2013 LEXUS ES 350 BASE

Used Sedan - 2013 Lexus ES 350 Base in Tulsa, Ok

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    About This 2013 Lexus ES 350 Base
    Vehicle Location:
    Tulsa, Ok
    ES 350
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    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    Fuel Efficient Vehicle 30+ MPG
    Highway MPG
    Combined MPG: 26 - Efficient 30+ MPG
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $90.87*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
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    CLEARANCE!!! MUST GO!!! ~~One-Owner~~ MidTown KIA is honored to present a wonderful example of pure vehicle design... this 2013 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn only has 75,013 miles on it and could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! This Lexus includes: LANE DEPARTURE ALERT W/AUTO HIGH BEAMS Lane Departure Warning DISPLAY AUDIO HD Radio Back-Up Camera AM/FM Stereo MP3 Player CD Player Satellite Radio Bluetooth Connection 18 X 7.5 FIVE TWIN-SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS Aluminum Wheels Chrome Wheels Tires - Front Performance Steel Wheels Tires - Rear Performance HEATED WOOD Leather Steering Wheel PREMIUM PKG Seat Memory Woodgrain Interior Trim Mirror Memory Leather Steering Wheel Adjustable Steering Wheel HIGH-INTENSITY DISCHARGE (HID) HEADLAMPS HID headlights HEATED SEATS Heated Front Seat(s) NAVIGATION SYSTEM HD Radio Navigation System Back-Up Camera Satellite Radio Bluetooth Connection Telematics Navigation from Telematics PWR REAR SUNSHADE LUXURY PKG Cooled Rear Seat(s) Heated Rear Seat(s) Vinyl Seats Seat Memory Cloth Seats Woodgrain Interior Trim Heated Front Seat(s) HID headlights Leather Seats Mirror Memory Cooled Front Seat(s) Rear Parking Aid Leather Steering Wheel Adjustable Steering Wheel Premium Synthetic Seats *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* Rest assured with your purchase of this pre-owned Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn. Because a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee is included, you have built-in peace of mind to drive off the lot confidently. With more CARFAX one-owner vehicles to choose from than most other dealers, MidTown KIA is the place to purchase a great, new pre-owned vehicle like this Nebula Gray Pearl Lexus ES 350. Save money at the pump with this fuel-sipping Lexus ES 350. Added comfort with contemporary style is the leather interior to heighten the quality and craftsmanship for the Lexus ES 350 This vehicle comes with a navigation system. That doesn't mean you won't get lost. But it does mean you won't stay lost. The interior of this Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn has been through meticulous inspection and could almost pass for a brand new vehicle. This 2013 Lexus is a unique find -- pair it with a Rear Entertainment Package and you have hit the jackpot. Treat yourself to a wonderful driving experience in this wel- optioned Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn. Equipped with the latest in driver comforts, this Lexus is the benchmark of modern automotive engineering. There are other vehicles and then there is the Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn. It is one of the most unique vehicles on the market, and you would be hard pressed to find another dealer offering something quite like this Lexus. Equipped with upgraded wheels, this Lexus ES 350 is stunning to see driving down the street. More information about the 2013 Lexus ES 350: The Lexus ES occupies a highly competitive luxury segment against cars such as the Acura TL and Cadillac CTS. With its all-new sheetmetal, long list of standard features, and incredible safety features, however, the ES 350 has much to recommend it. And with the addition of the new ES 300h Hybrid, Lexus has upped the sedan's appeal immensely, setting it apart from the rest of the crowd. Interesting features of this model are terrific interior room and comfort levels, hybrid efficiency, V6 power, and Improved chassis dynamics Thank you for visiting another one of MidTown KIA's online listings! Please continue for more information on this 2013 Lexus ES 350 4dr Sdn with 75,013 miles. You don't have to sacrifice style or comfort with this fuel-efficient Lexus ES 350. Look no further, you have found exactly what you've been looking for. At MidTown KIA, we strive to provide you with the best quality vehicles for the lowest possible price, and this ES 350 4dr Sdn is no exception. More information about the 2013 Lexus ES 350: The Lexus ES occupies a highly competitive luxury segment against cars such as the Acura TL and Cadillac CTS. With its all-new sheetmetal, long list of standard features, and incredible safety features, however, the ES 350 has much to recommend it. And with the addition of the new ES 300h Hybrid, Lexus has upped the sedan's appeal immensely, setting it apart from the rest of the crowd. Interesting features of this model are terrific interior room and comfort levels, hybrid efficiency, V6 power, and Improved chassis dynamics

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    Vehicle Options:

    • Shark Fin Antenna
    • Am/fm Stereo W/in-dash 6-disc Cd Changer -inc: Mp3/wma
    • (8) Speakers
    • Aux Audio Input
    • Usb Input
    • Automatic Sound Levelizer
    • Digital Sound Processor
    • Siriusxm Satellite Radio W/90-day Trial Subscription
    • Remote Control
    • Variable Intermittent Washer-activated Windshield Wipers
    • Exterior Glass W/uv Reduction
    • 17 X 7.0 Split 6-spoke Alloy Wheels
    • Chrome Body Side Moldings (2012)
    • Halogen Projector Bulb Headlamps W/auto Off
    • Water-repellent Front Door Glass (2012)
    • P215/55r17 All-season Tires
    • Wrap-around Led Tail Lamps
    • Pwr Heated Mirrors -inc: Integrated Turn Signals
    • Puddle Lamps
    • Memory
    • Spindle Grille W/lexus Logo
    • Exterior Glass W/uv Reduction (2012)
    • Temporary Spare Tire
    • Pwr Tilt/slide Moonroof -inc: 1-touch Open/close Feature
    • Sliding Sunshade
    • Integrated Fog Lamps
    • Nuluxe Seat Upholstery
    • Rear Pass-through Bench Seat
    • Automatic Climate Control -inc: Speed & Air Flow Indicators
    • Homelink Universal Transceiver
    • Metallic/wood Trimmed Glove Box
    • Warning Lights -inc: Battery
    • Oil Level
    • Seat Belt
    • Brake
    • Airbags
    • Engine Oil
    • Low Fuel
    • Tire Slippage (with Trac)
    • Door Open
    • Trac Off
    • High Beam
    • Headlight On
    • Scheduled Maintenance
    • (2) Rear Coat Hooks
    • Leather Seat Upholstery
    • Front/rear Assist Grips
    • Retained Accessory Pwr For Windows & Moonroof
    • 10-way Pwr Front Bucket Seats -inc: Pwr Lumbar
    • Driver Seat Memory
    • Pwr Windows W/1-touch Up/down Feature
    • Leather-trimmed Interior
    • Rear Window Defogger W/auto-off Timer
    • 3-spoke Pwr Tilt/telescopic Leather-trimmed Steering Wheel (2012) -inc: Cruise
    • Audio & Display Controls
    • Memory
    • Retained Accessory Pwr For Windows & Moonroof (2012)
    • Vehicle Theft-deterrent System W/engine Immobilizer
    • Illuminated Remote Releases -inc: Fuel Filler Door
    • Trunk
    • Carpeted Floor Mats (2012)
    • 3-spoke Pwr Tilt/telescopic Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel (2012) -inc: Cruise
    • Audio & Display Controls
    • Memory
    • Front Seatback Pockets
    • Storage Bin Center Console W/accessory Pwr Outlet (2012)
    • Lexus Personalized Settings
    • Dual Front/rear Cup Holders
    • Pwr Door Locks
    • Optitron Gauges -inc: Eco Driving Indicator
    • Speedometer
    • Tachometer
    • Fuel
    • Coolant Temp
    • Odometer W/digital Twin Trip Odometers
    • Analog Clock
    • Interior Lighting -inc: (2) Personal Lamps
    • Illuminated Entry
    • Front & Rear Led Spot Lamps
    • Piano Black Trim On Instrument Panel
    • Doors & Upper Console
    • Dual Sun Visors W/illuminated Vanity Mirrors
    • Alarm System
    • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror W/compass
    • Cruise Control
    • Smartaccess Keyless Entry -inc: Multi-function Remote
    • Lock
    • 2-stage Unlock
    • Trunk Open
    • Panic Feature
    • Adjustable Volume
    • Rolling Code
    • Alarm System (2012)
    • Multi-info Display & Trip Computer -inc: 3.5 Color Screen
    • Driving Range
    • Average Fuel Consumption
    • Average Speed
    • Current Fuel Consumption
    • Vehicle Diagnosis Info
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Push Button Engine Start
    • Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering
    • 3.5l Dohc Sfi 24-valve V6 Engine -inc: Dual Variable Valve Timing W/intelligence (vvt-i)
    • Dual Exhaust System W/seamless Tips
    • Tool Kit
    • 6-speed Automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission -inc: Intelligence (ect-i)
    • Sequential-shift
    • Drive Mode Select W/normal/eco/sport Modes
    • Rear Independent Dual-link Macpherson Strut Suspension
    • Front/rear Stabilizer Bars (2012)
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Independent Macpherson Strut Suspension
    • Pwr Front Ventilated & Rear Solid Disc Brakes -inc: Smart Stop Technology
    • ** All Standards Are 2013 Unless Otherwise Noted **
    • Front/rear Crumple Zones
    • Front/rear Side-impact Door Beams
    • 3-point Seat Belts For All Seating Positions -inc: Pretensioners & Force Limiters For Outboard Seating Positions
    • Front/rear Side Curtain Airbags
    • Height-adjustable Front Shoulder Belt Anchors
    • Dual Front Dual-stage Airbags -inc: Passenger Occupant Classification
    • Glows-in-the-dark Emergency Interior Trunk Release
    • Led Daytime Running Lamps
    • All-position Emergency Locking Retractor
    • 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (abs)
    • Dual Front Seat-mounted Side-impact Airbags
    • Safety Connect -inc: Automatic Collision Notification
    • Stolen Vehicle Location
    • Emergency Assist Button (sos)
    • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
    • (1) Year Trial Subscription
    • Impact-dissipating Soft Upper Headliner & Pillars
    • Front/rear Passenger Automatic Locking Retractor
    • Energy Absorbing Door & Body Construction
    • Collapsible Steering Column
    • Child Restraint Seat -inc: Tether Anchor Brackets For Rear Outboard Seats
    • Safety Locks
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Rear Seat Side Airbags
    • Traction Control
    • First Aid Kit
    • Dual Front Knee Airbags
    • Electronic Brake Force Distribution (ebd) W/brake Assist
    • Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Vehicle Stability Control (vsc) W/cutoff Switch

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    2013 Lexus ES 350 Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    2013 Lexus ES 350
    Fresh lineup of entry-luxury sedans includes hybrid.


    The 2013 Lexus ES marks the seventh generation of the model that helped establish the Lexus brand and remains one of the marque's best-sellers. It is slightly larger outside and roomier inside, offers more features and for the first time there is a hybrid version. By all indications its popularity should remain intact.


    Although the wrapper is new there are plenty of proven components updated from the last ES and the recently redesigned Camry, including engines and transmissions. As such we do not consider this an all-new car, often an advantage since any bugs were worked out long ago.


    Literally the biggest change from the previous-generation ES is in the rear seat where legroom has increased by four inches leaving enough space for a 2013 ES to easily carry four six-foot-plus individuals.


    Real leather is offered on most models, synthetic leather (vinyl) is standard, woodwork is genuine plank, and the hand-stitched panels play to the luxury ambience.


    Styling on the new 2013 ES is more masculine outside and broader inside, though cleanly conservative is still the most common descriptor. Ten airbags and optional driver assists see to safety, while available features such as Enform telematics, a heated steering wheel and a sparkling 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system sate your inner sybarite.


    The velvety-smooth 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic in the 2013 ES350 aren't the most mechanically sophisticated in class, yet they provide near best-in-class fuel economy with an EPA-rated 21/31 mpg City/Highway and more than adequate propulsion. The suspension and steering have been revised to make the 2013 Lexus ES a better performer and a more pleasurable drive. That goal has been met but the ES remains far more luxury sedan than driver's car; there is no sport model or special suspension package available, the sole performance upgrade 18-inch wheels with one-size wider tires. Also, the ES uses front-wheel drive. The rear-wheel-drive GS is the better choice for sporty handling.


    The 2013 Lexus ES300h hybrid, which essentially replaces the lackluster HS250h in Lexus's lineup, combines all the good points of an ES with average fuel economy in the region of 40 mpg. Apart from a full-length glass roof, any feature available on the V6 is offered on the hybrid. The only downsides to the hybrid are the price premium and 20 percent less luggage space without a long-item pass-through. The Lexus ES300h hybrid employs a 156-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motors, 245-volt NiMH battery pack and a continuously variable automatic transmission for 200 total system horsepower and an EPA rating of 40/39 mpg City/Highway.


    The 2013 Lexus ES is quiet, uncomplicated, has a fair suite of appointments standard and available, delivers a reassuring ride, benign handling, decent to excellent fuel economy and an enviable reputation for reliability and the dealer experience. The ES insulates its occupants from the world outside and is easy to operate.


    Lexus ES shoppers have plenty of other cars to choose from. We would name the front-drive Audi A6, Hyundai Azera, Acura TL, Lincoln MKS, Buick LaCrosse and Volvo S60 the primary competitors. If you don't need many of the ES's extensive options, a well-equipped Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima, Mazda6, Toyota Avalon or Kia Optima Limited may get the job done.


    The 2013 Lexus ES is offered in two variants, the ES350 gasoline V6 and the ES300h gasoline-electric hybrid. Both are front-wheel drive; there is no all-wheel drive option.


    The Lexus ES350 comes with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic. Standard features include NuLuxe synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, piano-black cabin trim, moonroof, power front seats, smart key/pushbutton start, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/iPod/USB audio, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels. A panoramic sunroof and 18-inch wheels are available for ES350.


    The Lexus ES300h hybrid employs a 156-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motors, 245-volt NiMH battery pack and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It is equipped much like an ES350 but adds a vehicle proximity notification system (for public awareness when running on electric only), rear spoiler, deeper rear valance, badging, slightly different instrumentation and bamboo interior trim.


    Three major option packages are offered for both models. The Premium package upgrades to leather seating, maple wood trim, driver memory system, and power tilt/telescope steering wheel; Premium requires an audio or navigation upgrade. The Luxury package builds on Premium with HID low-beam headlights, leather interior trim, heated/ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, and park assist. The Ultra Luxury package further adds a panoramic glass roof, rain-sensing wipers, heated wood steering wheel, passenger seat memory, driver's seat cushion extender, ambient lighting, manual rear-door sunshades, and power trunk lid.


    Standalone options include many of the items in packages, plus 17- and 18-inch wheels, radar cruise control with pre-collision system, blind spot/cross traffic alert systems, and lane departure assist/auto high-beam.


    Safety features on all ES models include 10 airbags including front knee and rear-seat side that are compatible with properly installed child seats, plus electronic stability, braking and traction controls. Options include predictive rearview camera (included with any audio or navigation upgrade), blind spot and rear cross traffic alert, lane departure alert, and parking assist.


    At a glance, the 2013 ES is clearly a Lexus, whether you first see the large L logo and new family grille or the wraparound taillights. If you don't notice the longer nose or where the rear door opening meets the window frame you could easily mistake it for a Lexus GS.


    The most daring aspect of the design is the pinched grille, and daring is a word that has never been applied to an ES before. Lexus dubs that pinched grille 'spindle,' and you will see it on the newest Lexus models. The grille fairs into an arched hood we're thinking was influenced by pedestrian impact standards; the emphasis of the shape is such that from some angles it appears the hood tapers down to the windshield base.


    Framing the grille are cleaner lights that sweep rearward, with fog lights in modest chrome rings rather than the predecessor's chrome plates. Down and inward pointing arrowhead LED daytime running lights are standard, the optional HID headlights low-beam only where the European competitors would offer low and high beam HID (aka bi-xenon) lights.


    Whether it's on 17- or 18-inch wheels, the added sheetmetal curvature better encircles the tires and provides a lower, more hunkered-down profile, this despite a proportionally greater increase in height than in length. The new 2013 ES is 1.6 inches longer overall, 1.7 inches longer between the wheels, and almost an inch taller than the 2012 version.


    Ample mirrors are well off the window surface, mounted on pylons to help quell wind noise; numerous small fins outside and underneath improve airflow. Side panels are free of ornamentation and the only significantly creased character line is along the door sills and sweeps upward to the rear wheel. On ES300h there are hybrid badges we think detract from the simple lines more than they announce environmental stewardship.


    Horizontal taillights are pinched at the inner edges, echoing the grille. They offer good wraparound visibility, and the trio of nicely curved lines rising at the corner could have come from BMW or Hyundai but these are better done. Dual exhaust outlets on the ES350 are dropped on the ES300h, which gets a single pipe hidden behind the deeper bumper panel and an added lip spoiler on the trunk. Although the changes drop the coefficient of drag by only a few-thousandths of a point it is enough improvement to add one mpg to the EPA Combined rating.


    All ES models come with a conventional moonroof and a shark-fin antenna at the trailing edge of the roof. The ES350 offers an optional full-length glass panel panoramic sunroof, but unfortunately that layout isn't very compatible with satellite-radio antennae, so cars with the big sunroof and XM radio have a second, smaller antenna on the trunk as well.


    The Lexus ES has always been known for comfort and features, a quiet haven to escape the noise and drudgery that some people find driving. Again not doing anything daring, this generation is no different.


    The two major changes for 2013 are the move to a broader, more horizontal styling theme just as the 2013 GS did, and a larger back seat easily attributable to two things: Cars typically getting bigger every time they're redesigned and Lexus's plan to sell this ES in China where rear-seat space is so demanded some car companies build long versions specifically for it.


    The interior is generally inviting and functional. The basic NuLuxe upholstery is fine though we expect the majority of ES will go with leather of some degree and fineness. A lot of the stitching is done by hand. If it looks like wood it is: maple on ES350 and bamboo on the ES300h. Below armrest height, the panels are hard plastic, but unless grasping for something in the door pocket you'll never feel it. Regardless of cabin color the front seatbacks, remote-touch controller and steering wheel were black in every example; perhaps spoiled by the apparent luxury, we expected those to be color coordinated.


    Power heated front seats accommodate the majority of the population, with further options of ventilation, position memory and a moderate thigh extender for the driver's seat cushion. Door and center armrests are useful though tall occupants may not find the curled surface of the door rests ideal.


    Rear-seat occupants should also find comfort and room ample; it's close to front dimensions and notably larger than the externally same-size GS. The center armrest has a built-in cupholder with a padded top unlike some hard-tops, and it's contoured inside so spills don't get directed inside the armrest only to become obnoxious odors weeks later. The rear seat gets reading lights, assist handles, two center vents and optional window shades but on the down side those taller passengers again found the aft edge of the door armrests uncomfortable and toe space under the seats is compromised. The panoramic roof, with individual manual-slide shades, makes rear-seat headroom the limiting dimension.


    A nicely shaped three-spoke steering wheel, often wood and perhaps heated, gives a good view of the gauges: electroluminescent speed, revs (or electric power/charge on 300h), fuel and engine temperature instantly familiar to any Lexus driver. Ancillary switches for auto high-beam or blind-spot functions are to the left, with plenty of blanks even on a fully-loaded model, while the hood, trunk and fuel door release are at the bottom under a small pop-out tray.


    Around the middle of the dash a dark silver panel pinched at the sides like the grille controls primary audio functions, with climate control below. This appears offset to the right of the car's centerline and armrest, with the subdued analog clock above it further off-center and the nav screen slightly to the left. It didn't affect function but the lack of linearity was obvious.


    Seat and wheel heat switches line the leading edge of the console, with the drive-mode selector on the left and a cupholder on the right. A gated shifter on the left side has a cupholder behind it where a tall container might interfere with your arm, and the central controller is right of the shifter where the passenger's arm might rest. Piano-black or wood trim surrounds this area, both glossy enough to reflect some glare.


    Base ES350 models get a rotary controller and buttons, while any audio or navigation upgrade uses a mouse-like palm-rest and button arrangement. The logic is fairly intuitive but the controller requires familiarization of motions.


    The standard audio system is fine and includes streaming Bluetooth, upgradeable with a 7-inch screen, rear camera, HD radio and iTunes tagging, and phone-book transfer. Much of that is included with the eight-inch screen navigation package that has Lexus Enform with apps Suite telematics, voice-command, and SiriusXM traffic and weather (one-year subscription). All of the displays were easily viewed with polarized sunglasses, except for the Power Flow option in the hybrid's gauge center.


    Mark Levinson supplies the top-line sound system with DVD audio, 12-channel 835-watt amplifier and 15 speakers. It's unlikely you'll find any better in this class of car.


    Despite more aggressive exterior styling, a larger rear window, more slender A-pillars and mirrors well away from the door make outward visibility quite good. Optional blind-spot monitoring and predictive rearview monitor are on par with most competitors.


    Trunk space is a commendable 15.2 cubic feet in a deep well with adequate tie-downs. There is no folding rear-seat some competitors offer, only a pass-through for long items; the hybrid loses three cubic feet and the pass-through, still better than many hybrids. The exterior trunk button will not work unless it senses a key nearby, even if the car is completely unlocked.


    Driving Impression
    The 2013 Lexus ES is very easy to drive and as before eliminates many of the negatives from driving. Unlike before, those who enjoy driving will find it more likable, though we wouldn't go so far as to call it a driver's car.


    Lexus maintains the ES is an all-new platform. We remain skeptical, noting the similar dimensions to last year's new Camry, the same engines and transmissions (recalibrated for the ES), history of shared platforms, and that we can't imagine Toyota spending money for two different same-size front-drive platforms.


    The ES350's 3.5-liter V6 is smooth, quiet and generates 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the 6-speed automatic, it yields EPA ratings of 21/31 mpg City/Highway.


    Hyundai Azera's 3.3 yields 293 hp and 20/29 mpg; Audi's A6 front-drive 2-liter four-cylinder has 211 hp and 25/33 mpg but more torque than the ES; Acura's TL is 280 hp and 20/29 mpg; and Volvo's S60 is 250 hp and 20/30 mpg with more torque. All offer similar or better outright performance than the ES but none is as smooth nor as quiet.


    With EPA numbers of 40/39 mpg City/Highway for the new 2013 ES300h hybrid, the only similar cars remotely close are the Buick LaCrosse eAssist, a mild hybrid at 25/36 mpg, a fully optioned VW Passat TDI (30/40 mpg) or a loaded Toyota Camry hybrid (43/39 mpg).


    The Lexus ES300h transitions between gasoline, electric power and both almost seamlessly. You can tell this is not Toyota's first hybrid. The ES300h will run in electric-only mode at gentle rates to 25 mph, distance dependent on battery charge, nice in heavy traffic. And while 0-60 mph performance is claimed one second slower than the ES350 gas engine, the effortless urge doesn't really feel it. At max throttle you hear the ES300h engine a bit more than in the ES350 V6 but from the back seat it was barely audible over freeway noise. The brake pedal is touchier in the ES300h than the ES350 because it triggers regeneration (to charge the battery); manually downshifting for grades does the same but to a much lesser extent.


    An ES350 console switch rotates for Eco and Sport modes, push it for Normal, where two or three buttons would be simpler. In Eco mode, response is muted to improve mileage, and the car restarts in Eco. In Sport mode, pedal response and transmission behavior are tuned for quicker reflexes and it reverts to Normal at restart. Sport mode does up the ante if you're in a hurry, and that will lower fuel economy.


    According to the onboard trip computer, we averaged 23-24 mpg in the ES350 and 40-41 mpg in the ES300h, in normal or Eco mode. Your right foot will have far greater effect than any switch.


    On the road, the ES is quiet and comfortable, perhaps even supple. Most impacts are limited or eliminated, without any wallowing or float-like sensations. When pushed hard, grip was better than expected and everything was stable, but bumps in hard corners suggest most of the suspension travel was already in use.


    On the wider 18-inch tires, the ride is firmer and we'd not recommend them for areas with marginal infrastructure. The 17- and 18-inch tires we sampled were the same except for size and speed rating (the 18s were rated V, while the 17s were rated H) and the cabin is well isolated, so our ears couldn't detect any noise penalty with the 18s. So it's a ride-quality and looks decision.


    Electric rack-and-pinion steering responds quicker than before, needing less wheel rotation to effect directional change. Steering feel is neither best nor worst, electric or otherwise, and fast maneuvering brings a whir from the column you may not have heard before but is nothing unusual.


    We can't say the ES is the quietest car in its class but it's certainly among the leaders. If you prefer racking up miles in audiophile bliss or merely talking to your navigation or phone, the cabin environment is subdued.


    Redesigned for 2013, the Lexus ES will get you and three adult friends comfortably, calmly and reliably to your destination with minimal distractions from the outside world. It is roomy, safe, easy to drive and well finished in attractive materials. It makes a compelling argument for anyone who needs a four or five-passenger sedan. The ES300h hybrid makes an equally strong contender if you travel a lot in mixed conditions.


    NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale filed this report from Southern California.


    Model Lineup
    Lexus ES350; ES300h.


    Assembled In
    Kyushu, Japan.


    Options As Tested
    Ultra luxury package (leather interior, wood trim, driver and passenger seat memory, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, HID headlamps, park assist, power rear sunshade, manual rear door sunshades, ambient lighting, power trunk lid, rain-sensing wipers, heated wood steering wheel, panoramic sunroof), Mark Levinson/navigation, 18-inch wheels.


    Model Tested
    Lexus ES350.The Lexus ES 350 is a luxury sedan renowned for its elegant appearance, refined driving dynamics and quality craftsmanship. The ES 350 is offered in one trim level, with the opportunity to layer luxury by choosing from a selection of available packages. Power is provided by a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Every ES 350 is outfitted with a power moonroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels, NuLuxe upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control, as well as a premium sound system with satellite radio. Safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, a security alarm and a tire pressure monitor, along with ten airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints. The Lexus ES 350 has been completely redesigned for 2013.

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