When it was new, critics praised the 2010 ES 350 for its high-quality interior and graceful suspension. It probably won’t appeal to driving enthusiasts, but anyone seeking a car that coddles its occupants need not look any further. The ES received some minor interior and exterior updates for 2010, including revised styling, interior trim and updated technology.
The front-wheel drive ES 350 is powered by a 272-horsepower V6 engine. Although the ES isn’t a performance car, most critics said it does feel fairly quick, and noted the smoothness of its powertrain. The Lexus ES earns a fuel economy rating of 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. In its trunk, the ES can carry up to 14.8 cubic feet of cargo, which is fairly good.
Inside, the ES drew rave reviews for its use of premium materials, good fit and finish and isolation from outside noise and road imperfections. Critics said the standard leather seats are very comfortable and that front and rear passengers have plenty of legroom. The base ES 350 also comes better equipped than most of its rivals. Standard features include a power sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio and an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port. Major options when it was new included a power rear sunshade, Mark Levinson stereo, backup camera, parking sensors and panoramic sunroof. Adaptive cruise control and a bevy of other safety features are also available. If you can do without the Lexus badge and want to save some money, you might want to consider a fully-loaded