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2010 Lexus ES Introduction

The Lexus ES 350 delivers exactly what you would expect of a Lexus: It’s smooth, quiet, sophisticated, competent, and comfortable. It doesn’t have the firm ride or quick responses of a German sports sedan, so you can safely sip a cappuccino on the way to work. The ride is smooth and even, the engine is velvety and powerful, the six-speed automatic transmission is flawless, the comfort is supreme, the trip is quiet, everything works the way it’s supposed to, the total experience is superb.

The ES 350 is quick and responsive, benefitting from a silky V6 engine that makes 272 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Lexus says the ES 350 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, a solid performance. Yet the ES 350 is also certified to the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) standard.

2010 brings significant changes inside and out.

The 2010 Lexus ES features new front-end styling, with revised headlamps, a new grille and grille surround, chrome body-side molding, and new front bumper with revised lower air intake and integrated fog lamps. Side mirrors now include integrated turn signals, and there are new taillamps for 2010. Additionally, there are new color choices.

Inside, for 2010, there are revised steering-wheel controls, the center console offers more storage space, and there are new wood trim choices. On the technology side, the navigation and entertainment capabilities have been expanded for 2010, and the optional navigation system has improved Voice Command recognition to make its operation more convenient. There’s a new memory system, which stores settings for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering-wheel position, and rain-sensing wipers are now standard equipment. Also, rear seat-mounted side airbags, which were optional, are standard equipment on the 2010 Lexus ES.

When Toyota launched the Lexus brand in 1989, its entry-level model was the ES 250, with a thinly disguised Camry chassis and powertrain under a mildly upgraded body and interior. With each succeeding generation, the ES has better met the needs of the entry-luxury segment, with more room, more space, more power, more standard equipment, and more safety features. The Lexus ES was most recently redesigned for the 2007 model year, with fresh styling and interior revisions for 2010.

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