturdy lower body in the highway driving. Also it has lot of IT stuffs, mobile connections etc. However the User interface is not really user friendly. For instance, it's hard to control the navigation. There's no Navi button anywhere in the panel. In order to go to Nav, at lease two or three steps you need to use fake mouse that ES provides. And its map is really crappy. Voice recognition needs a lot of improvement compared to other German cars. The default speakers are acceptable, but some AM radio stations (although it has HD radio option) sound almost inaudible. The manually folding side mirrors are design fault in the big sized car like ES.
Its gas tank is such small that allows to go upto 350 miles with full tank. I know I sound a bit harsh but these are my impression of 2016 ES350.

By Lee

on Jan/04/16 09:41 PM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Redesigned 2016 Lexus ES 350 Luxury Package

This is my 6th Lexus. Previously owned GS, 3 Rx models over the years and currently have an IS 250 that my wife drives. I was in the market for a new car and seriously considered other luxury models including the new C300 Mercedes, BMW 5 series, Cadillac CTS even toyed with the idea of the Porche Macan. I thought after many years of Lexus maybe I wanted a fresh change. After viewing, researching, and pricing the different models with options and overall editor and customer reviews Lexus was still #1 in reliability and value. I had driven the 2015 ES 350 when my RX was in for service and was impressed with the comfort and handling. When the 2016 came out I truly loved the redesign with the new front end and rear end. I test drove it with the 18" wheels and was very impressed. Quick, smooth, quiet, comfortable, and a truly upscale luxury interior. Before I made my decision I decided to wait and test drive the new 2016 RX when it hit the market. For me the 2016 ES 350 just handled beautifully and I am extremely happy with my purchase. I have the luxury package which includes the new leather seat design with double stitching, 18" wheels, and the one touch power trunk. This is a wonderful luxury car and a great value.

By Mona Frame

on Jan/23/16 10:31 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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Unhappy with 2016 Lexus es350 Rides like a truck

If you have owned a 2011 or 2005 Lexus do not expect the same comfort inside or on the road. The seats are hard, road noise inside is bad and I am very dissatisfied with its over all ride and comfort, and road noise. Mine rides just a tad above my husbands 2015 Dodge truck. I don't know what happened to the quality but I am very unhappy with my new 2016 Lexus es350. I did not test drive it and that was a big mistake. However, I did not test drive my 2011 or 2005 and I am m not sure a simple test drive would have been enough to tell me how uncomfortable this 2016 was going to be. I trusted since I was buying a high end car like the lexus it would be of a quality I had known before. I am looking for a 2012 or earlier used lexus and will sell this one. I just hate that Lexus has fallen into the cheap car routine. Why not have leather seats?? I don't want a sports car I want a car that is comfortable.
Very displeased with this new car would not recommend unless a person wants an sports rcar.

By Disappointed

on Aug/19/16 11:43 AM (UTC)

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2016 Lexus ES 350


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What's missing?

This is a Luxury automobile and as such should have luxury features. It has quite a few but here is what it does not have. I think I am bothered as much as to why these features are missing as I am that they are missing.
First, there is no digital speedometer. Today’s analog speedometers are hard to see and under certain conditions very hard to see. With police having zero tolerance for speeds over the limit in some places the 20mph increments on the analog speedometer won’t cut it. My 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee has not one but 2 digital speedometers plus the analog. One is on the dash and one is on the navigation system and turns red if you exceed the limit. The Lexus has the hardware and processors to provide the digital speedometer but Lexus chose not to for on ES350. The dealer told me if I bought a more expensive model I could have it. I have 2 digital speedometers on my smart phone that are free.
Second, there are no warning sensors to protect against high curbs. The low slung front end looks great but if you get too close to a curb you are in for a horrendous repair bill. The parking assist front sensors won’t help on high curbs. Add 2 more properly angled sensors and problem solved. I think this problem is well understood by Lexus and was left uncovered on purpose. My friends F150 Ford truck has 360 degree cameras that also do the trick. Hardly a luxury vehicle. Lexus wants to fix your front end damage$$$.
Third, there is no “remote start” on the FOB. Most other cars have this. Lexus wants you to buy the Enform app that does this. The app costs a lot of money after the first year and there is such a delay to the actual remote start it is unusable in many situations. Once again my 4 year old Jeep has instant remote start on the FOB as do just about all other vehicles. Lexus says the app has other stuff like a vehicle locator. A vehicle locator can be had as a free app on any smart phone. After the first year, if you don’t pony up for the Enform Remote , Lexus says they will not help you find your stolen car. Isn’t that sweet.
Fourth, there is no map button. You cannot touch one button in a hurry to get to the Navi map to see what the next street name is. You can if that’s you only home screen but that silly when the home screen has split screen capability. The Lexus used to have a map button but took it away in this generation. Yes the Jeep has one. Once again, this is an obvious omission….but why? There is a button to get to radio and media. How about a voice command you say. That takes you to the Navi but starts asking questions. They could have a “go to map” voice command but don’t. How about just hold the home button down to get there or any of 10 other ways.
It's been a year now and what's missing is more bothersome than ever. Too bad, because other than being overpriced the ES 350 is a nice car. Lexus just sent me a notice that if I want to keep the Enform app it will cost $1200+ for 4 years.

By Lexus Guy

on Nov/04/15 04:05 PM (UTC)

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Best Es yet

This is a very comfortable car. I came from a 2014 328i M sport. That car was great too but it was a little small for a family. Plus the reliability scared me every time I got in it. Not this Lexus though. This is a family car! I never worry about if something expensive is going to break or going into limp mode "bmw". I am 35 years old and I always thought I will look like an old man in this car. You know what this car makes you mature and look established. The led headlights are bright and show the road well. The navigation still looks like my 2008 Toyota Camry navigation though. I really wish Toyota would update their nav systems. The seats are la z boy comfortable. I am ready for a road trip. Standard stereo is more than enough. More than enough acceleration and very serine interior. I definitely would buy this over any other brand. Bmw drives nice but costs way too much. Acura is boring, Mercedes is over rated and Audi is in trouble. Buy a Lexus!

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After owning the car for about 6 months. I decided to go back to my bmw 328i 2016. I miss the road handling characteristics of the car. The lexus was nice don't get me wrong. Two weeks after buying the lexus the presidential collision system went out on the vehicle. They kept it for a few days because they couldn't figure out what was wrong. So they finally fixed it and wanted to keep the car longer and do research on it! Um thats ok give me my car please. Got a crack in the windshield that was a nightmare because lexus needed to recalibrate the lane departure warning also. And then after five months of ownership lexus recalled the brakes saying the vehicle can become uncontrollable. OK I was done then. My first bmw I owned for a year never had a recall or any problems. But lexus is supposed to be the most reliable. So I'm back with bmw. I just couldn't get past the problems and the lack of technology of the lexus. I do miss the size and the price of filling the tank though. The paint is better quality on the Lexus also. Everyone says if you want a good ES then get a 2010-2012 model. 2013 and up is when they started to cut costs.

By Brandon

on Jan/04/16 04:32 PM (UTC)

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Important read if shopping or analyzing reviews...

I have a 2016 ES ultra luxury, and have had a 2008 in the past. The ES is a terrific car for real world use, it will out-handle what most will ever throw at it. It's not a car for a track..but neither really is a C class or 3 or 5 series BMW that I've owned, and they were in no way as serene nor exciting (except when the warranty runs out, or you deal with condescending service departments). The Lexus ES is as luxurious and reliable as you can find anywhere close to it's price range, has a unique 'feel' of quality and thoughtfulness that can't be checked off on a checklist when shopping, you have to own it to notice it. Is it sporty? No. There's not much luxurious about 'feeling the road' unless you're on a track or rare weekend journey, and for that, you can get a real sports car. If you want a sportier 'edge' in a sedan, the GS is very nice and still solid. When shopping for the ES, know that with it being quiet, it's very noticeable which wheels and tires you get. They come with either Michelin or Bridgestone from factory, the particular Michelin they use is rated as top 3 by tirerack.com, the Bridgstone dead last. You can tell when you drive it, and from some reviews who say it's not the car they expected, they always photo Bridgestones on larger rims...which you also may want to avoid. The 17" wheels for 2016 look great, but if you get ultra luxury, you have to swap out the 18". I know..an inch less, but test drive for yourself, the 17", and on a Michelin (Not Bridgestone) tire is what you'd like. in 2016 they also updated suspension and added more sound deadening. It's noticeable if you drive it back to back with a prior year. It's 80% of the top of the line Lexus LS, for almost half the price. It's a hard model to ignore, unless you're trying to impress people who insist that luxury must be sporty and rough edged.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    111.0 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    193.3 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    57.1 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3571 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    41.9 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    57.6 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    40.0 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    55.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    15.2 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.46 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    215
  • Rear Tire Profile
    55



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front And Dual Rear
  • Knee Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    15
  • Cd Player
    Single CD/DVD
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM HD Radio
  • Watts
    835


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Auto Dimming Side Mirrors
    Electrochromatic


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5l V6
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    17.2 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $27,398
  • Private Seller Price
    $29,730
  • Dealer Price
    $31,490
  • Original MSRP
    $38,100


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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    21 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    31 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 3
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    7
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2016 Lexus ES 350 Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    6 years / 70,000 miles
    5 years
  • CORROSION
    6 years / Unlimited miles
    5 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    4 years / Unlimited miles
    3 years

2016 Lexus ES 350 Key Factors

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Pros

  • Comfortable ride and composed handling
  • Smooth V6 engine
  • Generous rear legroom.
  • Luxurious and well-built interior

Cons

  • Navigation system controller can be complicated and distracting to use.


2016 Lexus ES 350 True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,392$1,441 $1,491$1,543 $1,597$7,464
Maintenance$415$941 $980$1,355 $2,841$6,532
Repairs$0$0 $0$429 $658$1,087
Taxes & Fees$3,547$268 $240$216 $194$4,465
Financing$1,139$902 $659$406 $145$3,251
Depreciation$3,613$4,305 $3,789$3,358 $3,014$18,079
Fuel$1,881$1,938 $1,996$2,056 $2,117$9,988
True Cost To Own ®$11,987$9,795 $9,155$9,363 $10,566$50,866

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2016 Lexus ES 350 NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 05/02/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The car has a system just like a computer. the 'mouse' has a light that flits over the screen. it is very hard to control while driving and i find it more dangerous then texting while driving. you really should look into this.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/06/2016

Component(s): EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM(GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM)

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 lexus es350. while leaving a parking lot, the navigation system failed and affected the radio. the contact restarted the engine; however, the failure recurred. the vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the failure mileage was 5,000.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/17/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

There has been a recall on lexus 2016 es 350 in april 2016 for the brake actuator which could cause brake pressure to fail. i have called several times the lexus dealership in escondido, ca. tells me....... "we don't have the parts and we will call you when we get the parts." i am driving a brand new car that does not comply with a portion of fmvss 126, loss of vehicle stability control, increasing the risk of a crash. it is now mid august 2016. i will probably be dead if the brakes go out and i will not be able to report to you where the incident happened. what can i do to save my self and possibly others?


Date Complaint Filed: 10/16/2016

Component(s): FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 lexus es350. consumer writes in regards to vehicle pre-collision system/ brake actuator system malfunction. *smd the consumer stated six weeks after leasing the vehicle. the pre-collision system/brake actuator system engaged for no reason; bringing the vehicle to an uncontrolled abrupt stop, while driving 30 mph. the consumer was informed by lexus mechanics, engineers and specialist the system was operating as designed. *jb


Date Complaint Filed: 10/29/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I was driving the car on the freeway with the cruise control on when it started to rapidly decelerate and pull back to a standstill. i pushed the accelerator but nothing would stop the deceleration. i had to pull over to the side of the freeway since the car eventually stopped and pushed the button to turn off the cruise control. after a few minutes, i fellt that i could reenter traffic and was able to do so but without the cruise countrol engaged. i took it into the dealer who indicated that they could find nothing. this was a very dangerous situation and i could have been rear ended or gone off the road. if this had happened at night there could have been very bad consequences.






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