2021 Lexus ES Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

Although the Lexus ES 2021 is a more refined offering in a segment dominated mostly by sports sedans, it still delivers luxury car buyers what they want in terms of comfort, ride quality and easy cruising. There are three powertrain options available: A V-6 engine producing 302 horsepower, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with all-wheel-drive, or a hybrid that produces great fuel economy. The ES’s cabin offers luxury. It’s filled with luxurious materials and supportive seats. There are also plenty of connectivity options and technology options. What is the downside? What’s the downside? The Lexus isn’t as enjoyable to drive as some of the more sporty luxury cars. You can still get a well-loaded Lexus ES for less than the entry-level Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-class, making it a great value in this highly competitive market.

What’s new for 2021?

Lexus will add the ES250 to its ES lineup for this year. It is powered by a 2.5-liter four cylinder and comes standard equipped with all-wheel-drive. The ES sedan will also get a Black Line Special Edition package in 2021, just like Lexus’ RX SUV. The Black Line package, which is based on the F Sport model adds black exterior trim and a black lip spoiler to the interior. It also includes a matching two-piece luggage set from Zero Halliburton. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring are now available on Ultra Luxury and F Sport models. A new Rich Cream interior color and Lexus’ Enform Safety Connect suite, which includes onboard Wi-Fi, is also now standard across the entire range.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Even though the price of the base model is higher, we think it’s worth upgrading to the ES350 with Ultra Luxury Package. The Ultra Luxury package includes special 18-inch wheels, semianiline leather upholstery and a hands-free power trunk lid. It also features a power rear sunshade, wood-and-leather steering wheels, and adaptive suspension. We would also recommend the Navigation package which increases the infotainment screen to 12.3 inches and adds voice recognition and in-dash navigation.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

There are three powertrain options available for the 2021 Lexus ES. The ES250 comes standard with all-wheel-drive and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower. The ES350 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 302 horsepower. It is controlled by an eight speed automatic transmission that transfers power to the front wheels. All ES350h trims come standard with a hybrid powertrain, which produces a net output 215 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), are also standard. The gas-only ES350 accelerated from a standstill at 60 mph in 6.1 seconds on our test track. Both the all-wheel drive ES250h and the hybrid ES350h made the dash in a leisurely 8.3 and 8.1 seconds, respectively. The Lexus sedan is known for its smooth handling and forgiving ride quality. The F Sport trim offers more performance-oriented suspension tuning and larger wheels. The ES is still less agile than comparable models like the BMW 5-series, despite this upgrade.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Lexus ES350’s mileage is 22/32 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway according to the EPA. The ES350h hybrid, which achieves 43/44 mpg, is more economical than you might expect. According to the EPA, the new ES250 hybrid will achieve fuel economy of 25 mpg in cities and 34 mpg on highways. We were able to get 39 mpg highway driving at 75 mph for 200 miles with the ES350. On the same route, the ES350h produced fuel economy of 45 mpg. The ES250 produced fuel economy of 33 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The ES’s cabin is a comfortable haven for passengers thanks to its elegant, asymmetrical dash design and high-quality materials. The seats offer comfortable support and ample legroom for long-legged passengers. The cabin is quiet even at highway speeds. The trunk can hold 17.0 cubic feet, which is more than the Volvo S90 (14.0 cubes) or Acura TLX (14.0 cubes). The ES does not have a folding rear seat. This Lexus is unable to carry large cargo.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The 2021 Lexus ES is a luxury-car buyer’s choice for cars with the most advanced tech features. The 8.0-inch central display controls the infotainment system. Both Apple CarPlay (and Android Auto) are available for seamless device integration. All models include a 10-speaker sound system with SiriusXM satellite broadcast. A list of standard tech features includes Amazon Alexa compatibility and Bluetooth phone and music streaming. Scout GPS Link navigation is also included.

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