The Lexus ES 350 is one of the company’s bestselling vehicles. It received a partial update in 2010 and the styling carries over to 2011. Some of the updates that came along with the 2010 refresh were new bumper and grill, along with new lights all around.
The 2011 ES 350 is motivated by a 268 HP 3.5 liter v-6. Torque stands at 248 ft-lbs. These numbers are down slightly from last year’s model of the same vehicle, but with the ever volatile fuel prices, it was deemed prudent to trade 3 or 4 hp for the ability to run on regular unleaded gas. Last year’s model required premium. Power is still transferred to the ground through a 6 speed automatic transmission and sits on 17 inch rims with two style choices available.
The ES 350 features many of what were previously options that are now offered as standard equipment. Side mirrors now have integrated turn signals. Leather seating with driver seat memory, rear side airbags, and a radio offering USB and XM radio.
This model has also been updated after the Toyota floor mat recall.
Body styles: Sedan
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: ES 350
After a mild refresh added new styling cues for 2010, not too much changes for 2011. The 3.5-liter V-6 returns, now with six fewer horsepower (now 268) and six fewer pound-feet of torque (now 248). However, Lexus has changed the recommended fuel from premium to regular. The other changes: leather interior trim is now standard, and Deep Sea Mica replaces Black Sapphire Pearl.
When it comes to looks and foundation, this is the luxury version of the Camry (although the Avalon is also a Camry in a tux). They share the same 109.3-inch wheelbase, but styling changes differentiate the two. The ES comes with a choice of 17-inch wheels.
For 2011, leather interior trim is standard on the ES. Last year’s changes carry over, too: new steering wheel buttons, contrast stitching, a new cover on the center console, new nav software, and new Bluetooth audio and phone features.
Lexus estimates that the 2011 ES will scoot from 0-to-60 in roughly 7.0 seconds, a couple of ticks slower than the 2010 model. Other than that, the ES line isn’t designed to be a canyon-carver; this is more about a luxury car that provides a smooth ride, and it does. Suspension is soft and compliant.
Dual front, dual front knee, front and rear side curtain, and front and rear side airbags (10 total) are standard on the ES; so are stability control, traction control, four-wheel discs with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution.
19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
- Plenty of standard features
- Smooth ride
- Quiet interior
- Large trunk
- Soft suspension
- Non-sporty drive
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