The Lexus ES350 comes with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 that produces 272hp @ 6,200RPM and 346Nm torque @ 4,700RPM. That’s a fair bit of power in a car that weighs 2.1-tons.
As I mentioned above, the Lexus ES350 has one of the most comfortable interiors of any sedans, undoubtedly one of the best in its class. Understandably the car is more catered towards comfort rather than having a great driving experience. Unless your idea of having a great driving experienc is cruising down the highway in a very contained environment, in which case the ES350 is perfect.
Road noise is pretty much non-existent under 120 kmph, while above that it just a background buzz. Its nice to hear the engine every once in a while when you feel like pushing it, indeed the rev-happy V6 sounds generously ported through the cabin where you can appreciate the grunt being put into moving such a heavy car in such a short time.
There honestly isn’t anything great about the way the ES350 handles, except that everything from the power delivery along the RPM range to the gear shifts is smooth. Even when you’re in heavy traffic and need to feather the accelerator the ES350 will never have the sudden lurch forward, nor will it abruptly slow down if you take your foot off the accelerator. Comfort, at the end of the day, is the name of the game.
When it comes to overall luxury in such a large and decently good-looking package in a price that’s still reasonable, the Lexus ES350 has very few rivals. And going by how well the trend of comfort and safety continues in the sixth generation of the ES series, there’s little doubt that Lexus has yet another best-seller on their hands.