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The recently redesigned Lexus ES 350 gets a couple of technology upgrades for 2014 and offers several new interior options, including bamboo trim.
The seventh-generation Lexus ES was launched as a 2013 model boasting a roomier rear seat with enough space to easily transport four six-foot individuals. The lineup includes the Lexus ES 350 and Lexus ES 300h hybrid.
The 2014 Lexus ES 350 gains LED fog lamps along with its high-intensity discharge headlamps. Along with other models in the 2014 Lexus lineup, the 2014 ES 350 integrates Siri Eyes Free Mode, with technology licensed from Apple. New options for the 2014 Lexus ES 350 include Bamboo interior trim selection and heated/ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustments.
We found the Lexus ES quiet and comfortable and easy to operate. On the road, it’s smooth and quiet, a good car for commuting to work while listening to music.
The Lexus ES 350’s 3.5-liter V6 is smooth and quiet and generates 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the 6-speed automatic, the 3.5-liter V6 yields EPA ratings of 21/31 mpg City/Highway.
The Lexus ES 300h hybrid mixes the good points of an ES with fuel economy in the region of 40 mpg. It shifts seamlessly between battery and engine power.
Lexus ES shoppers have plenty of other cars to shop in this equipment and price range. Audi A6, Hyundai Azera, Acura TL, Lincoln MKS, Buick LaCrosse, and Volvo S60 are the primary competitors. If you don’t need many of the ES’s extensive options, a well-equipped Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Toyota Avalon or Kia Optima Limited may get the job done.