Lexus ES 300 Review — Research New & Used Lexus ES 300 Models | Edmunds

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Although in styling and personality, the Lexus ES 300 an important place in the Lexus during its 12-year run from While the company’s high-tech LS enjoyed greater fame, the affordable ES sedan was the car most test-drove when they at Lexus dealerships. It was the epitome of the luxury sedan — and the success of the Lexus brand has much to do with all the good impressions the ES 300 made.

While sold three generations of the ES those initial impressions remarkably consistent: Pick any and you’d find a roomy, midsize sedan that uncommonly luxurious for its price A quick drive would revealed an astonishingly serene a supple ride quality and a if uninspiring drivetrain. As such, the ES was close to the ideal car for harried pulling down a comfortable When it turned out to be extremely as well, the ES 300’s reputation as a entry-luxury sedan was assured.

Most Recent Lexus ES 300

The and final generation of the Lexus ES 300 only two years, 2002 and as a midcycle refresh brought a V6 engine, necessitating a name to ES 330. Like the ES 300s it, this one was a midsize, front-wheel-drive heavily based on the Toyota

The two shared most basic but the Lexus had a more potent of the 3.0-liter V6 with 210 horsepower and 220 of torque (compared to 192 hp and 209 lb-ft in the as well as a five-speed automatic instead of a four-speed. Suspension was also a bit different, and only the could be fitted with adaptive shock absorbers. obvious to most buyers the ES 300’s unique styling higher-grade interior materials and list of amenities.

Major equipment on the Lexus ES 300 included alloy wheels, a moonroof, front seats, dual-zone climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, faux cabin accents and a full set of mirrors and one-touch up/down Also standard were side airbags and full-length curtain airbags, but you had to pay extra to get control.

Leather upholstery was technically but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Lexus ES 300 with cloth. the other available extras HID headlights, a premium-grade Mark audio system, a DVD-based system, heated front and a wood/leather steering wheel. A CD was also available and could be in the dash or the center console, on whether it was ordered with the nav The only equipment difference the 2002 and ’03 models was the of ordering adjustable pedals on the

In road tests of the ES 300, noted that it was a refined and car well suited for those who a focused luxury sedan, than a sport sedan. is tremendous value to be had in the Lexus ES we wrote. The interior makes the feel like he spent rather than $35,000. roomy enough, powerful and comfortable enough with a that can tame a winding as easily as it can a potholed parkway. No, is not a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series. But the ES makes for a convincing argument to over a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The only significant complaint hear from our editors and ES 300 owners involves transmission The five-speed automatic shifted in normal traffic situations, but the car was driven more aggressively, it with harsh upshifts and downshifts.

Past Lexus ES 300

Consumers shopping for a used ES 300 find plenty of examples the previous generation, sold 1997-2001. This was the first ES to distinguish itself from its Camry sibling, and it did this an extra dose of horsepower, styling and additional luxury


Initially, the ES 300’s all-aluminum V6 offered 200 hp; however, in 1999, installed a heavily revised of this engine equipped variable valve timing. In to 10 more hp, the new V6 delivered more and lower emissions. A four-speed was standard throughout the run, but changed the gearing in ’99 to advantage of the engine’s broader band.

Judged by today’s standards, Lexus ES 300 will undoubtedly light on amenities, though all came with alloy power front seats, climate control and full accessories. Leather upholstery was as was a CD player. Safety-minded buyers probably want to skip to the 1998 model year, as was when the ES received side and reduced-force front airbags. A Nakamichi audio system the options list that followed by stability control in and HID headlights in 2000.

Like its the 1997-2001 ES 300 was a comfortable, capable luxury car with no sport-sedan If your daily commute is straight-line freeway travel, and looking for the most luxury for the money, the Lexus ES 300 scores top we wrote at the time. But if you’re the of driver who not only uses roads, but also seeks out, the Lexus will you unimpressed. It’s not that the car go around corners. It actually quite well when But nothing about the car, the possible exception of its killer inspires performance driving.

The original Lexus ES 300 was sold 1992-’96. It was a more obvious clone than subsequent ES but was quite popular with nonetheless. Early models had a V6 rated at 185 hp. In ’94, Lexus the car with a new aluminum-block, 3.0-liter good for 188 hp and a significant bump in Although a five-speed manual was on 1992 and ’93 models, the majority of ES 300s from generation were sold a four-speed automatic.

Standard included antilock brakes, climate control, an eight-speaker stereo, full power and walnut interior trim. A front airbag was added for Leather upholstery, a moonroof and a CD were optional throughout the

If you encounter an ES sedan built 1992, it’s the ES 250. in 1990 and ’91 only. A rebadging of the Camry from era, this car didn’t live up to its luxury billing.

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