2016 Lexus ES 350 review

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Lexus ES 350 highlights

Customer rating


  • Comfortable ride
  • Luxurious interior
  • Generous rear legroom


  • Complicated navigation system controller
  • Prioritizes comfort over driver engagement

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 31 highway, 24 combined

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Updated looks with traditional luxury

A spacious, luxury sedan, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 prioritizes comfort over sportiness. The 2016 edition features new styling in both the front and rear, adding modern touches while keeping the refined look of a midsize luxury cruiser with tons of features. This sedan comes with a standard 3.5L V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is quiet and smooth, even at higher speeds.  The 2016 version of the Lexus ES 350 offers Bi-LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof as new options. It also comes with new interior color options and trim materials.

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What is new for the 2016 Lexus ES 350?

  • The Crafted Line trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • Leather & Suede Seats features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Lexus ES 350

1. Smooth and steady  

Taking a ride in your 2016 Lexus ES 350 is like taking a relaxing walk on the beach on a windless day; it’s smooth and calm. It’s easy to steer the car right where you want to go. Even when you turn, the car remains steady and compliant. 

2. Choose your engine mode  

The 2016 Lexus ES 350 allows you to choose between three modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. Normal mode is for light steering on your everyday drives. When you want an increase in steering effort and engine performance, you can choose Sport. If you want to get maximum mileage, pick Eco. 

3. Get comfortable on the road 

Whether you’re driving across town or cross country, the 2016 Lexus ES 350 offers a comfortable, roomy interior from which to enjoy the trip. The seats are comfortable throughout, and the driver’s seat is power-operated so you can find the best angle for your ride. Backseat passengers can stretch out, too, with a full 40 inches of legroom.  

4. Driver assistance features  

There are a host of driver assistance features available as options for the 2016 Lexus ES 350. For example, a pre-collision warning system and lane departure warning with steering assist give you confidence on the road. Automatic high-beam headlights help you see what’s up ahead at night. Finally, optional adaptive cruise control can automatically adjust vehicle speed when cars are ahead of you, very handy for rush hour commutes. 

5. A smooth exterior 

In 2016, the Lexus ES 350 experienced a bold redesign. In the front, the traditional Lexus spindle grill is bigger and more solid. Redesigned headlights have LED low beams as standard features. In the back, the car has newly designed taillights and fascia, creating a more dominant look to command the road. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a luxury car that customers enjoy for its comfort, features, and price. Customers also enjoy the car for its dependability and fuel efficiency.

RepairPal gave the Lexus ES 350 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Lexus ES 350 3rd out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

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Lexus ES 350 features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Satellite Radio Ready

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.9"/R 40"

Head room

F 37.5"/R 37.5"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.



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