With handling that balances athleticism and refinement, the 2019 Lexus ES delivers a rewarding driving experience. The ES also impresses with its strong fuel economy and chic cabin, and it costs thousands less than some of its most notable rivals.
Lexus’ ES is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five passengers, and it’s offered with either a gas-only (ES 350) or hybrid (ES 300h) powertrain. The 2019 Lexus ES 350 comes in four trim levels: base, Luxury, Ultra Luxury and F Sport. With the ES 300h hybrid, buyers can choose from base, Luxury and Ultra Luxury trims. All ES sedans are front-wheel drive.
For the 2019 model year, the ES has been redesigned from top to bottom. Relative to the previous-generation model, the new ES is longer, lower and wider, and it boasts an expanded trim lineup. Also, it comes with a wider range of features than the previous ES.
The exterior design of the 2019 Lexus ES is undeniably dramatic. Up front is a “spindle grille” that’s unique to the Lexus brand, and it has the expressive lines of a handheld paper fan. In profile, the ES is low and sleek, with a purposeful stance. The rear fascia is home to swirling design elements that mirror the aesthetic of the sedan’s grille.
Wearing a shade that Lexus calls Matador Red Mica, our test ES 350 Ultra Luxury looked lively and striking. The deep red hue complemented the car’s sporty design.
The base ES 350 comes with standard exterior features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED projector-beam headlights, LED daytime running lights, a dark-gray grille, a power sunroof, LED taillights and chrome exhaust finishers. The ES 350 F Sport brings in a jet-black grille.
Options include rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, heated side mirrors with memory settings, a hands-free trunk lid, 18- or 19-inch wheels and an upgraded panoramic sunroof.
The ES’ cabin has the same jaunty flair as the car’s exterior design. The clean, sculpted dash sets the tone for this sedan’s interior, and it’s sliced by a metallic accent that slopes upward toward the instrument panel. The center stack features lines that curve toward the driver, and it’s topped by a floating touchscreen that enhances the cabin’s contemporary appearance. Most of the materials used throughout the interior are of premium quality.
Our test car’s spacious cabin created a comfortable environment for passengers. The front seats provided soothing support, and those perched in the rear seats enjoyed excellent legroom and headroom.
Shoppers who value utility will be glad to learn that the ES has a generously sized trunk. With both gas-only and hybrid models, this sedan provides 16.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is more than you’ll get with some rivals. For example, cargo space for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan comes in at just 13.1 cubic feet.
With base-model ES luxury sedans, the list of standard interior features includes simulated leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. F Sport models bring in unique front seats, as well as Hadori aluminum interior accents.
The range of optional equipment includes a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, wood interior accents, a power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel and manual sunshades for the windows on the rear doors.
Lexus ES buyers can choose between two powertrains, and all models are front-wheel drive.
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and it’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ES 350 F Sport adds front and rear performance dampers.
With the ES 300h, motivation comes from a hybrid powertrain that teams a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a battery pack. This powerplant has a net output of 215 horsepower, and it’s governed by an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT).
All ES sedans come with a Drive Mode Select feature that allows you to choose from various settings that adjust the car’s handling. With these preset driving modes, you can make this sedan’s performance sportier, smoother or more fuel-efficient, depending on the situation.
We loved spending time behind the wheel of our ES 350 Ultra Luxury test vehicle. The car was supremely refined, offering the faultlessly smooth ride quality shoppers expect from a luxury sedan. During those moments when we wanted sharper performance, we used the Drive Mode Select feature to amp up the sedan’s responsiveness. We imagine there’s a wide swath of shoppers who will appreciate this car’s versatile performance.
With the 2019 Lexus ES 300h hybrid, the EPA estimates fuel economy of 43/45 mpg city/highway. These numbers make this model one of the most fuel-efficient midsize luxury sedans on the market. Mileage for the ES 350 tops out at 22/33 mpg.
Lexus has equipped the ES with an expansive assortment of available tech features.
Base models come with three USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a CD player, HD and satellite radio, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS Link app-based navigation, a Remote Touch Interface Controller, Siri Eyes Free, voice recognition and Google Voice Control. Additionally, all models come with Lexus Enform Remote, a feature that allows you to start and unlock the vehicle using an app on your smartphone.
Optional tech amenities include wireless device charging, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a head-up display, a premium Mark Levinson audio system and an integrated navigation system with a 12.3-inch display. Unfortunately, Android Auto smartphone mirroring isn’t offered.
Our test car’s infotainment system looked sleek and modern, but we had sometimes had difficulty getting the Remote Touch Interface Controller to perform as expected. Often, this touchpad was overly sensitive. Overall, we found the interface to be unnecessarily distracting, and it required more of a learning curve than the setups used by other automakers.
When it comes to active safety features, the ES comes standard with a rearview camera and the Lexus Safety System 2.0 suite of amenities. This bundle includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a lane departure warning system with steering assist, automatic high beams and parking sensors.
Lexus’ ES is available with an optional blind-spot monitoring system. This technology issues a warning if sensors detect traffic in the car’s blind spots, and it can help you make safer lane changes. Rear cross-traffic alert is also available.
The base 2019 Lexus ES 350 starts at $39,600, not including a $1,025 destination charge. The most expensive trim in the lineup is the ES 300h Ultra Luxury, and it begins at $45,060.
We’d choose the ES 300h for its stellar fuel economy, and this trim starts at $41,410. We’d add the Premium package ($1,175), which includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated and ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column. We’d also bring in a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert ($1,065) and interior wood accents ($360). With these features added, the ES 300h has a total price of $44,935, including destination.
Competitive pricing is one of the ES’ most appealing traits, and it’s significantly less expensive than several of its rivals. For example, with a base price of $53,400, the 2019 BMW 5 Series is a lot pricier than this Lexus. Its reasonable pricing helps make the ES one of its segment’s value leaders.
Boasting bold exterior design, a stylish cabin and polished handling, the 2019 Lexus ES is a pleasure to experience. With its available hybrid powertrain, this sedan provides outstanding fuel economy, and it comes with a reassuring range of standard driver-assistance features. Our most significant criticism concerns the car’s touchpad interface, which can be difficult to use.
Shoppers who like to keep an eye on the bottom line will appreciate this car’s relatively low base price. The 2019 ES hits its marks when it comes to quality, while also providing exemplary value.
By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 2/6/2019)
Warren Clarke is a writer and editor whose work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News and Edmunds.com. He enjoys providing car owners with information that can help enhance and simplify their lives.
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User Reviews for 2019 Lexus ES
by Bill on July 25, 2019
"Best car I’ve ever outed and I’ve owned a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in ‘78 beautiful car. Tons of technology. Smooth and quiet. Even asks you to take a coffee break if it senses you've been driving too long"
"Love the way the ES350 FSport drives and the fell of the interior. The navigation and information system are very easy to use. I only buy Toyotas and Lexus for the quality and reliability and this car does not disappoint."
The red interior on the FSport is gorgeous and you can see the attention to detail.
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