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8.7

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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Lexus ES Review

The 2015 Lexus ES ranks in the top third of the luxury midsize car class. Its strong suits include a perfect reliability rating, a high safety score, and a ritzy interior. The ES also has a capable engine and a blissful ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Premium cabin
  • Powerful engine
  • Coddling ride
  • Available Remote Touch controller is distracting

New for 2015

  • Rearview camera became standard
  • Available Lexus Enform smartphone app

2015 Lexus ES Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus ES a Good Used Car?

The Lexus ES 350 is a great luxury midsize car. It prioritizes comfort over sportiness, delivering a pillowy ride in a quiet, elegant cabin. The standard V6 engine holds its own around town and on the highway. Inside, passengers have plenty of room to stretch out. Add in the ES 350’s top-notch reliability rating and high safety scores, and it’s not hard to see why this sedan appeals to so many people.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Lexus ES review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 31 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Lexus ES?

Our site has more than 1,550 listings for the 2015 Lexus ES. This vehicle has an average list price of $25,600, though prices range from $20,500 to $29,900 and vary depending on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus ES Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on this sedan are estimated to be around $26,650 over five years, or about $5,330 per year. That’s below average for the class. For example, those same five-year costs for the 2015 BMW 5 Series and 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class are projected to be around $6,420 and $7,930 higher, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New ES?

Lexus redesigned the ES for 2019. The new model offers a number of updates, including a stronger engine, a retuned suspension for better handling, a ton of standard safety features, and a larger trunk. These changes make the new Lexus a better vehicle, but if you’re looking to save money, a used model is still a decent pick.

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No new luxury midsize cars can compete with the average list price – or even the high-end price – of the 2015 ES.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus ES Is Best?

The 2015 ES belongs to a generation that spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. For 2016, Lexus refreshed the ES 350’s interior and exterior styling. The 2017 model gained several standard safety features, such as automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection (these features were available in 2016 models). The 2018 ES 350 saw no major changes, and Lexus fully redesigned the model for 2019.

If none of those updates matter to you, consider saving money with an older car. Otherwise the 2017 ES is a solid pick for the extra safety features it provides.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus ES?

J.D. Power gave the 2015 ES a perfect reliability rating of five out of five.

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2015 Lexus ES Recalls

At the time of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2015 ES. The available pre-collision warning system may cause the sedan to brake unexpectedly. Make sure this has been addressed before you buy this vehicle.

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Which Used Lexus ES Model Is Right for Me?

Lexus produced the 2015 ES sedan in a single trim level: ES 350. We review the Lexus ES Hybrid separately.

The standard Display Audio infotainment system features a 7-inch screen, a control knob, an eight-speaker premium sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. Standard features include proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, NuLuxe synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and alloy wheels.

Lexus offered several packages for the ES 350 when it was new. The Navigation package adds a navigation system, the Remote Touch controller, and the Lexus Enform App Suite for use with apps like iHeartRadio and Yelp. The Mark Levinson Audio package includes all of that plus a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system. The Luxury package includes leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats, and the Ultra Luxury package goes even further with semi-aniline leather upholstery, a power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a panoramic sunroof, and a power trunk lid.

Some models come with safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, a pre-collision warning and braking system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and adaptive headlights.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus ES Warranty

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus Certified Vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus offers one of the best certified pre-owned programs in the business.

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How Safe Is the ES?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 ES an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 ES the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested.

A rearview camera comes standard in every ES sedan. Available safety features include forward collision warning, brake assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Lexus ES Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES or 2015 Toyota Avalon?

Though it’s a nonluxury large car, the 2015 Toyota Avalon is the corporate cousin of the ES. Both sedans share the same potent powertrain and have smooth handling and similar fuel economy estimates. The Toyota has a quality cabin that rivals the Lexus’ for luxury. On top of that, the Toyota has a larger trunk and an easier-to-use infotainment system. On average, the Toyota's average price is $3,700 lower than that of the Lexus. For its part, the ES has higher safety and reliability ratings, as well as more standard features than the Toyota. Both of these are good cars, so the best choice comes down to your personal taste.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES or 2015 Acura TLX?

The Acura TLX is an OK luxury midsize car. It has a poor reliability rating and limited rear-seat headroom, but it also has brisk acceleration and a relaxing ride. You can also get all-wheel drive with the Acura – something the ES does not offer. On average, the TLX costs $4,200 less to buy than the ES. It’ll save you money at the pump too, both with its four-cylinder base engine and its V6. The Acura also has an available V6 that is stronger than the one you'll find standard in the Lexus. On the other hand, the ES has a higher safety score, and its top-notch reliability rating provides better peace of mind. If it’s in your budget, consider the ES. Otherwise the Acura is a decent pick. 

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2015 ES Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus ES Drive?

Powering every ES sedan is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is more than capable, providing quick acceleration and plenty of power for merging on the highway. The ES is an excellent cruiser too, with a comfortable ride and a suspension that easily soaks up road flaws. While it certainly isn’t the sportiest car in its class, it has precise steering and remains composed around turns. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

Does the 2015 Lexus ES Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Lexus gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are decent fuel economy estimates for the class.

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2015 ES Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 ES Seat?

This luxury sedan seats five people. NuLuxe synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a wood-and-leather-trimmed steering wheel with a heating function, and a power rear-window sunshade are available.

The front seats are supportive and offer plenty of space, and the rear seats have ample legroom even for taller adults. That said, headroom in the rear shrinks when you add the panoramic sunroof. This car is well-insulated from noise, providing a quiet ride on the highway. Its cabin is full of premium materials, with rich wood or bamboo trims upping the luxury factor.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors on each of the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2015 Lexus ES Features

The base ES 350 comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. A moonroof, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control are also standard.

A navigation system with the Remote Touch controller is available, as are a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium stereo, the Lexus Enform App Suite, and a panoramic moonroof.

The climate controls are simple to use, but the multitude of audio inputs make using the sound system more complex. On top of that, the available Remote Touch controller comes in every model equipped with a navigation system. It replaces the rotary dial control with a mouselike controller, and it can be frustrating to use, especially while on the move. For 2015, the ES was available with the Lexus Enform Remote, which is a smartphone app that can do things like remotely start, lock, and unlock the car.

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2015 Lexus ES Dimensions

Lexus ES Cargo Space

This luxury sedan has a 15.2 cubic-foot trunk, which is larger than what many luxury midsize cars offer, including the BMW 5-Series sedan.  

2015 ES Length and Weight

This vehicle measures about 16.1 feet long, and it has a curb weight of 3,549 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus ES Built?

Lexus manufactured the 2015 ES in Kentucky, alongside the 2015 Toyota Camry and 2015 Toyota Avalon.

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