Essentially unchanged for 2009, except for a new "matador red mica" paint color, the Lexus ES 350 is an entry-level, 4-door luxury sedan that can accommodate up to 5 passengers. It is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that commands 272 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy and 22 mpg combined. Lexus ES 350 safety features offer standard antilock disc brakes, stability control and a complete set of airbags, including dual front knee, front-seat side and full-length side curtain. Optional safety features are rear-seat side airbags and a pre-collision system that uses the optional adaptive cruise control system to sense whether a collision is imminent and then automatically tightens seatbelts and applies full-power braking power when the driver presses the pedal. In government crash tests, the ES 350 scored five stars in the frontal-impact category for both driver and passenger, as well as in side-impact tests for front occupants.Read more Read less
The luxurious, comfort-oriented Lexus ES 350 is essentially unchanged for 2009. Base prices rose a bit. The 2009 ES 350 starts priced at $34,320.
Quiet, luxuriant interior; luxury and technology features; Seamless power delivery and fuel economy.
With more than 100 onboard sensors to monitor the slightest change in the vehicle's path, the 2009 Lexus ES 350 is as intuitive as it is comfortable to drive. It also offers more interior room and safety features, and boasts a lower price tag, than most other vehicles in its class. Unlike its GS and IS stablemates that have a distinct performance focus, the front-wheel-drive ES emphasizes top luxury and technology. The car shares its platform and some of its components with the best-selling Toyota Camry but has enough styling differences and upgraded equipment to earn it a spot in the luxury class.