The 2022 Lexus ES 350 is available now for a base retail price of $41,875 and comes with a reasonably long list of upgrades in the form of interior, exterior and safety features, making it an excellent value. price quality. The ES 350’s V6 engine remains unchanged, and it’s still one of the best of the lot for clocking up miles with the utmost comfort. The ride quality is top notch and the interior is also filled with the highest quality materials.
The Lexus ES 350 is extremely refined and has proven to be one of the best in terms of safety performance. The infotainment is very intuitive and feels very premium. Competing with the Acura TLX, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, here are 10 things you need to know before you get the 2022 Lexus ES350.
ten Performance not as thrilling as rivals
The 2022 Lexus ES 350 comes with no powertrain changes and therefore retains the same proven 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 V6 engine producing 302 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission and power is transmitted through the FWD transmission.
Even though the engine isn’t as exciting as those offered by rivals, the refinement is where this engine really shines. Even when you pull the engine on the highways, it feels smooth and refined. There’s more than adequate performance on tap, and low-end performance is even better than rivals. The transmission is fast enough and also offers smooth gear changes.
9 Offers more value than rivals
With a base MSRP of $41,875, the 2022 ES 350 easily beats its European rivals in value. Compared to the much more expensive Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, the ES 350 is packed to the brim with all technology and features you could think of, making it a better family sedan.
All interior and exterior features such as semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and electric seats, electric trunk, wood inserts, navigation system and many more are offered with the Ultra Luxury package of the ES 350, which is not very expensive. By comparison, rivals from Audi, BMW and Volvo lack these features as standard and the option packs are also insanely priced.
8 Magic carpet ride quality
One of the main reasons many prefer the Lexus ES 350 over more fun-to-drive offerings is the superb ride quality it offers. Even though it has an independent front and rear suspension system, similar to the Toyota Camry, the ride quality is sublime and passengers will never be uncomfortable.
Drive the car slowly and you’d be amazed at how well it absorbs road irregularities thanks to this well-tuned suspension system. Even the biggest potholes are also filtered without problems and the suspension also works quietly. When driving at highway speeds, the ES 350 maintains its magic carpet ride quality, with no major vertical movement.
7 Great interior quality and refinement
Being a mid-size luxury sedan more focused on comfort and luxury, Lexus managed to impress us with its top-notch interior quality and refinement. Touch any part of the cabin and you’d be surprised at how remarkable the materials are. The entire dashboard and door cards are covered in premium leather and soft-touch plastics.
Other elements, such as chrome inserts, wood inserts with some optional color combinations and plush semi-aniline leather upholstery add to the premium factor of this midsize sedan. The level of refinement is top-notch, and you can only hear external noises like road noise, tire noise, and wind noise if you focus too hard. Soundproofing is also excellent.
6 Driving dynamics are nothing out of the ordinary
The 2022 Lexus ES 350 is a disappointment in terms of driving dynamics, especially compared to safer rivals like the BMW 5 Series and Acura TLX. The steering is very light and lacks a bit of feel and feedback, which could be felt when pushing the car to its limits. However, the electric power steering was quite precise and direct.
When you’re driving the car with gusto, take the corner a little too fast and you’ll know the limits of the front-wheel-drive architecture. The car feels very front-heavy, resulting in high understeer. It spoils the driving experience a bit.
5 Precise braking performance
The 2022 Lexus ES 350 comes with 12-inch front rotors and 11.1-inch rear rotors, and braking performance has proven to be more than adequate for the segment. Even with a curb weight of 3,690 pounds, the car managed to make the 60-0 mph brake test in a respectable 110 feet.
Apart from the excellent braking hardware, the long list of standard features such as ABS with EBD, automated emergency braking, hill hold control, brake assist and more also contribute to the excellent braking performance of the ES 350. Initial bite was top-notch, and brake fade was very minimal. When pressed on the brake pedal at high speed, the impressive braking progression coupled with the lack of frontal dive helped the car come to a stop without drama.
4 Reasonably fuel efficient
Powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission, similar to the Toyota Camry TRD, fuel efficiency is also nearly identical. The ES 350 managed to give 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which equates to a combined gas mileage of 26 mpg.
With a fuel tank capacity of 15.9 gallons, the car could also have a pretty impressive 508 miles of highway range. In comparison, the BMW 5 Series and Infiniti Q50 offered slightly lower combined gas mileage. However, the Acura TLX offered a combined gas mileage of 27 mpg, which was 1 mpg more than the ES 350.
3 Comes with security features
The car made no compromises on the safety front. Compared to the outgoing model year, this 2022 iteration of the Lexus ES 350 receives a few additional standard driver assistance features such as pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, a new traffic intersection detection system coming in reverse, and more.
Other than that, all the safety features that were previously standard with Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 like automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, cruise control adaptive, etc are also standard. With superb build quality, the car received the highest rating of 5 stars in the NHTSA crash test and a good rating in most subsections of the IIHS crash test.
2 Infotainment is very intuitive
Unlike the 2021 model which comes with a non-touchscreen configuration, the 2022 Lexus ES 350 is also touchscreen compatible. However, the standard 8-inch infotainment system remains unchanged, and we’re more than happy with the interface and menu layout. Display quality and touch sensitivity are top-notch.
This infotainment comes with all the connectivity features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, aux, USB ports, Wi-Fi hotspot and many more as standard. All entertainment features are also offered. Apart from that, there is also an optional 12.3-inch infotainment system which makes the cabin look a bit more upscale.
1 The design stands out
Ever since the seventh generation of the Lexus ES 350 hit the market in 2018, it has been famous for its striking exterior design. The car is mainly highlighted by the original design of the front with its massive spit grille with neatly integrated Lexus logo, sharp LED headlights with striking LED DRL and the masculine design of the bonnet. All of these carry over to the 2022 iteration, and the car doesn’t get any major design changes.
Offered with 9 standard colors and 2 optional colors, the ES 350 is very different from other European and Asian rivals. The color-keyed rear spoiler and 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels are additional options, and they make the car look a bit sportier. Apart from that, the side and rear profiles highlight the subtle character lines, the fender flares and the beautiful LED taillights.
This is the coolest feature of the Lexus ES 350
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