Lexus unveiled its 7th generation ES 350 in 2019, and this latest iteration of the midsize luxury sedan is absolutely the best yet. The ES is longer, wider, and lower than the prior version. It’s also more powerful with the V6 engine’s revisions resulting in a 34 horsepower gain and 19 pound-foot of torque increase. A week-long test drive firmly underscored the ES 350 F Sport’s 0-60 mph rocket-like quickness, silky smooth ride, and incredible interior quietness. The car’s NVH treatments include chassis mounted dampers and sound suppression insulation addressing 93% of the floor pan (versus the prior 68%), and front fender liners.
Powering the ES 350 F Sport is a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 267 pound-foot of torque at 4700 rpm. The engine mates to an 8-speed automatic transmission. ES 350 F Sport’s unique features include bolstered/heated/ventilated front seats with 10-way power adjustments, power folding side mirrors, 19-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, and rear spoiler. The 113-inch wheelbase ES 350 F Sport uses an adaptive variable suspension (similar to systems on LC coupe and LS sedan) replacing the former dynamic control shocks with adjustable dampers. The tested front wheel drive ES 350 F Sport carries a MSRP of $44,635 and collects estimated mpg of 22 city/31 highway.