Hoverboards and V-8-powered sports coupes aside, Lexus still rests much of its business on bread-and-butter products like the ES sedan. A freshening for the 2016 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid keeps this midsize luxury sedan up to date with a revised front end, new safety features, and a few equipment differences.
The 2016 ES sedan’s new face doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as we already saw the revised sedan’s more aggressive grille when the Chinese-market ES debuted earlier this year. The familiar Lexus spindle grille flanked by sharply creased LED headlights dominates the front end, and the lower front fascia has new chrome trim elements and fog lights that give the car a different stance. The rear end is revised, too, with L-shaped taillight accents and reshaped exhaust outlets. Both ES 300h and ES 350 versions come with new wheel designs and exterior colors.
From a technology perspective, the 2016 Lexus ES adopts the new optional Lexus Safety System+ package that debuted on the 2016 Lexus RX. This package bundles together pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control into a lower-cost option group. Rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot monitor are also available as options. On the RX, the Safety System+ package costs only $650, so expect similar pricing for the ES sedan’s safety options.
The 2016 Lexus ES also has a few interior upgrades, including revised wood and piano black finishes, depending on upholstery and trim choices. A bit of equipment reshuffling means that equipment like the Mark Levinson sound system and the panoramic sunroof can be bundled with all available option packages. The Enform smartphone connectivity system also has enhanced app support and connectivity functions.
There aren’t any changes under the hood, as the 2016 Lexus ES 350 has the same 3.5-liter, 268-hp V-6 mated with a six-speed automatic, and the ES 300h hybrid continues on with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor combination that gets 40 mpg combined.
Don’t expect pricing for the 2016 Lexus ES to change much from the current car’s starting price, which stands at $38,625 with destination for the ES 350 and $41,505 for the ES 300h. Stay tuned to hear more information about the revised ES as we approach its on-sale date later this year.