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The Lexus ES 350 is 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 6-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, benefiting from a silky V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Lexus says the ES 350 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, a solid performance. The ES 350 uses front-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg City/Highway. Regular gas (87 octane) is recommended by Lexus for 2011 whereas previously Premium was recommended. The change reduces power slightly, horsepower by about 1.5 percent, torque by about 2 percent. The ES 350 is certified to the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II, or ULEV II, standard.
There are no significant changes for 2011. For 2010, there were substantial changes, including revised styling, a revised interior, and technology upgrades. The ES was last redesigned for the 2007 model year.