2018 Lexus ES Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Nebula Gray Pearl
MSRP
$31,303 - $41,129
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MPG (up to)
40 City / 39 HWY
Horsepower
200-268
Seats
5

How 2018 Lexus ES Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.7Interior 3.9Comfort 4.5Value 3.7

Editor's Overview

Among midsize-luxury sedans, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 is about the closest thing to a sure bet. With its outstanding reliability and resale record, long list of luxury features and sophisticated styling, the 2018 ES is hard to fault. In hybrid form, the 2018 ES 300h delivers up to 40 mpg without any measurable loss in performance.

Lexus ES Models & Trims

chevronDown icon ES 350 $31,303 - $35,878
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon ES 300h $35,884 - $41,129
Horsepower: 200 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.87
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My Lexus changes that would keep me from owning.

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Lexus does not have convenient locations so it takes me more the an hour to get there from where I live (I am not happy about that); car cabin could be a little bigger, hard to get in without getting caught: center console is hard to get a drink from and inside console is hard to open (very tight quarters)and see at night - no light nearby -(maybe some space in the door?) Difficult to place a flash drive in console; no place to put food if you are driving; I think the gear shift needs to be on the dashboard or steering column to make more room in the center; I am short so there’s a blind spot at the left side mirror to check traffic coming at you; the brake guard really slows you down when you do not it to - I would want it to shift on and off if needed. . This was a hazard for me while traveling on the road trying to accelerate when this feature was in action; I have great difficulty trying to drive while a passenger is trying to use the gps. I shouldn't have to stop, there could be a control for that. Other than that the car is beautiful, has great lines, is very comfortable if you don't have to drive very far and very reliable.

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Very safe and comfortable ride.

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The car is supremely comfortable. The adjustments you can make seem limitless and you can save the settings you are happy with in case someone changes yours. I bought it primarily for the safety features. The car has sensors and reminders so that you would have to ignore everything to cause an accident. It also has great features to assist you in case another driver gets too close or passes to closely behind you. And the side mirrors have lights that show you if something is in your blind spot. The handling and quiet comfort are what one would expect of a vehicle of this caliber.

Janet L
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I love my Lexus because it is easy to drive and has good safety features.

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My car so far has been problem free. It has been very reliable and is very comfortable to drive in. It is also very quiet to drive in. It has many safety features which I feel helps with driving. It has lights on each of the rearview mirrors which alert you when a car is approaching for the side of my vehicle. It also has cameras in the front and back which are very helpful when parking the car. I also like the navigation system. It also has commands that I can give with voice commands such as phone, navigation, radio, etc.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$31,303 - $35,878
$35,884 - $41,129

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 (hp)
200 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L V6 DOHC 24V Dual VVT
2.5L I4 DOHC 16V VVT
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
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Alarm

Alarm
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Optional
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.9 (in.)
41.9 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.5 - 37.7 (in.)
37.5 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40 (in.)
40 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.9 - 37.5 (in.)
37.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.2 (cu. ft.)
12.1 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/45R18
P215/55VR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111 (in.)
111 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 (ft.)
37.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
193.3 (in.)
193.3 (in.)

Width

Width
71.7 (in.)
71.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3571 (.lbs)
3682 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 (hp)
200 (hp)

Torque

Torque
248 (ft. lbs.)
156 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
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Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
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Not Available
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FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.2 (gal.)
17.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
26 (mpg)
40 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
40 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
30 (mpg)
39 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
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Not Available
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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Standard
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Standard
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Standard
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
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Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags *
  • Lexus Enform w/Safety Connect Emergency Sos
  • Lexus Safety System+
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning *
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag *
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Emergency Sos

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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