2018 Lexus ES Redesign Reviews
The mid-size 2018 Lexus ES sedan is probably the most traditional model left in the ranks of the brand. This is wider than the IS sports sedan, at the same price, and is softer and more comfortable than the GS sport sedan, which is the same size. Like the Lexus sedan has been trying for almost 30 years, it’s polished, smooth, and quiet. Both the ES 350 standard and the ES 300h hybrid model are offered in standard, Premier and Ultra Luxury models, with the Premier package replacing the premium trim last year.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Redesign Reviews
2018 Lexus ES Reviews
Lexus ES only has two powertrains: more common is a 3.5-liter 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with 6-speed automatic. The choice is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that works with a hybrid system of two Toyota parent motors that allow normal driving periods of all-electric regular. The V-6 offers smooth and solid acceleration, while hybrids provide acceptable performance and extremely high fuel economy for luxury and large sedans. On the road, the steering is well-weighted and the suspension is more athletic than you expect from a car with a cushioned ride.
Lexus ES has a cheaper cabin larger than its medium size segment. The front seats accommodate the larger driver again, and you can legitimately meet three adults in the back if required, while the two will find the backseat really roomy. ES hybrid lost luggage space and pass-through for things like skiing. The room is also quiet, with a very effective sound insulation that almost silence in the car.
High safety values, reflecting IIHS’s appointment of Top Safety Pick + and raft of active electronic safety systems as standard equipment.
Each version of Lexus ES comes with an affordable price, with the newly nominated Premier premier class tends to be the most popular version. The top-end cars carry an amazing set of features even for premium brands, and the only drawback we found is on the front of the audio and entertainment. Toyota continues to adapt to a Lexus Remote Touch mouse-like interface that moves the pointer on the center screen. We’ve never been a fan of this system, and its drawbacks become a sharper focus in the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an increasing scarcity for 2018.
2018 Lexus ES 350 Redesign Reviews
2018 Lexus ES Styling
The 2018 Lexus ES offers a superb interior that is wrapped in a quiet exterior with an aggressive front end that is not enough gel.
2018 Lexus ES is now in its fifth year, following the addition of a new and more aggressive front end a few years ago. The basic silhouette remains calm, but the front fascia with its “axis” grille and a loud chrome cover feels like an add-on from a different vehicle. The grid itself is shaped like an hourglass, widening at the top and bottom and squeezed in the middle. At least the spindle grille gets car cared for; Without it, it will be very quiet may also be made invisible. The only design change this year is the removal of the dark metallic paint inside the headlamps that surround the car equipped with bi-xenon lamps.
The contour and curvature of the wide horizontal dash makes the ES feel roomy, and the high and hooded navigation system and instrument cluster behind the wheel are gracefully and practically apart. We may play a slight piano-black and matte memo note, but that’s a minor quibble. The selection of wood trim types on high-end models is impressive, and this is better done and feeling more authentic than many competitors in the class.
2018 Lexus ES Performance
2018 Lexus ES is not a sports sedan, but its smooth and comfortable ride with standard stitching and hybrid hides the more athletic side.
Two powertrains in ES offer a choice of different characteristics. Most buyers will choose the traditional V-6, a 3.5-liter unit rated at 268 hp and paired to the 6-speed automatic steering wheel on the front wheels. It’s used in many Toyota vehicles, but the extra sound isolation makes the hassles far from the occupants. It’s smooth, fast, and if you feel the need for an extra boost, there is a button to call in sporty mode. We never felt the need to use it; Standard mode is suitable for cars well.
In fact, the ES 300h powered hybrid powered by an Atkinson 4 cylinder cylinder engine that is tuned specifically with two-wheeled hybrid transmissions of two companies – offers little excitement, thanks to the instant torque generated by its main electric motor. Drivers can choose the EV mode that keeps the engine off, even at low speeds below the acceleration of light. This is good for stalled and jammed city traffic, or creeping into the garage after midnight. There is also Eco mode, which improves fuel efficiency with less responsive performance costs, and Sport mode, which does the opposite.
If we can change one thing in the ES powertrain, it will be a brake. Pedal pedal ES 350 feels supple, and should be firmer. With the ES 300h hybrid, on the other hand, uses a regenerative electric motor brake mix to recover energy, mixed with conventional friction braking when required. This is now an older version of Toyota’s hybrid system, and not so good at making the transition as smooth as a luxury sedan needs – especially as easy, quiet, and comfortable as the ES.
This is not a sports sedan, but ES can show the athletic side if rushing around. The feeling of driving is relaxed and comfortable, but the 17-inch steering wheel and the larger 18-inch version with low-profile tires offer excellent ride quality, and larger steering wheels drive without affecting subtlety. As some luxury cars get firmer, firmer, and more sporty than their buyers want, Lexus ES remains athletically polite when needed. Sound suppression is very good, with little disturbance by wind, road surface, or engine (except a growl on a hybrid when speeding).
2018 Lexus ES Features
The 2018 Lexus ES includes inexpensive features even at the base level and has exceptional dealer experience, but we hope the infotainment system is better.
2018 Lexus ES continues with basic, mid-level, and high-end trims for standard ES 350 and hybrid ES 300h. Both are equipped with prices starting from the $ 40,000 level. They score high on standard equipment, the ability to customize as they wish, and excellent dealer experience – both for sales and service – offered as one of the brand benefits: Lexus dealers can sometimes even beat pricier brands to shame.
Each ES comes with dual zone climate control, seats and synthetic leather upholstery, 7.0 inch screen for infotainment system, and power moonroof.
For 2018, the only major change is that a single mid-range trim level, called the Premier Package, replaces the trim partner previously known as the Premium and Luxury Package. It adds heating and ventilation to the seat, memory for driver and steering position, power adjustment and leather cover for steering wheel, wood trim for door, and new 17 inch dark gray rims. A new Noble Brown interior with Dark Mocha wood trim can be specified, and park assist and blind spot monitors with rear cross-traffic warnings are required.
Ultra Luxury Package Layers on a larger panoramic moonroof, semi-aniline shell, and ambient lighting. Moonroof panorama is also an option on the lower trim, along with navigation systems, LED lights, and Mark Levinson audio systems. This year, Lexus has surrendered in a one-year trial for the Connect Connect and Service Connect system, and made it free for 10 years.
Note that Lexus packs various features to a certain combination of options, and it varies in each region (to accommodate local weather, for example). This reduces the complexity of buying an ES, but if you want to buy it exactly as per your specifications, it should be a factory order, and it will take longer.
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