No, this isn't billed as a sport sedan (want one? Lexus will be glad to sell you an IS), but the ES is almost as comfortable a cruiser as the company's flagship LS. The suspension tuning is supple but never flaccid, the cabin is remarkably well insulated, and the seats -- especially when trimmed in this upgraded leather -- are as stylish and posh as an Eames chaise.
If noise, vibration, and harshness are the three primary factors that help you decide your next vehicular purchase, then it is truly hard to trump the stunningly smooth ES350. That said, I'm not so sure silent and soft is necessarily enough to win the battle in today's premium midsize segment. Drivers looking for a cruise ship that occasionally sparkles when presented with a twisty back road should look elsewhere; competitors -- amazingly, even Buick, with its new LaCrosse -- can mix sharper steering and suspension tuning without sacrificing much of the ES sedan's hallmarks.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer