Lexus ES 2013: A Polished Sedan
Lexus offers a great range of luxury, convertible and hybrid cars from the compact CT to the beautifully constructed LS saloon. The ES has been around since 1990, a mid-size sedan that has been reworked several times over the years with nine models that include five versions of the ES 350 and four new 300hs hybrids.
Initially designed with resemblances to the Camry as part of the debut cars for Lexus, today’s ES has more in common with the upcoming Toyota Avalon. This is in part due to Lexus’ efforts to rebrand the model for younger drivers, moving away from its image as a motor for the middle-aged market. Incorporating the spindle-grille, the LF-LC was the first to embrace this new concept, which is now being rolled out across the range.
So the question on everyone’s lips is: what will 2013 bring for the latest ES? For a start it’s longer and has been designed to improve the amount of space inside the car. The ES has always been the best-selling passenger car for Lexus since it is built for five people, offering style and comfort with four doors. Legroom will increase by 104mm allowing two adults to sit comfortably in the back, while the trunk measures 15.2 cubic feet. Consequently the Lexus ES is great for families taking weekends away with plenty of storage for luggage or bikes. Additionally the interiors are plush and laid out in a logical fashion – a trademark of former ES models although this time replacing leather with NuLuxe upholstery.
Externally, the 2013 ES is sophisticated and athletic with an almost hourglass shaped grille, broad bonnet and rectangular headlights. The 350’s low roof line gives it the shape of a coupe, sleek and smooth with heightened doors and an appearance of security. As expected from the Lexus brand, safety is paramount with four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, rear door child safety locks, electronic brake assist and several other features that will ensure drivers feel they can tackle any situation.
Technology is at the forefront of the 2013 ES and varies dependent upon which model is selected. Audio systems are rich, with a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system at the top of the scale. The ES 350 boasts a 3.5 litre V6 that makes 268 horsepower, certainly suitable for this sedan which offers an indulgent experience rather than focusing on speed. However, the engine is surprisingly sporty when pushed on through the gears. Power is delivered to the front wheels via the same six-speed manumatic transmission.
Environmental concerns are addressed in the Drive Mode Select system, where Eco is an option when drivers wish to be fuel efficient. The Sport mode enables a sharpened throttle response and puts more feel into the electrically assisted steering. The ES 300h also offers Drive Mode Select although primarily for responsiveness and steering while the hybrid feels softer and more like older models.
Highly refined and quietly confident, the 2013 ES sedan is set to allow easy operation in all environments and built to last.