Status: New for 2019, unchanged for 2020 - The ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid were renewed for 2019 to be more visually appealing while delivering plenty of kick-in-the-pants performance. They shed the slab-sided look for more expressive curves and creases and their signature spindle grilles have evolved to become more elegant centerpieces. The standard V-6 in the ES 350 makes 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The engine connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Lexus says the drivetrain yields a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.6 seconds, which is respectable for a 3,650-pound sedan. For serious gas-pump penny pinching, the ES 300 hybrid's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, assisted by two electric motors, produces a combined 215 horsepower. Lexus estimates city/highway mpg ratings of 44/45. The available F Sport package doesn't add more power, but it comes with adaptive shock absorbers that instantly adjust themselves to road conditions and driver inputs. Other F Sport content includes more front-seat bolstering, aluminum trim and pedals, rear spoiler, blacked-out grille and 19-inch wheels (17-inchers are standard). Optional features for the ES include a 12.3-inch touch-screen with navigation, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, wood-trimmed interior and a premium Mark Levinson-brand audio system.
Base price (incl. destination): $40,900
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 3.5-liter V-6 (302); 2.5-liter I-4 with electric motor (215, net)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic; continuously variable (hybrid)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/33/25 (3.5)
Base weight (lb.): 3,650