Lexus ES Models and ES History
New and Used ES Prices, Lexus ES Model Years and History
One of two original Lexus models, the ES lettering was established for the entry-level sedan for 1990. Classified as a mid-sized four-door, the Lexus ES included refinements such as leather seating and standard anti-lock braking system. Introduced as the ES 250 with a 2.5-liter V-6 engine, a larger, 185-horsepower powerplant resulted in replacement by the ES 300. During 1996, 1999 and 2001, Lexus and luxury accessory company Coach teamed-up for a special edition ES 300 that received unique interior trim details as well as a matched set of luggage. In 1997, the Lexus ES 300 entered its second generation with a 200-horsepower engine, greater rear leg room along with standard dual front airbags and anti-lock braking system. Major modernization of the look and performance for the Lexus ES has occurred in 1997, 2003 and 2007. An enlarged 3.3-liter powerplant created the ES 330 in 2004 while the 2007 redesign became the ES 350 with a 272-horsepower 3.5-liter engine. Between introduction and 2012 model year, the Lexus ES retained V-6 engines as the sedan's sole powerplant. That changed in 2013 when a new generation ES's updated design included a hybrid model. The Lexus ES 300h combined a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor capable of fuel economy rated at 40 miles per gallon in city driving. Both the ES 350 and ES 300h were shaped with sleeker sheet metal as well as included amenities such as dual-zone climate control. A massively updated Lexus ES is scheduled for release in 2018.