Lexus ES: Sixth Generation

Review Roundup: The 2019 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h

Lexus ES 350 2019

The first reviews of the seventh-generation 2019 Lexus ES sedan are popping up around the Internet — yesteday, I posted an extensive technical overview of the new model, but let’s see some more subjective opinions of the new model.


From the CNET review by Chris Paukert:

None of those metrics really tell you how the new ES feels while generating those numbers, however, but the answer is “pretty darn good.” Lexus makes a big deal about how much sportier this new XV70 generation is to drive than before, and indeed, it breeds driver confidence like no ES before it. That’s particularly true of the F Sport, which not only adds visual drama with a blacked-out mesh grille, unique lower fascias, model-specific wheels, rear spoiler and dark-finish taillights, it also nudges the dynamic quotient upward.

Chiefly, that’s because the ES 350 F Sport is available with Adaptive Variable Suspension derived from the system on the LC Coupe. Lexus says the system features no fewer than 650 individual levels of damping, which helps keep the car level, whether it’s being pitched hard into a corner or negotiating a suburban speed bump. However, the standard ES with its novel new “swing-valve” passive shocks works well, too.


Lexus ES F SPORT

More praise for the ES F SPORT from Tony Swan of Car & Driver:

Although its powertrain is the same as that of the standard ES350, the F Sport feels much more the athlete, thanks primarily to suspension tuning, highlighted by adaptive dampers. Developed by KYB, the new Adaptive Variable Suspension employs damping that responds rapidly to changing road-surface conditions based on multiple presets, and it’s most noticeable in the Sport and Sport+ driving modes. The action is an adaptation of conventional shock technology, with a new internal valving system.

The upshot is an ES sedan with level cornering attitudes, eager responses, and precise, tactile steering, all of which is augmented by 19-inch wheels fitted with available summer performance tires. It adds up to the first ES that can claim to be a sports sedan with somewhat of a straight face.


Will Kaufman of Edmunds is more critical of the ES F SPORT driving experience:

Turn-in is sharp, and the car doesn’t feel front-heavy when you pitch it into a turn. It grips impressively, cornering flat and giving the driver more confidence than seems proper in a Lexus ES. In fact, the F Sport doesn’t remind you it’s a front-wheel-drive car until you get on the gas.

Without a locking front differential, there’s some torque steer under acceleration, and the front tires struggle a bit for grip coming out of a corner. Further, the eight-speed automatic has not be sufficiently retuned from the regular car, and even in Sport+ it’s too quick to upshift. Lift off the gas pedal in a turn and the car has to downshift again when you’re ready for some acceleration.


Lexus ES 300h

Jake Lingeman from Autoweek prefers the ES 300h hybrid over the gas-powered models:

I jump in the hybrid next and, like the new Porsche Panamera, this might be the one to buy. Though it only has 215 hp, off-the-line speed is good with help from the electrics and on the road it’s library quiet. The engine kick-on is almost imperceptible, except when you’re flooring it, which means the 2.5-liter four revs near redline with the CVT adjusting the ratios. That sends a little snarl and vibration into the cabin. At cruising speed though, you could whisper to your passenger next you without a problem.


Alisa Priddle of Motor Trend calls the ES a “joy to drive”:

There is no bad choice. All performed well at absorbing bumps, big and small, and the adjustable dampers kept the car steady even in harder cornering. We were pleased that the F Sport did not share the stiff and rigid ride we’ve experienced with some F Sports in the past. Maybe the marriage of ES comfort and F Sport does find a sweet spot.

The electric power steering, now mounted on the steering rack, was a joy to drive. It was responsive without being too heavy or flighty.

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Tomorrow, journalists from around the world will publish their first-drive reviews of the 2019 Lexus ES sedan. Tonight, you can read my full technical review of the new model as a primer.

My personal review will be coming next week, as this article took a very long time to write. :skull:
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Rear space looks to be so great. If you want comfort and high tech without losing reliability - amazing how Lexus manages that - the new ES looks like the best value proposition, the ES 300h is a no brainer. If you want sport, it will always be a compromise.
Rear space looks to be so great. If you want comfort and high tech without losing reliability - amazing how Lexus manages that - the new ES looks like the best value proposition, the ES 300h is a no brainer. If you want sport, it will always be a compromise.
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Bro! Thank you so much for the in-depth post of the ES + its features/packages. I was curious about it for some time.

I do want to say though - I was expecting more features from the 2019 ES. Maybe I'm just greedy. :cool:

I predict the Non F-Sport models will be the best sellers. The F-Sport model just seem to be a dress up rather than anything.
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Bro! Thank you so much for the in-depth post of the ES + its features/packages. I was curious about it for some time.

I do want to say though - I was expecting more features from the 2019 ES. Maybe I'm just greedy. :cool:

I predict the Non F-Sport models will be the best sellers. The F-Sport model just seem to be a dress up rather than anything.
Interesting.... there are pictures/video clips with the hybrid variant having an f-sport badge, yet a hybrid f-sport model isn't going to be available (at least for the NA market). :(

Krew, was a preorder process discussed at all?

I plan to test drive f-sport and hybrid variants. I just want to be sure I am driving in the ultra luxury topaz shimamoku trim on the first day it's available LOL.
Interesting.... there are pictures/video clips with the hybrid variant having an f-sport badge, yet a hybrid f-sport model isn't going to be available (at least for the NA market). :(

Krew, was a preorder process discussed at all?

I plan to test drive f-sport and hybrid variants. I just want to be sure I am driving in the ultra luxury topaz shimamoku trim on the first day it's available LOL.
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Neezy216
Interesting.... there are pictures/video clips with the hybrid variant having an f-sport badge, yet a hybrid f-sport model isn't going to be available (at least for the NA market). :(

Krew, was a preorder process discussed at all?

I plan to test drive f-sport and hybrid variants. I just want to be sure I am driving in the ultra luxury topaz shimamoku trim on the first day it's available LOL.
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
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Neezy216
Interesting.... there are pictures/video clips with the hybrid variant having an f-sport badge, yet a hybrid f-sport model isn't going to be available (at least for the NA market). :(

Krew, was a preorder process discussed at all?

I plan to test drive f-sport and hybrid variants. I just want to be sure I am driving in the ultra luxury topaz shimamoku trim on the first day it's available LOL.
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
Sakura
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
In Europe hybrids have F-Sport version, and are probably best sellers.
Sakura
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
In Europe hybrids have F-Sport version, and are probably best sellers.
Levi
In Europe hybrids have F-Sport version, and are probably best sellers.
Of course, we won't get any other models but hybrid anyway
Levi
In Europe hybrids have F-Sport version, and are probably best sellers.
Of course, we won't get any other models but hybrid anyway
Reviews are kicking in and they are great!

Reviews are kicking in and they are great!

This British reviewer has confused people since he thinks the ES is an E Class competitor, which it isn't and the source of all the complaints about flimsy and plasticky touch inside the car (to me the ES is better than the C class or 3 Series in terms of quality levels). In the European market, the ES doesn't have a direct competitor per se, as it is way longer than the C Class or 3 Series but comes at a relatively similar price. With this offering, the Lexus entry level sedan line up has two distinct categories, one for sporty, smaller and RWD (Lexus IS) and then the more comfy, roomier, larger Lexus ES.

This British reviewer has confused people since he thinks the ES is an E Class competitor, which it isn't and the source of all the complaints about flimsy and plasticky touch inside the car (to me the ES is better than the C class or 3 Series in terms of quality levels). In the European market, the ES doesn't have a direct competitor per se, as it is way longer than the C Class or 3 Series but comes at a relatively similar price. With this offering, the Lexus entry level sedan line up has two distinct categories, one for sporty, smaller and RWD (Lexus IS) and then the more comfy, roomier, larger Lexus ES.

Sakura
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
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VOILA lol...Notice F-sport and hybrid badges, and blue outline of L emblem...



There are other pics/videos floating around as well. Feel like NA got duped a little :(

At least the LS 500h is available with an F-sport trim
Sakura
There were? I didn't notice any.

I don't think there is any F-Sport Hybrid model in any market. F-Sport is pretty exclusive to just gas.
View attachment 2878

VOILA lol...Notice F-sport and hybrid badges, and blue outline of L emblem...



There are other pics/videos floating around as well. Feel like NA got duped a little :(

At least the LS 500h is available with an F-sport trim
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is it a spare or a run flat?
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is it a spare or a run flat?
Bryan
is it a spare or a run flat?
It's a spare! Thank God

Saw it myself :)

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