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2014 Lexus ES350 is a real Lexus

Lexus its middle sedan as the ES350 year. For 2014, the fog lamp have been swapped out for and a couple of trim options added. If it isn’t broken. photo

Interested in a Lexus but too pressed for time to indulge in a road test? Let me save you an Just slide into the seat and open the cupholder, on the next to your right

And then close it again, that button marked That’s all.

Note how and silently this happens, and at the touch. Look down the cupholder, past the self-adjusting, clamp, and see that even the is perfectly finished.

Notice how the lid rises to fit into the around it, and admire the gloss echoes Japanese porcelain. An team designed this feature, but did a robot or a cabinetmaker it?

If you obsess over attention to can swing the payments—you may now skip the and go directly to the salesman’s cubicle. is how the entire car is manufactured, or maybe

No, let’s not skip the driving. No how plush or organically grown it may be, of a car’s “luxury” is how competently and it moves us down the road.

The V-6 engine sends up to 268 horsepower to the wheels through a slick automatic transmission. Lexus the car will hit 60 MPH in a tick over seconds, and its top speed is limited to (As if.) Overall, we got 25 miles per and 30-ish on the highway.

(Want 10 more MPG? offers a less powerful hybrid for about three more.)


Each wheel independently on struts and gas shock and there are stabilizer bars and rear. The ride is compliant and and the ES doesn’t give up in tight either. But twirling the Drive knob to Sport seems to stiffen up the steering, which has the effect of making the car feel not sporty.

ECO mode is less obnoxious, as its are spread over the full of car operations, but Normal is, well, normal. Then, if you want the to tighten up its sneakers, nudge the lever into “S” and either manually or let the genie do it.

That this is no sports car; a big sedan that’s comfortable while stuck in traffic. a good time to play the available Enform infotainment operated by Lexus’s unique computer. It’s easier to use BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s to name just two other and the screens and graphics are bright and

Like every Lexus, the ES is a place to inhabit. The classy is done up in neatly stitched and dark, glossy wood highlighted with streaks of trim and splashes of bright Inside and out, this ES has grown; in the front seats, its come within an inch or so of the top-of-the-range LS460—and in the back, more legroom than in the LS.

prices start at $37,000. I’d want the blind-spot and cross-traffic ($500) and the Luxury Package, all its power adjustments and trim ($1,370). At this point, the heck, let’s add the $2,625 package too. Now we’re in for

At any price, the ES350 lacks the split screen of its more siblings, and there are fewer in its computer, there’s no “Snow” adaptive cruise control or a few items, but the ES350 is just as on the tongue as the GS and LS models—for about 30 and 50 less, respectively.

When the ES arrived, 24 years it was dismissed as a gussied-up Toyota The ES now shares a platform with the Toyota Avalon, but the car has become inch a Lexus. It isn’t the Lexus any longer, either. the smaller and less expensive Surprisingly, the ES is not the best-selling Lexus—that’s the AWD RX350. If it weren’t for our national with SUVs, it probably be. And maybe it should be.


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