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May 17, 2022
Posted by Chloe Taylor

2022 Lexus ES 350 Review: Is This The Best Lexus Sedan?

The Lexus ES 350 has been for a long time Lexus offering a small luxury sedan that prioritizes comfort over performance. This simplicity for years clearly shows why leasing the ES 350 is getting more and more divulging in the whole of NY. It’s the more reasonable counterpoint to the sportier IS 350 sedan and the less pricey option than the larger LS 500.

Lexus has refreshed the 2022 ES 350 with many updates. The former infotainment system had a touchpad controller, and it was most times frustrating and distracting to use while driving. Lexus has addressed this issue by changing the place of the display screen 4.3 inches forward and giving it touchscreen functionality. Curiously, Lexus kept the touchpad, but that might be welcome redundancy if you don’t like touchscreens.

Outside, the 2022 ES 350 gets a novel grille design along with redesigned LED headlights. The F Sport trim now extends to the ES 300h, in addition, a new Dynamic Handling package is now available on the ES 350 F Sport trim. It features an adaptive suspension system and additional drive modes.

The ES 350 also gets updated driver assistance features. As part of the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 package of driver aids, the ES now features Intersection Turning Assist, a feature that’s part of the forward collision mitigation system that can recognize vehicles and pedestrians at intersections and potentially avoid a collision. Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 improves adaptive cruise control by automatically increasing speed before changing lanes. It also improves the lane-keeping system using enhanced recognition of lane markers and road edges.

The refreshed 2022 Lexus ES offers more value with its updates. But it’s also worth getting alongside other small luxury sedans such as the Acura TLX, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, and Volvo S60.

How does the ES 350 drive? Acceleration is nice and smooth, and the V6 is strong throughout its rev range. The steering is well-weighted and contributes to the ES 350’s composure as you drive around turns. There’s not a lot of maximum grip from the tires, but overall the ES handles better than you’d expect a luxury-oriented sedan to.

Around the city, smooth acceleration and great gear changes make the ES a pleasure to drive. Even in city traffic, the ES feels as if it’s just sliding along thanks to its relaxed powertrain.

How comfortable is the ES 350? Comfort remains an ES hallmark, and it has not been sacrificed for improved handling. The front seats are firm, without excessive side bolsters that interfere with getting in and out. The rear seats are really comfortable, however, they are a bit wide and flat.

This latest ES 350 hasn’t lost its ability to absorb bumps and road rash. There’s a bit of wind noise at highway speeds, but maybe it’s just a little more noticeable. Engine noise is imperceptible. More warmth from the seat heaters on cold days would be appreciated.

How’s the interior? Getting in and out of the ES is no problem because of the low seat cushions and wide door openings. There’s also a nicely sized gap between front passengers and door panels that creates a feeling of space. There’s a lot of room in the back seat, especially between the seatbacks and knees, even for 6-foot-tall passengers.

Drivers of most heights and body types should find it comfortable to drive given the ES’ power-adjustable seat and mostly clear views all around the car. The volume knob is awesome and feels like one from an old-school stereo receiver.

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