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Lexus ES : Used

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History/Description: A high-luxury, low-stimulation driving experience was the main promise of Lexus’ last-generation ES. A Camry-based, front-drive luxury sedan, it offered standard V6 power, a sumptuous cabin, premium goodies and all of the sensible stuff Lexus is known for,including high resale values and owner satisfaction.

2011 Lexus ES 350 3/4 rear view
Photo: Michel Deslauriers

The ES had plenty of room for 4 or 5 adults, a generous trunk, and plenty of at-hand storage. Look for a 3.5L V6 engine making around 270 horsepower on all models. All ES models were front-wheel drive and fitted with an automatic transmission.

Feature content included navigation, a premium Mark Levinson audio system, a sunroof, remote access, Bluetooth connectivity, leather and wood interior trim, and plenty more.


What Owners Like About The Used Lexus ES: Styling, a calm and quiet ride, a richly trimmed interior and a fantastic stereo were all commonly noted by Lexus ES owners talking to the web with their ownership experiences. Engine performance and stable handling were also highly rated.

What Owners Dislike: Some owners wish for a more exciting driving experience, sportier handling, stickier factory tires and easier-to-use infotainment and navigation controls. Further, some owners are offended at the “locking out” of numerous functions in said infotainment system while the vehicle is moving.

2011 Lexus ES 350  interior
Photo: Michel Deslauriers