Written by Marco Carvajal
I am test driving the 2020 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury, one of the most affordable luxury mid-size cars in the automotive market, produced by the premium brand Lexus.
ES means Executive Sedan or Elegant Sedan. The ES is one of the most successful sellers in the Lexus family, it is an entry-level executive sedan that provides a lot of style, elegance and luxury with a very reasonable price. I love premium quality and great value, who doesn’t? Buy a luxury Lexus without breaking your wallet.
Lexus ES 350 7th Generation
After three decades of success, the new seventh-generation Lexus ES was unveiled with the car year model 2019, and now we have available 2020 and 2021 wonderful upgraded ES models. There are several choices about trim models like the ES 250 with all its variations and ES 350 with all its variations including the ES 350 Ultra Luxury I drive.
The ES is well known for its style, comfort, and refinement, but also for its value. The new 2020 ES is produced on top of a new chassis that allows for a more dynamic exterior design with a more original and luxury configuration.
Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury
The 2020 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury model priced around $43K is part of the top of the line trims in the ES family, together with the 350 F Sport priced around $44K. Driving the ES 350 brings you pleasure and a feeling of luxury lifestyle on top of this work of art Lexus machine. The ES ticket price of around $43,000 is actually very good for the value, luxury, and performance that you can get while driving the ES 350 Ultra Luxury.
2020 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury Highlights:
- 3.5-liter engine DOHC 24-valve with Variable Valve Timing intelligence Wide VVTiW (intake), Variable Valve Timing intelligence VVTi (exhaust)
- Combined 26-MPG Fuel Economy
- Powerful 302 horsepower
- 267 lb-ft @ 4,700
- Perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior
- Power open/close trunk with kick sensor
- Lateral performance dampers
- Front-wheel drive standard
- All-wheel drive capability optional
- Direct-Shift 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
- An available panorama glass roof
- Lexus safety system
- 10 airbag system
- Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
- New! Android Auto compatibility
The 2020 Lexus ES is a better and redesigned 2019 model with updates in the infotainment and standard features.
Trims and Pricing for the 2020 Lexus ES 350
Lexus usually sounds expensive and in fact, it is a premium automobile brand (owned by Toyota), however sometimes when it comes to pricing, the luxury brand is priced at a reasonably low price compared to its premium value and to its expensive competitors. The ES 350 is one of these models where pricing is amazingly low for this type of car.
The ES 350 starts at $39K as the top of the line ES 350 Ultra Luxury is priced at $43K, the F Sport $44K.
- ES 350
$39,900 Starting MSRP
- ES 350 F Sport
$44,6350 Starting MSRP
- ES 350 Luxury
$42,755 Starting MSRP
- ES 350 Ultra Luxury
$43,750 Starting MSRP
- ES 350 F Sport
Engine and Performance
The fast and potent 302 -horsepower V6 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 propels you in just 6.6 seconds.
To complement the power of the updated V6, an 8-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission is used on all ES 350s. It uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock-up clutch to maintain a direct connection in almost all driving situations.
Explore more roads with more confidence with optional added all-wheel-drive capability. The system provides enhanced traction by automatically allocating torque between the front and rear wheels to as much as a fifty percent distribution between the front and back wheels, producing tons of power.
Style and Design
The ES is very handsome, it features a long, wide stance and a sleek, coupe-like silhouette inherited from the flagship LS. Striking LED illumination takes this style to the next level.
In addition to the array of eye-catching paint colors available on the exterior of the ES, the interior features three color schemes, four types of trims, and three different material options for the seats.
Optional triple beam headlights further refine the look with three compact LED projector units while the standard design features a single LED projector-beam design that retains the signature “L”-shaped marker lights.
Other interior comforts include an available power rear sunshade, cabin with class-leading rear legroom, and supple semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats. An available panorama glass roof allows more light into the cabin than most moonroofs, providing a fresh interior that feels more in contact with the environment around the car.
The suite of class-leading standard active safety equipment (Lexus Safety System 2.0) is the most comprehensive safety system ever included in an ES.
In addition to the driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage and knee airbags, the ES features front and rear side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and rear seat-mounted airbags.
Previously designed to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian, the Pre-Collision System now has the potential to detect a preceding bicyclist as well.
A new feature for LSS 2.0 is Lane Tracing Assist (LTA). Like the Lane Departure Assist system, the new Lane Tracing Assist system is designed to detect lane markings to determine lane position.
An enhanced version of the All-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control System uses a more advanced forward radar sensor that is designed to provide smoother acceleration and braking in heavy traffic.
ES 350 Ultra Luxury Champion in the Automotive Market Place
The Executive Sedan or Elegant Sedan, Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury is one of the most affordable luxury mid-size cars in the automotive market, and one of the most successful sellers in the Lexus brand. This great entry-level sedan is full of style, good performance at high speeds, quality materials, and tons of value.