It's hard to believe, but the Lexus ES has been around for over 20 years. Lexus introduced the ES to the world way back in 1989, and that move introduced many car buyers into the world of entry-level luxury. Now, the ES has entered an all-new sixth generation for 2012, and Lexus has updated the car both inside and out.
The first thing you'll notice about the 2013 Lexus ES 350 is that it has fallen in step with the rest of the family from a design standpoint. No longer sporting a simple yet boring face, the all-new ES 350 gets a needed touch of stylistic aggression. Bright LED daytime running lamps set the stage for a great first impression, while a pair of sporty dual exhaust outlets complete the look out back. From the side, the wheel wells can be filled out nicely with the optional set of 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels.
While it's nice that the outside has been brought up to date, it's even better to see that the interior has been given a much needed update. The last-generation Lexus ES suffered from a bland cabin space more suited to a vehicle with a much smaller price tag. Now, however, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 boasts a well designed cockpit outfitted with an excellent mix of wood, leather, and modern gadgetry.
It's not all about getting a taste of luxury though, because the engine and transmission in the 2013 ES 350 offer up a compelling package for enthusiasts as well. Under the hood sits a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is rated to produce 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The Drive Mode selector allows the person in the important seat to choose between Normal, Eco, and Sport driving modes. Hit the button to engage Sport, and you'll be excited that the sixth-generation ES 350 has finally arrived.