The 2012 Lexus ES 350 has strong, confident performance, provided the road is straight.Comfort and true luxury-car refinement are the priorities in the 2012 Lexus ES 350, so it should come as no surprise that performance takes second stage—except in straight-line acceleration, where it doesn't interfere.
In some ways the ES 350 is epitome of a classic luxury car—serene and soft, but not at all bouncy, with a powertrain that moves you along quickly but almost silently. The strong, 272-horsepower V-6 (which no longer requires premium fuel) is surprisingly responsive and satisfying in combination with the six-speed automatic transmission, and it can dash to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
Handling is competent and predictable, but the ES 350 steers with a light, detached feel and you'll feel no urge to drive it fast around corners, as there's lots of body roll and ample tire squeal. The steering's also a bit too light on center, which means you'll be making frequent adjustments on the highway. That said, you couldn't do much better for a highway cruiserThe 2012 Lexus ES 350 has an understated, urbane look and feel throughout.
Understated is probably the best way to sum up the ES 350’s design and styling. With modest roots—the Camry platform—the ES has a profile that’s conventional, almost plain.
With a little more chrome and some careful finessing of the details inside and out, Lexus sharpened this sedan a couple of years ago, but overall even though it’s not sharp-edged, particularly rakish, or daring, the ES 350 looks very much like a luxury good.
Inside, the ES 350 has an underlying design that's flowing but not curvaceous, and not really innovative or extroverted in any way. Cabin appointments that meet the traditional definition of luxury, with plush leather, nice wood trims, and just enough brightwork to top it off. Last year, Lexus touched up the look just a bit to make it warmer and softer, yet brighter, though it still feels quite conservative
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