2020 Lexus ES 350

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2020 Lexus ES 350 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 21, 2019

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The Japanese perspective of luxury and performance wrapped together in a bundle of joy. This is how we’d like to explain the Lexus ES 350. The 2020 Lexus ES 350 is a part of the seventh-generation ES generation that was launched in 2019 and marks the completion of three-decades of a glorious run.

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Pros

Uptown interior

Great driving dynamics

Comfortable ride quality

Cons

Complex infotainment arrangement

No option of folding down the rear seats

What's New?

The Lexus ES 350 remains unchanged for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

302 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

267 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.9/63.4

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3649 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

99.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1091 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/26/32 mpg

ev range

349.8 mi.

highway range

508.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Lexus ES 350 in Atomic Silver color  2020 Lexus ES 350 in Matador Red Metallic color  2020 Lexus ES 350 in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2020 Lexus ES 350 in Nightfall Mica color  2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus ES 350 Base

Base

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$39,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,900 MSRP (22/26/32) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus ES 350 Luxury

Luxury

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$42,755


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,755 MSRP (22/26/32) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury

Ultra Luxury

power
302 hp @ 6600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$43,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,750 MSRP (22/26/32) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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The Lexus ES 350 houses a 3.5L V6 engine that can generate a punchy 302 horses along with 267 lb.-ft. Of the spinning force. Though there are no such substantial changes in the ES 350 for this year, yet the performance and handling of the car feels much better now.

The Lexus ES 350 faces competition mainly from the homeland brands such as Nissan and Honda. The major contenders that the ES 350 goes against are the Nissan Maxima, Infiniti Q50, and the Acura TLX.

2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Front View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Front View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear View

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2020 Lexus ES 350 Features

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The Lexus ES 350 is offered in 3 trim options- the base ES 350 Sedan, the Lexus ES 350 Luxury, and the ES 350 Ultra Luxury. Prices for the base sedan start from $39,900 and go up to $43,750 for the Ultra Luxury variant. Though there is no powertrain alteration for any of the trim and the main prospects which differentiate the three trims from each other, it is the comfort features they have on offer.

Model

Base

Luxury

Ultra Luxury

MSRP

$39,900

$42,755

$43,750

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Adds to ES 350 features:

Adds to ES 350 Luxury features:

 

Paddle shifters

Rain-sensing wipers

Lateral performance dampers

 

Lexus multimedia system with 8.0-inch color display

Lexus Memory system

Power open/close trunk with kick sensor

 

Lexus 10-speaker premium sound system

Wood trim with ambient lighting

Power rear sunshade with manual rear-door sunshades

 

Perforated Nuluxe interior trim

Perforated leather-trimmed interior

Perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior

 

10-way Power-adjustable front seats

14-way power driver’s seats

Driver’s seat power cushion extender

Which trim should you buy?

The base Lexus ES350 comes equipped with all the bells and whistles that one can expect from a car of this segment. However, just in case you can stretch your budget, the Lexus ES 350 Luxury has features that are totally worth the additional price. Features such as the leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, wood interior trim, and ambient interior lighting, enhances the luxury quotient for the Lexus ES 350. 

2020 Lexus ES 350 Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Lexus ES 350 gets a rev-happy 3.5-liter V6 engine that accelerates authoritatively and remains solid throughout its rev-range. The V6 fitted inside of that spindle grille of the Lexus ES 350 can fabricate 302 hp along with 267 lb.-ft. Of torque. Though the torque figure seems fine, the rpm range it kicks at seems a bit too far for a car of this segment. 

2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Engine Bay
2020 Lexus ES 350 gets a rev-happy 3.5-liter V6 engine

The Lexus ES 350 employs an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission that delivers the power to the ride’s rear wheels pretty effortlessly. The transmission arrangement is responsive and delivers power as and when you hit that pedal. 

Models

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

MSRP

$39,900

$34,250

$36,400

$36,200

Engine

3.5-liter V6 

3.5-liter V6 regular

3.0-liter V6 

3.5-liter V6 regular

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Continuously Variable Transmission

7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

302 hp @ 6,600 rpm

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

261 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

295 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm

267 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm

The Lexus ES 350 is the priciest option of the list with a sticker price of $39,900 for the base trim. For this price what you get is class-leading horsepower figures. The Nissan Maxima and the Infiniti Q50 make a close chase with 302 ponies, followed up by the Acura TLX with 290 ponies. 

How fast is the Lexus ES 350?

The 3.5-liter V6 fitted inside the Lexus ES 350 is capable enough of making the ride sprint from 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds. The ride does a quarter-mile dash in 14.6 seconds, which again happens to be a respectable figure. 

2020 Lexus ES350 Sedan Front view
 The 2020 Lexus ES 350 is capable enough of making the ride sprint from 0-60 in just 6.1 seconds

The 8-speed transmission of the ES 350 with a wider ratio spread for both better acceleration and improved efficiency. The V6 engine feels smooth and refined even when cruising at high speeds, emitting a pretty good sound when you pin the throttle pedal. 

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

5.7 sec

6.4 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.3 sec

14.9 sec

14.5 sec

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.0L V6

3.5L V6

The Lexus ES 350’s 0-60 figure seems decent but is only able to manage 3rd position in the comparison charts, followed up by the Infiniti Q50 which takes 6.4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. 

The Nissan Maxima and the Acura TLX lead the way with a 0-60 sprint time of 5.7 seconds. The rides lead in the quarter-mile comparison as well, covering the distance in 14.3 and 14.5 seconds respectively. 

What about the braking performance of the Lexus ES 350?

The brake pedal of the Lexus ES 350 travels long and feels somewhat squishy and dazy in the beginning, but provides its full brake force after some time. The 12.5 and 13.0-inch rotors fitted towards the front and the back make the car depreciate from a speed of 60 to 0 mph in 110 feet but witnesses a mild nosedive.

2020 Lexus ES350 Sedan Brakes
The 2020 Lexus 350 sedan 12.5 and 13.0-inch rotors fitted towards the front and rear

The 110 feet stopping distance is a great improvement over the previous model’s 136 feet, owing to the increased size of the brake rotors in the front and back. The brake pedal altogether has a mediocre feel to it.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

Brake front

(in.)

12.5

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear

(in.)

13.0

12.1

12.1

12.2

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3649

3564

3685

3616

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

120

114

113

The Lexus ES 350 is one of the heaviest vehicles in this segment and gets the biggest rear brake rotors as compared to other rivals. The ride pulls off the best stopping distance, followed up by the Acura TLX and the Infiniti Q50, with both the rides coming from 60-0 in 113 and 114 feet respectively. The Nissan Maxima obtains the last spot wit a stopping distance of 120 feet. 

What about its driving dynamics?

The Lexus ES 350 is a mid-level luxury sedan, and you can surely feel the luxury quotient in its ride quality. The Lexus ES 350 is a ride that wraps great driving dynamics along with plush comfort in a silent cruiser bundle.

Coast it over knocks and potholes, the car charmingly shocks with such readiness and agile suspension; its treatment of corners, be that as it may, feels poor and dreary. However, on the off chance that you need to get away from the sentiment of a mundane, rich tranquil ride, simply engage the Sport mode and get ready to witness the athletic capabilities of the ES 350. The sport mode stiffens the drivetrain with a sturdy wheel joined by a sportier ride. The 2020 ES 350 is one of those vehicles that figures out how to shrivel around you as you hustle it along, feeling a lot littler than its full-size car measurements would show.

2020 Lexus ES350 Sedan 3rd Quarter View
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 is a ride that wraps great driving dynamics along with plush comfort in a silent cruiser bundle

The steering wheel of the Lexus ES 350 feels nicely weighted in proportion to the car’s dimensions. Though we won’t say that the steering is great at feedbacks, cause it’s not, yet feels convincing enough. However, the one thing that the steering column of the Lexus ES 350 is great at is the feedback part. 

2020 Lexus ES 350 Fuel Economy

The Lexus ES 350 can go a distance of 22 city miles or 32 expressway miles on a single gallon, thus summing the combined mpg to somewhere around 26 miles per gallon. The figures seem great for a ride that comes fitted with a V6 engine. However, in case these 26 miles per gallon do not bring a smile upon your face, you can always go for the Lexus ES 300 hybrid, that nets around 44 miles per gallon without compromising on power or performance. 

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

MPG (city)

22

20

20

23

MPG (highway)

32

30

29

33

MPG (combined)

26

24

23

27

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.9

18

20.0

17.2 

Range (city/highway) (miles)

350/509

360/540

400/580

396/568

The Acura TLX comes out as the most fuel-efficient car of the segment, with a combined mpg of 27, followed up closely by the Lexus. The Nissan Maxima and the Infiniti Q 50 offer a combined mpg of 24 and 23 respectively. However, despite a great set of mpg figures, the Lexus ES 350 offers a range that is comparatively pretty low in comparison to the competitors, owing to the small fuel tank. 

2020 Lexus ES 350 Interior

8.0/10

Lexus ES 350 adorns the luxury sedan tag in a well-mannered way, and the ride’s interior stands firm on the expectations one keeps from a car that carries such a character. The interior is very roomy and will not feel congested to the front or the rear seat passengers. There’s ample space in all the directions making the occupants feel at ease at all times. The seats are comfortable, firm, and supportive and the absence of excessive side bolsters makes getting in and out of the car a cakewalk. The rear seats too are very bit comfortable and have a wide, flat, and deep orientation which makes it a comfortable spot to be in, even for long hours. 

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Seats
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 Rear Seats

The noise insulation in the Lexus ES 350 is not compromised for the sake of performance. The ES 350 absorbs most of the bumps and breaks without transmitting them to the cabin. The engine and road noise are as good as nill. However, there’s some level of wind noise at high speeds, but that is mainly because of the absolutely muffled engine and road noise that makes the wind part a bit more evitable. 

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.5/55.9/42.4

39.4/56.7/45.0

40.2/56.7/44.5

37.2/57.5/42.6

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.8/54.3/39.2

36.7/56.7/34.2

37.5/56.1/35.1

36.7/55.4/34.5

The car’s high center console provides good overall visibility and the 10-way adjustable seats ensure that the drivers of all sizes and types are able to find their sweet-spot. The surfaces inside the Lexus ES 350 depict the detailing found inside a typical Lexus with tight panel gaps and detailed stitching. 

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Lexus ES 350 employs the Lexus multimedia system to fulfill the infotainment duties which beams all the information on an 8.0-inch display which is standard across all ES 350 models. The screen size can be increased for some extra bucks though. The screen presents you with crisp graphics that have clear visibility under bright conditions.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Infotainment Screen
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 8.0-inch display which is standard across

However, it’s not the screen of the ES 350 that needs updates. The primary method of interacting with the infotainment panel is via a touchpad controller, which requires you to divert all of your attention towards it to perform even the smallest of functions. 

  • Bluetooth
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Lexus 10-speaker premium sound system
  • Satellite Radio
  • Navigation
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Wireless charger
  • AUX input and USB ports
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto 
  • Dynamic voice command
  • Lexus Enform Wi-Fi

What about utility?

The Lexus ES 350 offers a generous amount of cargo volume with 16.7 cubic feet of space beneath its trunk. The trunk can fit in most of the luggage for your family weekend getaway while at the same time hold the golf clubs for you. 

However, the one side that the Lexus ES 350 has is that the rear seats are just too resolute to fold down. The seats cannot be folded down thus stowing longer items becomes a problem.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

16.7

14.3

13.2

14.3

The Lexus ES 350 offers the best-in-class cargo volume of 16.7 cubic feet. The Nissan Maxima and the Acura TLX rake in the second slot with both the rides offering a decent 14.3 cubic feet of space. The Nissan Maxima, however, lags in this aspect with just 14.3 cubic feet of cargo space available. 

Creature comforts on offer in the

A luxury sedan by name, the Lexus ES 350 truly performs like one too. The car hosts a wide array of comfort features that make every ride a truly serene and sedated one. Some of the most noteworthy of these features are: 

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Driver’s seat power cushion extender
  • 14-way power driver’s seat
  • Automatic dual-zone front air conditioning
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Lexus Memory System 
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls, distance pacingl
  • Power glass tilting and sliding sunroof
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Dashboard
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Dashboard
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear Seats
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Rear Seats

2020 Lexus ES 350 Exterior

Rolling over a set of 17-inches adorned with split-10 spoke alloy wheels, the Lexus ES 350 accompanies a dazzling exterior with the riveting smooth design over the outline of the 195" long car. From the front the ES 350 looks tasteful and classy, with the iconic hourglass-shape spindled-grille dominating the front bumper.

2020 Lexus ES350 Sedan Front View
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 accompanies a dazzling exterior with the riveting smooth design over the outline of the 195" long car

The ride gets an inclining roofline that elegantly droops making the ES 350 look more like an ultimate luxury sedan. The rear end is adorned with L-shaped taillights, the contemporary and straight design is polished and now looks more upmarket from the past structures of the vehicle.

Model

Lexus ES 350

Nissan Maxima

Infiniti Q50

Acura TLX

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3649

3552

3685

3616

Length (in.)

195.9

192.8

189.6

191.7

Width (in.)

73.4

73.2

71.8

73.0

Height (in.)

56.9

56.5

57.2

57.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.3

5.0

5.8

Wheelbase (in.)

113.0

115

112.2

109.3

Track Width (in.) F/R

63.0/63.4

62.4/62.4

60.8/61.6

62.8/63.1

The Lexus ES 350 has the ideal dimensions for a luxury sedan. The ride is one of the heaviest offerings of the sgement, and also the longest and the widest. The ride’s height and long wheelbase lend it an absolute charmer vibe that makes heads turn. 

What are those eye catching features?

The ES 350 is as tantalizing as any luxury sedan can get. The ride is an absolutely handsome car and has the signature Lexus elements playing a major role in its design and character. Some of the most prominent exterior features of the Lexus ES 350 are: 

  • Chrome front bumper insert
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Black w/chrome surround grille
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Brembo Callipers
  • Swoosh styled Indicators
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Front Headlight
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Front Headlight
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Badge
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Badge
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Side View
2020 Lexus ES 350 Sedan Side View

2020 Lexus ES 350 Safety

9.0/10

The Lexus ES 350 comes with a horde of safety features. While some of these features come standard, there are optional packages that you can invest in to further up the equipment on offer. Some of the standard safety features include:

  • 10 airbags
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Lexus Safety System+ forward collision mitigation
  • Electronic stability
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Driveline traction control

2020 Lexus ES 350 Competition

Lexus ES 350 vs. Nissan Maxima

Priced at $34,240, the Nissan Maxima is one of the most reasonable offerings of the segment. The ride houses a 3,5L V6 which can generate a punchy 300 hp along with 261 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Nissan Maxima is equitably faster than the Lexus ES 350 and can complete the 0-60 dash in 5.7 seconds as compared to the ES 350s 6.1 seconds. However, what the Maxima lacks is the luxury and the drama associated with the Lexus. 

2020 Nissan Maxima Sedan
2020 Nissan Maxima Sedan

Lexus ES 350 vs. Acura TLX 

Seems like the Japanese roots have been making a desperate effort of reviving the luxury-sedan market in the States. The Acura TLX, which is the cheapest offering of the segment and presents a tough fight to the ES 350. though, the Acura TLX falls short in some places as compared to the Lexus ES 350. Triumphing in terms of performance, interior space, overall opulence, and quality, the ES 350 takes the top spot here.

2020 Acura TLX Sedan
2020 Acura TLX Sedan

 

2020 Lexus ES 350 Final Verdict

ES 350 has consistently stood as a recognized contender in the passage level extravagance car market. The all-new 2020 Lexus ES has an aggressive new look, improved execution and a new attitude altogether. However, the vehicle proceeds with its notoriety of being muffled, pleasurable and reliable. The intrigue of the seventh-age ES reaches out past its looks and the luxury that this car possesses. There are more than enough positive credits to make it worth considering over the contenders.