2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan

2020 MODEL
$44,635
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2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 15, 2020
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The Lexus ES 350 is the Japanese perspective of luxury wrapped in a bundle of joy. The ES 350 offers unmatched luxury with smooth ride quality and great driving dynamics. It can bring a smile on the faces of some toughest souls out there with its opulence quotient. However, will the ES 350 be able to satisfy the lust of performance-knacks? Well, the auto-marquee has just the right option for the performance-crazy pals - the Lexus ES 350 F Sport.

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Pros

Great driving dynamics

Luxurious cabin with sporty design touches

Authoritative acceleration

Cons

Complex infotainment setup

No AWD option

What's New?

The Lexus ES 350 F sport remains unchanged for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44635

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 shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12-Dec

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

7.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/33/26 mpg

highway range

524.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Interior
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Styles

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Ultra White color 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Sunlit Green color 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Obsidian color 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Caviar color 2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan in Matador Red Mica color
Ultra White

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.2

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Base

Base

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

$44,635


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,635 MSRP (22/26/33) 302 hp @ 6600 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The F Sport is a trim of the Lexus 350 that magnifies the ride’s performance capabilities by the infusion of greater aerodynamics, and certain styling tweaks. There are absolutely no changes in the powerhouse of an ES 350 and an ES 350 F Sport, but the F Sport trim excels at the performance front, accrediting to a retuned suspension, bigger air ducts, a rear spoiler, and several other cosmetic and mechanical changes.

The Lexus ES 350 houses a 3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6 that generates 302 horses and 267 lb.-ft. Of torque. With a starting price of $44,635, the Lexus ES 350 finds itself in a pit with some other popular sport-sedans of the States. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport goes against names such as the Toyota Avalon TRD, Alfa Rome Giulia, and the Cadillac XTS.

Now, the question remains - will the Lexus ES 350 F Sport be able to sail out of this pit where such heavy-weight crocs reside? Let’s find out...

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

6.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

8.2/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Features

6.0/10

The ES 350 F Sport is in itself a trim of the Lexus ES 350. The ES 350 is a mid-size luxury sedan on offer from the house of Lexus, and the F Sport trim adds a flavor of sportiness to this ride.

Trim

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$44,635

Key Features

F Sport exterior styling

 

Exclusive F sport interior

 

Lexus Memory System

 

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Lateral performance dampers

 

F Sport-tuned suspension

 

F Sport bolstered heated and ventilated seats

We recommend:

Since the ES 350 F Sport is itself a trim, there is no real scope of getting choosy here. However, there are a number of packages on offer, and we recommend you to go for the ES 350 F Sport with the Navigation package on-board.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Behind that spindle grille of the Lexus ES 350 F Sport, what sits is a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine that can generate a punchy 302 hp and 267 lb.-ft. Of spinning force. The Lexus ES 350’s V6 is rev-happy and provides a liner flow of force throughout the rev-range. The engine accelerates authoritatively and remains solid throughout its rev-range.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Has a 3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6 Engine

The power delivering duties on the ES 350 F Sport are accomplished via an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers all the force generated under that elliptical, long hood to the rear-wheels with ease. The transmission arrangement is responsive and delivers power as and when you hit that pedal.

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

MSRP

$44,635

$ 42,300

$46,795

$40,745

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD RWD

Transmission

8 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

6 Speed A/T

8 Speed A/T

Power (hp @ rpm)

302@6,600

301@6,600

304@6,800

280@5,200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

267@4,700

267@4,700

264@5,300

306@2,000

* Used for MY 2019 for reference purposes

Most of the offerings of this segment generate similar power figures, with 3 of them ranging above 300 ponies. The Cadillac XTS leads the power figure comparison with 304 ponies being generated under its hood. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport and the Toyota Avalon TRD make a close chase with 302 and 301 hp respectively. The Alfa Romeo Giulia ranks last with 280 ponies.

How fast is the Lexus ES 350 F Sport?

The 3.5L V6 engine, fitted inside the Lexus ES 350 F Sport generates 302 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. Of torque. These figures are capable enough of propelling the ride from 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. The acceleration is punchy, yet smooth and the V6 has a strong grunt throughout the rev range.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport 0-60 MPH In just 5.9 sec

The 8-speed transmission of the ES 350 with a wider ratio spread for both better acceleration and improved efficiency. The car can cover the quarter of a mile distance in just 14.4 seconds at a speed of 101mph.

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

0-60 MPH

5.9

5.9

6.9

5.5

Quarter Mile

14.4

14.4

15.4

14.1

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 130 130 N/A

Engine

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

N/A N/A N/A N/A

The F Sport presents us with respectable off the mark figures and all the other rides of the segment exhibit a similar level of skill. The figures of the Toyota Avalon are exactly the same as the ES 350. The Alfa Romeo Giulia though comes out as the fastest ride of the segment, going from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds. The Cadillac XTS comes out as the slowest car, owing to its hefty weight.

What about the braking performance of the Lexus ES 350 F Sport?

The 2020 EX 350 F-sport is equipped with Four-wheel power-assisted discs with four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The ride places a 12-inch brake rotor on its front wheels and 11.1-inchers at the back wheels.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Front Brake is 12 in.

These rotors can bring the Lexus ES 350 F Sport down from 60-0 mph in a distance of just 114 feet. Though the stopping distance is great for a car of this dimension, there is a hint of a nosedive under Panic braking conditions.

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

12

12.9

13.6

13

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

11.1

11.6

12.4

12.5

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3649

3638

4021

3521

60-0 MPH (ft)

114

N/A

118

124

The Lexus ES 350 presents us with the best in class braking performance. The ride comes down from 60-0 in a distance of just 114 mph. The Cadillac XTS doesn’t disappoint us either and decelerates agreeably.

What about its driving dynamics?

The Lexus ES 350 is a mid-level luxury sedan and truly drives like one. However, the addition of the F Sport badge adds a punch of sportiness to this ride’s driving dynamics. The V6 engine delivers power on demand and makes for a quick and smooth response from the throttle pedal. The sound emitted from the powerhouse is alluring and sounds really good as you dig into it.

The main difference that comes in play between a regular Lexus ES 350 and an F Sport-badged ES 350 is of the suspension tuning. On one hand, where the regular suspension is fond of providing luxury to its occupants, the F Sport is inclined towards sport rather than comfort. The suspension arrangement of the ES 350 F Sport is rightly settled at a firmness, that can make you go lightning quick around some mountain corners, but will also not make you or your family feel rattled on a long trip.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Front View

The ES 350 F Sport rolls on 19-inch alloys that further enhance the ride’s smoothness, and absorbs most of the bumps and breaks without transmitting the after-effects to the cabin. The ES 350 F Sport offers 4 driving modes that go by the names- Eco, Sport S, Normal, and Custom.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport can go a distance of 22 city miles or 31 expressway miles on a single gallon, thus summing the combined figure to somewhere around 25 miles per gallon.

The figures seem respectable for a ride that houses a V6 for the power-mill and generates more than 300 ponies.

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport, also gets a cavernous fuel tank that further enhances the ride’s distance covering capabilities. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport has a 15.9-gallon fuel tank and has a city/highway range of 349.8/492.9

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

MPG (City)

22

22

19

24

MPG (Highway)

31

32

28

33

MPG (Combined)

25

26

22

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

15.8

18.6

15.3

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

349/492/397

347/521/410

353/520/409

367/505/413

All the offerings of this segment offer you a similar fuel-efficiency, with combined mpg figures ranging from 22 to 27. The Alfa Rome Giulia is the best pal of your pocket, giving you the optimum fuel-efficiency, and the Cadillac XTS ranks last with 22 mpg.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Interior

8.0/10

The cabin of the Lexus ES 350 F Sport demonstrates the ideal interior of a car that offers you luxury, with a pinch of sportiness. The basic cabin difference between the Lexus ES 350 and the Lexus ES 350 F sport is that the F Sport trim offers heated and ventilated sports seats with enhanced bolsters.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Front Seats

Moreover, the F Sport trim also gets some exclusive interior elements such as sport paddles, leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed shift knob. The ES 350 F Sport gets ample leather touches and detailed red stitching that enhances the ride’s appeal in a sporty way.

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.5/55.9/42.4

37.4/58.3/42.1

39.0/57.9/42.1

38.6/56.1/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/54.3/39.2

37.5/57.1/40.3

37.8/56.3/40.0

37.6/53.6/35.1

The inside is open and won't feel clogged to the front or the back seat travelers. There's adequate space in all directions, making the occupants feel comfortable consistently. The seats are agreeable, firm, and supportive al all times.

The side bolstering of the F Sport is structured in such a manner, that the seats hold you in place as you conquer those corners in speed, without making the process of getting in/out of the vehicle troublesome. The back seats also are every bit pleasing and have a wide, and deep orientation which makes it a cozy spot to be in, even for extended traveling periods.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport hosts the Lexus Multimedia System to fulfill its infotainment needs. The setup projects all the information on a 12.3-inch display. The screen presents you with crisp graphics that have clear visibility under bright conditions. However, it’s not the screen of the ES 350 that needs updates. The primary way of interacting with the Lexus Multimedia System is via a touchpad controller, which can be cumbersome at times to use. Fortunately, many of the navigation, phone, media, and climate controls can be handled via voice commands.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Has a 12.3-inch Infotainment display.

Some of the most noteworthy infotainment features of the Lexus ES 350 are:

  • 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 F Sport offers a cavernous trunk that can store most of the luggage for your family getaways. At 16.7 cubic feet strong, the Lexus ES 350 offers a generous amount of cargo volume. However, where the problem begins is that the rear seats are a bit too esteemed to fold down, thus hampering the utility and creating a problem is storing longer items.

The cabin of the ES 350 F Sport, however, lags behind in terms of storage space. For such a roomy cabin, the ride offers a minimal amount of storage space.

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.7

16.09

18.0

12.0

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport’s cargo volume may seem great when seen in solidarity but starts looking just average when placed against the competitors. The Cadillac XTS offers the greatest amount of cargo volume in this comparison, followed up by the Toyota Avalon, and the Lexus ES 350 F Sport. The Alfa Romeo Giulia offers the least cargo space.

Creature comforts on offer in the Lexus ES 350 F Sport

The ES 350 has been in the luxury-sedan market for quite a while now and offers some features that actually make the car plush and luxe. However, in the case of the ES 350 F Sport, this luxury is offered with a hint of sportiness. Some of the most convincing convenience features of the ES 350 F Sport are:

  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Lexus Enform with Safety Connect
  • 3 driver memory seat settings (includes door mirrors, steering wheel)
  • 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 pacing
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Interior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Interior
2020 lexus es 350 f sport front seat
2020 lexus es 350 f sport front seat
2020 lexus es 350 f sport
2020 lexus es 350 f sport
2020 lexus es 350 f sport steering
2020 lexus es 350 f sport steering
2020 lexus es 350 f sport center console
2020 lexus es 350 f sport center console
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lexus es 350 f sport interior

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Exterior

7.0/10

The Lexus ES 350 is an alluring luxury-sedan that looks a total smasher. However, the Lexus ES 350 F Sport, further scrubs out the somewhat bland elements of the ride. There are no such styling differences between the ES 350 and the ES 350 F Sport, but one major difference that comes into play is that the F Sport gets full-faced black mesh grille that houses bigger cooling ducts. Moreover, the F Sport trim also gets exclusive 19-inch split 10-spoke alloy wheels to roll upon and a rear spoiler to enhance the aerodynamic capabilities of the ride.

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Side View

Models

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Toyota Avalon TRD

Cadillac XTS*

Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti*

Curb Weight (lbs)

3649

3638

4021

3521

Length (in)

195.9

195.9

200.9

182.5

Width (in)

73.4

72.8

72.9

73.7

Height (in)

56.9

55.9

59.4

57.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.5*

5.3

7.8

5.7*

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

113.0

111.7

111.0

The Lexus ES 350 has the ideal dimensions for a ride that strives in the mid-size luxury sedan segment and is one of the longest and widest rides on offer in this segment. The F-sport elements and dynamics, add a hint of sportiness to the rude, thus amplifying its appeal.

What are those eye-catching features?

The ES 350 F Sport is as tempting as any extravagance car can get. The ride is a totally attractive vehicle and has the signature Lexus components playing a significant job in its design and character. Some of the most prominent exterior features of the ride are:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome front bumper insert
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Fully galvanized steel body material
  • 19" alloy wheels
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Brembo Callipers
  • Swoosh styled Indicators
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior
2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Exterior

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Safety

9.9/10

The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is accompanied by an array of safety highlights. While a portion of these highlights come standard, there are discretionary packages that you can employ on your Lexus to add up to the safety features on offer. Some of the standard safety features on offer are:

  • 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
  • ABS and driveline traction control

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Competition

8.0/10

Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs. Toyota Avalon TRD

The Toyota Avalon TRD is the principal rival of the ES 350 F sport. Both the rides house a similar 3.5 L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine, that generates almost equivalent power figures in both the rides. The ES 350 F Sport and the Toyota Avalon TRd also perform similarly with a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds for both the rides. However, the Lexus is a notch above the Avalon in terms of interior comfort and styling, and also in pricing.

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

Lexus ES 350 F Sport vs. Cadillac XTS

The Lexus ES 350 receives a major competition from the native brand in the form of Cadillac XTS. Priced at $46,795 the Cadillac XTS is the priciest offering of this segment and houses a 3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6, that generates the highest power figures in this comparison. However, the Cadillac XTS, unlike all the other contenders, is a full-fledged luxurious sedan, that compromises performance for the sake of comfort. The XTS is the biggest and the heaviest ride that accounts for a smooth, and untiring ride.

2020 Cadillac XTS

 

2020 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Sedan Final Verdict

8.2/10

ES 350 has consistently stood as a recognized contender in the passage level extravagance car market. However, the addition of the F-Sport badge on the ride infuses a flavor of sportiness to an otherwise full-fledged luxury vehicle. The ES 350 F Sport is no sport sedan, but you can have your fair share of fun with it. The F Sport offers an ideal blend of handling and performance, without the slightest compromise on comfort, and is worth every buck you spend on it.