The 2019 Lexus ES is still a midsize sedan that’s significantly cheaper than its European rivals.
Lexus recently revamped its midsize ES series. We covered its reveal back in April, and drove the new model in June. The most significant change baked into this seventh generation model is the addition of the F Sport trim. As in other Lexus models, the F Sport features adaptive damping, a system borrowed from its larger LC coupe and LS sedan siblings. The system features 650 levels of dampening force, making for a sportier drive. In addition to the sporty trim, the ES 350 and 300h models have also been updated for the 2019 model year.
Starting at just under $40,000, the Lexus ES 350 and ES 350 F Sport offer up a 302 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with 267 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport model, for all its extra pieces, starts at $44,035. The new ES 350 gives a two mile per gallon improvement over the previous model, as well. The V6-powered models make an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.
The 2019 Lexus ES hybrid makes 44 mpg combined
If efficiency is what you’re after, then there’s the 2019 Lexus ES 300h instead. That model features an Atkinson cycle 2.5-liter four cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor. Together, the unit provides 215 total system horsepower. Not only that, but you get an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 44 mpg combined. According to Lexus, that makes the 2019 Lexus ES 300h the most fuel efficient vehicle without a plug. The hybrid starts at $41,310.
All 2019 Lexus ES models come with an updated infotainment system. For the first time, buyers can get Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functionality. The ES also comes with the latest generation safety suite – Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. The system adds daytime bicyclist detection and low-light pedestrian detection.
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