There’s a lot to like about the 2013 Lexus ES. It provides a well-made interior and a comfortable ride. Upper trims offer great safety features.
The 2013 Lexus ES is a luxury midsize sedan that seats five. There is only one trim level, per se, the ES 350. Lexus offers packages that might be considered trim levels on other vehicles. The packages offered are Premium, Luxury, Display Audio/Backup Camera, Navigation/Premium Audio and Ultra Luxury. Under the hood of the ES is a V6 engine. Front-wheel drive is standard.
Lexus redesigned the ES 350 for 2013. Among the changes are a longer wheelbase, as well as additional headroom and legroom. Available for the first time in 2013 is the Lexus ES 300h, which has a hybrid powertrain.
The 2013 Lexus ES receives the distinctive spindle grille common across the Lexus lineup. The redesigned ES also sports sharp creases and attractive alloy wheels. Shorter overhangs at the front and rear wheels demonstrate how spacious this luxury midsize sedan is, yet it still maintains a sporty look.
Standard features include a moonroof, LED daytime running lights and integrated turn-signal mirrors. Among the options are a rear spoiler, high-intensity-discharge headlamps and a panoramic roof.
Lexus deservedly wins accolades for the interior comfort of the 2013 ES. The space is designed well, the build quality is excellent, and passenger space is abundant for the segment. (It’s comparable to the Toyota Camry in size.) A bonus is 15.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is spacious for a midsize sedan.
Among the standard features are leatherette upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and steering-wheel-mounted audio, phone and display controls. Real leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and maple and bamboo trim are among the available features.
The 2013 Lexus ES has a V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid ES has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 200 horsepower. They’re mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and are front-wheel drive.
Fuel economy for the ES 350 is an EPA-estimated 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for the segment. The ES 300h does even better at 40/39 mpg city/highway, which is terrific for its class.
The Lexus ES may not be as agile on twisty roads as some of its competitors, but it provides one of the more supple rides in the segment. That’s thanks to the platform it shares with the Avalon. You can dial in sportier performance with the drive mode select feature, which provides normal, eco and sport settings.
Technology is the one area in which the Lexus ES stumbles a bit. The struggles aren’t about what’s offered, but how some of its available features are executed. Standard technology includes push-button start, a programmable garage door opener and an eight-speaker stereo with a six-disc CD changer, auxiliary audio and USB ports, and satellite radio. A 15-speaker audio system with HD Radio and DVD audio is available, as is a navigation system that brings voice command, an 8-inch screen and the Lexus Enform system, which offers various services such as traffic alert and music downloads. Some models also have ambient lighting below the door and dashboard inlays, and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The main issue with the optional technology is the remote touch interface that works like a computer touchpad. It can be frustrating to use and sometimes becomes a distraction for drivers.
Available safety features include a backup camera, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and pre-collision alert.
By Keith Griffin (Last Updated 3/13/2019)
Keith Griffin is a veteran automotive journalist based in central Connecticut. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News & World Report, TorqueNews and About.com. He is a past president of the New England Motor Press Association.
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2013 Lexus ES Pricing
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The price range for the 2013 Lexus ES is $13,495 - $18,995.
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