2013 Lexus ES350 Review

By on October 20, 2012
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Smooth, in every way.

Good: Smooth performance in power delivery and ride comfort; Well finished and very quiet interior; Generously spacious; Great exterior styling.
Bad: Too much emphasis on comfort results in a detached feeling while driving.
Price: AED 220,000 (full options)/ AED 155,000 (starting for ES250)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Lexus ES series has been the go to car for people around region who want a relatively pocketable combination of luxury, comfort and performance. While a lot of times good looks aren’t necessarily part of the package (like the 2001-2003 model), sometimes you do get lucky (as was the case with the previous generation).

The 2013 model starts off a new generation of the ES series, as was the case with the new Camry that we reviewed recently. Obviously the ES series used to be based on the Camry itself, but starting the 2013 models the new ES will share the same platform as the Toyota Avalon instead, the latest model of which hasn’t been released in our region yet.

As with the new Camry, the new ES looks rather aggressive from the front, with the front grill extending out from the nose which sweeps down to a wide base that looks like a highly angled hourglass. The angled lights have a very sharp edged daylight running LEDs at the bottom.

From the side the new ES isn’t remarkable in any way, especially given that the 17-inch rims and matching rubber doesn’t fill the wheel arches. The upside to this is obviously the floaty ride, but more on that later.

The rear of the new ES looks remarkably well made, with perfectly angles cuts around the tail-lamps and the sweeping bumper with the thin lip at the bottom. Seen from the rear 3/4ths the new ES looks beautiful, a far cry from previous generation ES series, which basically had design elements carried over heavily from the Camry.

It’s interesting to see, however, that Lexus is also following the worldwide trend of automakers and coming up with designs where mot of their cars share similar fascias and general body shapes. Certainly we’ve seen this with VW (Polo, Phaeton, Passat) and Infinity (G, M, JX, QX) to name but a few. And as Lexus is slowly phasing out the previous generation (IS and LS to follow soon) he new generation of the GS and Es look surprisingly similar, at least from the front.

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