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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 Lexus ES Review

The Lexus ES – also known as the ES 350 – has a roomy interior, a plush ride, and a potent V6 drivetrain. Excellent reliability and safety ratings help push this upscale midsize car toward the top of the class. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Well-built, comfortable interior
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Powerful V6
  • Pleasant ride quality

 

 

  • Frustrating infotainment controller

 

2015 Lexus ES Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus ES a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Lexus ES is a great option if you’re shopping for an upscale midsize car that puts an emphasis on comfort. It’s far from the sportiest luxury sedan in its class, but the ES impresses with its pillow-soft ride, spacious and quiet cabin, and clean-cut looks inside and out. Better still, the ES rates among the best in its class for reliability and safety.

Used 2015 Lexus ES Performance and Interior

The Lexus ES 350 has a 268-horsepower V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The refined engine operates smoothly and provides ample muscle to zip the sedan up to speed quickly. The transmission is also well-mannered, delivering prompt, seamless gear changes. The ES 350 achieves a decent 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

The ES has a silky smooth ride quality. The suspension sops up bumps and dips in the road with poise and provides sure-footed handling at higher speeds. Precise steering and well-controlled body motions keep the ES composed through turns.

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The five-seat Lexus ES impresses with its premium interior. The cabin is well-insulated from road and wind noise, and material fit-and-finish is excellent. The dashboard benefits from a clean, elegant design. The comfortable, supportive front seats offer generous head- and legroom. The rear seats are especially roomy; even tall passengers can find ample space in back. Leatherette upholstery is standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. The ES’ trunk holds 15.2 cubic feet of cargo, which is average for the class. There’s a pass-through for fitting longer items in the trunk, but the rear seats don’t fold down.

Lexus equips all ES sedans with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a USB input, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free (voice recognition with iPhone connectivity), and support for Toyota’s Enform Remote app. The app allows drivers to remotely lock, unlock, locate, or adjust the climate control of their car. The standard infotainment system can be operated using steering wheel and console buttons, as well as a rotary dial near the gear shifter. Its functions are fairly limited, but it’s easy to use. The available Remote Touch interface isn’t so user-friendly, however. It replaces the rotary dial with a mouselike controller, which guides a cursor on the screen. It can be awkward to use when driving, and it’s equipped in models with navigation. Available features include an app suite (with Bing, Pandora, and more) and an excellent 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system.

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Used 2015 Lexus ES Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lexus ES 350 averages about $27,400. Used prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We researched 27 reviews of the Lexus ES alongside hard data points like safety scores and ownership costs to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES 350 has excellent predicted reliability, earning a score of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the ES?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Lexus ES 350 a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four out of five stars in rollover crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the ES 350 a Good rating, the highest score offered, in all four areas tested.

All Lexus ES 350 sedans are equipped with a rearview camera as standard equipment. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and Lexus’ Pre-Collision System. This system includes adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake assist (applies the brakes if the driver fails to do so).

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Should I Consider Another Used ES?

The 2015 Lexus ES marks the third model year of the vehicle’s sixth generation. Updates for 2015 included the addition of a standard rearview camera and a new Enform smartphone app. The ES 350 was otherwise unchanged, so you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at much lower prices.

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Which Used Lexus ES Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the 2015 ES sedan in one trim level: ES 350. Standard features include a 7-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, keyless entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, and a moonroof. Options include a navigation system, a leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a power rear sunshade, and a suite of advanced safety features.

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car powertrain warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus ES and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES or 2015 Lexus GS?

The 2015 Lexus GS and ES have much in common. Both offer great reliability, potent V6 engines, a luxe cabin, and the same advanced safety features. The core difference between these midsize sedans is how they drive. The GS, available in rear- and all-wheel drive, gives up some ride comfort for sharper driving dynamics. The front-wheel-drive ES shifts the focus back to ride quality. Both are great options, but the ES offers more rear-seat space and typically costs less.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES or 2015 Lexus IS?

The 2015 Lexus IS, an upscale small car, shares the well-balanced handling of the larger GS sedan. Unless you want the IS’ sports car performance, however, the ES is the better buy. The ES rates higher in reliability, offers a roomier cabin, and delivers a smoother ride. Used models are often available within the same price range, and both offer a long list of advanced safety features.

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

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is the corporate cousin of the Lexus ES. Both sedans have high reliability ratings, roomy interiors, smooth handling, and the same V6 engine. Still, the Avalon is the better buy. Not only are used models typically much less expensive, but the Avalon’s touch screen is easier to use. There’s little difference in material quality between these two cars.

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