The Lexus ES is the brand’s entry-level midsize luxury sedan, which underwent a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. Changes are mostly evolutionary inside and out, but stylistically the ES has become more nuanced and sophisticated. Detailed character lines and a bolder grille leave more an impression that the rather anonymous exterior styling of the previous generation.
Inside premium materials are showcased, including unique seat embossing and a selection of interesting wood trims. Overall, it evokes the welcoming and modern atmosphere found inside the full-size Lexus LS.
While it mostly appeals to shoppers looking for a full-on luxury sedan as opposed to a performance vehicle, Lexus does offer the flashy F Sport trim with bolder styling details, bright color options inside and out, and a stiffer suspension. However, the regular ES or ES hybrid are most true to form for the car and serve up the familiar isolated and luxurious experience that has become expected of the nameplate. Prices for the 2019 Lexus ES start from $39,500, with well-equipped models coming in around $45,000.
Best Color Combination: Sunlit Green exterior/Flaxen interior
Competition: Acura TLX, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60
Safety Score: As of publication date the 2019 Lexus ES has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick rating based on the performance of the Toyota Avalon, with which its shares structural and safety components.
Summary: More opulent than ever, the 2019 Lexus ES delivers on the luxury front for drivers who value a smooth and supple driving experience over all-out exhilaration.