New 2023 Lexus ES (Overview). HIGHS
– Toyota-esque reliability, isolating ride comfort, lowest staring price in the class.
– Base four-cylinder engine underdelivers, underwhelming overall performance, price escalates quickly.
– The Lexus ES struggles to be more than an expensive Camry, but what it lacks in athletic prowess it makes up for with plenty of calming comfort.
The ES 350 offers ample power, surprisingly good handling, and Lexus’ hallmark focus on comfort and serenity. Some rival German sedans can be sportier, but the ES remains one of today’s best all-around performers.
Comfortable and mostly upscale interior
Excellent ride quality
Enjoyable handling balance from the F Sport version
Rear seats don’t fold down
All-wheel drive isn’t available for the ES 350
– What’s new
Updated infotainment system that eliminates previous touchpad
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
New F Sport Design and F Sport Handling trims
Part of the seventh ES generation introduced for 2019
Alongside the flagship LS sedan, the midsize ES helped launch the Lexus brand more than 30 years ago. The car has changed substantially since then, but seven generations later it continues to be closely related to the Toyota Camry and Avalon. Just like the original, the 2023 Lexus ES prioritizes ride comfort and luxury over sportiness.