Manufactured since 1989, the Lexus ES has seen half a dozen upgrades as it progressed from a mid-size to full-size sedan. Despite of all the changes, it has always stayed true to its four-door luxury sedan blueprint. Those looking for pre-owned models should start their search with the fourth generation Lexus ES, from 2001 to 2003. This is when the vehicle was overhauled inside and out.
Current Lexus ES models, ES and its hybrid option, the ES-H, extend the focus on luxury and comfort while maintaining performance and safety standards. High-tech options include the Lexus Enform App Suite, which lets you access Sirius XM data services, Safety Connect, and the internet. The "E" can also stand for "eco-friendly" as sustainable and green materials are used to build some of the details and interior features. For example, you can choose between leather for the seats or synthetic green NuLuxe. The hybrid does not compromise when it comes to performance or luxury. With 40 mpg it gets better fuel economy than most subcompact cars.
LEXUS ES SAFETY RATINGS
One element Lexus does not consider a luxury is safety. The active and passive protective elements work together to safeguard the driver and passengers. The Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Alert will signal drivers of potential traffic and road hazards. Passive safety considerations include the use of digital crash test innovation to design the 10 airbags that come standard in the ES as well as its Pre-Collision system, which can help apply brakes before you know you need them. These features and others have led the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to rate the 2014 Lexus ES as “Good” (the highest rating) on all available categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the vehicle top marks in three out of four safety categories.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE LEXUS ES
J.D. Powers and Associates gave the Lexus ES five out of five stars for overall quality, performance, design, and predicted reliability. Intellichoice named the 2013 ES Best Overall Value.