Used 2016 Lexus ES Sedan
Lexus ES Sedan
As luxury sedans go the 2016 Lexus ES comforts its owners in the way it drives and rides as well as its cost of ownership
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The ES was Lexus’ second offering in the U.S., but in terms of sales it plays second fiddle only to the hot-selling RX crossover SUV. While it’s true a BMW 5 Series or Cadillac CTS offer a more engaging ride, not every luxury car buyer is also a driving enthusiast. In the Lexus ES sedan for 2016, owners will find a premium automobile that places an emphasis on comfort without completely sacrificing the performance aspects expected of this class. From its L finesse design language to its excellent repair and reliability record to the hybrid’s 40-plus mpg, the ES is the closest thing to a sure bet in the luxury sedan world.
You'll Like This Car If...
Lexus’ ES 350 and ES 300h luxury sedans for 2016 appeal to buyers who demand their luxury cars not only pamper and please, but also hold excellent value over time. The only sacrifice asked of the ES owner may be the small amount of trunk space surrendered to the hybrid’s battery pack.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your idea of a luxury sedan includes world-class driving dynamics, the 2016 ES from Lexus probably won’t float your boat. Rear-drive animals like the BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS and even the Chrysler 300 can only satisfy such cravings.
What's New for 2016
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid receive a revised front end with a more dramatic spindle grille, standard LED headlights and more standard features. Also standard is the Safety System Plus suite that includes collision warning, lane-departure warning, radar-guided cruise control and intelligent high beam.
If a serene ride and a quiet cabin are your idea of luxury, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan and 300h hybrid luxury sedan are a perfect fit. Beyond their sophisticated road manners, both ES models provide excellent acceleration, with the gasoline-powered ES 350 reaching 60 mph in just over seven seconds. For those who occasionally like to push the limits, the ES’ Sport mode makes transmission shifts more aggressive, providing better performance for passing and merging. This same option on the hybrid is even more appealing, perhaps due to the added boost in torque from the electric-assist motor. If you go with the hybrid, you’ll find the electric-to-gasoline transitions nearly imperceptible. However, when we switched to Eco mode, the throttle response was dulled and the powertrain felt uncertain.
Where some hybrid EPA estimates seem like laboratory-only probabilities, the 2016 Lexus ES 300h is the real deal. Without even trying, the 40-mpg combined average was a regular occurrence in our tests.
Lexus is never one to short customers on luxury items, even on its lowest priced models. Our ES came equipped with a heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof and an 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, the last leaving our jaws agape and our ears ringing.
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan interior boasts upscale materials and the exacting fit and finish we expect in Lexus vehicles. All models offer a centrally mounted screen above the center air vents, operated by the mouse-like Remote Touch system on the center console. The drive-mode selector is a knob in front of the shift handle, allowing drivers to switch among Normal, Sport or Eco modes, and with the push of a button, 300h hybrid models can drive a short distance on battery power alone. The seats are comfortable for four adults thanks to a roomy back seat.
When the current-generation Lexus ES debuted a couple years ago, we were amazed that the once-conservative sedan had taken on the bold new look of the Lexus "spindle" grille. With the revised front end this year, the 2016 Lexus ES and ES hybrid fall right in line with the sporty Lexus IS and RC. And we like it. The flared fenders and narrow windows give this Lexus a slightly aggressive look, and the lines flow smoothly from nose to tail. We like the twin tailpipes on the ES 350, and that you can upgrade from the standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
While the 2016 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan may not come standard with leather seats, it still lays on the features pretty thickly. Base models come with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a HomeLink garage-door opener. Newly standard this year is the Lexus Display Audio system, which includes a 3-way-split 7-inch screen, Remote Touch controller, Bluetooth and rearview camera. Safety wise, the 2016 ES has 10 airbags, a service that offers emergency assistance at the touch of a button, and Lexus' Automatic Collision Notification in the event of an accident.
Notable Optional Equipment
Among features available on the lengthy options list for Lexus’ 2016 ES 350 and hybrid ES 300h are a navigation system, leather and aniline-leather seats that can be heated and ventilated, a panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and an awesome Mark Levinson premium sound system. It also offers radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, parking assist and blind-spot monitoring.
Under the Hood
With 268 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V6 engine that's standard in the 2016 Lexus ES 350 has plenty of grunt to get this sedan moving quickly. It's connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission that's a model of smooth operation. Even fuel economy is pretty good, but if saving fuel is part of your luxury experience, then the hybrid powertrain in the Lexus ES 300h is just what you need. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combines with an electric motor to develop a total of 200 horsepower, routing it through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). That's enough power for day-to-day driving, while also offering fantastic fuel economy. Both Lexus ES models are available only in front-wheel drive, and both run on regular 87-octane gasoline.
3.5-liter V6 (ES 350)
268 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg
2.5-liter inline-4 + hybrid electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery module (ES 300h)
156 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (gasoline engine alone)
Total system horsepower: 200
156 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm (gasoline engine)
EPA fuel city/highway fuel economy: 40/39 mpg
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2016 Lexus ES 350 is right around $39,000, including the $940 destination charge. If you want hybrid power, the ES 300h starts at about $42,000. Add options, and you can inflate the price of either car to just under the $50,000 mark, a relative bargain for a luxury brand. That's higher than cars like the Hyundai Genesis and the surprisingly good Buick LaCrosse, but notably less than cars like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers are actually paying for the 2016 Lexus ES in your area. Down the road, sleep well knowing that a strong resale value is one of the strongest selling points for the Lexus ES.
Lexus ES Consumer Reviews
Florida Bass Dude
June 28, 2018
Traded up from two Avalons
After putting about 300,000 miles on two Avalons I was ready to move up. Wife drives the 2008 L460, so I will compare the 350 to that....
March 06, 2018
I love this car
This Lexus es300h, has been a dream to drive.
November 17, 2017
Very comfortable to drive long distances.
This car has excellent road ability. Do not feel tired at the end of the day. We recently completed an 3800 mile road trip with no...
July 20, 2017
2014 ES 300H
Bought the car new and loved it ever since. The car has a luxury feel, smooth ride and gets wonderful mileage. Mileage now at 32000 and...
April 30, 2017
Reliable, comfortable, low cost maintenance
We have owned two ES 350s over the last eleven years. Both have been excellent. Great gas mileage. Highway average around 30 mph. ...
March 09, 2017
I would live in this car if I could
OK, so sure, Im an old guy. Stepping up from the CT, this car is just gorgeous. I make a lot of long drives, and this is the most...
June 10, 2016
The 2014 Lexus ES 300h is an excellent vehicle
I truly believe that the Lexus ES 300h is an excellent vehicle. It provides an excellent luxury for its class that includes real bamboo...
December 31, 2015
This is a great car. There were a few things I liked better on my Buick LaCrosse, like the heads up display and the backup camera, but...
August 31, 2015
best car i've ever owned, not the most expensive
have driven much more expensive cars, and this is the best by far. What it takes to build a hybrid - multiple braking systems, heavier...
May 29, 2015
Third ES 350 more refined, techno-laden
This 2015 ES 350 is our third ES 350 since the 2009 model year. Before those was a 2002 LS 430 which set the foundation for a driving...