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2017 Lexus ES Review

The 2017 Lexus ES is one of our top-ranked luxury midsize cars. It has a smooth ride and a quiet cabin with plenty of space and comfortable seats. It also earns a perfect predicted reliability rating. However, it’s not as sporty as some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Good safety scores
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Not as agile as rivals

New for 2017

  • Standard advanced safety features added
  • Revised infotainment interface




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Lexus ES Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus ES a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Lexus ES is an excellent choice among used luxury midsize cars. It has a long list of standard active safety features and above-average cargo space. Its low projected operating costs are especially notable. However, the standard infotainment system is frustrating to use, and the upgraded system doesn’t improve matters.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 35 professional evaluations for this 2017 Lexus ES review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Lexus ES?

Our site has more than 300 listings for the 2017 ES, with prices ranging from about $32,000 to roughly $41,000. The average price is about $36,500. How much you pay varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus ES Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus ES are estimated to be about $24,549. That’s well below average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New ES?

The 2019 Lexus ES (starting at $39,500) is fully redesigned with additional standard safety features, a stronger base engine, a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and improved handling. These new models also offer connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. The latter allows you to use natural-voice commands and communicate with home-enabled Alexa devices from your car. You can certainly save money with a 2017 ES, especially if you’re shopping base models. However, the 2019 model is a better vehicle and worth the extra money.

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There are only a few new luxury midsize sedans with lower starting prices than the 2017 Lexus ES’ average price. However, these models are ranked much lower than the ES. For worthwhile new-car alternatives, turn to the new luxury small cars segment. There, you’ll find many top-rated new cars to choose from, including the 2018 Kia Stinger (starting at $31,900), 2018 Audi A4 ($36,000), 2018 Cadillac ATS ($35,495), and 2018 BMW 2-Series ($34,950).

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Which Model Year of the Lexus ES Is Best?

Lexus redesigned the ES for the 2013 model year. Later, for 2016, the ES received exterior and interior styling changes. However, numerous active safety features – like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control – became standard for 2017. That makes the 2017 Lexus ES a compelling choice.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus ES?

The 2017 Lexus ES has a perfect predicted reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus ES Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Lexus ES has one recall for loose lug nuts that may cause tire rod separation. Be sure this is addressed before buying your ES.

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Which Used Lexus ES Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 ES comes in a single trim level, but there are a number of packages and stand-alone options that up the luxury quotient. Think the four major packages – Premium, Navigation, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury – like trims, since they build on each other as you go up the lineup.

The base set up will be enough for many buyers. Standard features include an 8-inch display, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for phone calls and audio streaming, a USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. Stand-alone options include a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof, a power rear sunshade, keyless trunk entry, and LED headlamps.

The Premium package offers upgraded interior wood trim, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and remote keyless entry. The Navigation package has all the offerings of the Premium package, plus a wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, the Remote Touch system, a navigation system with the Lexus Enform app suite, and voice command. The Luxury package builds on the Navigation package and offers leather-trimmed seats, wood accents for the console, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. The Ultra Luxury package builds off both the Premium and Luxury packages, adding perforated leather interior trim, a power rear sunshade, a driver’s seat power cushion extender, and ambient interior lighting.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the ES?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus ES a Top Safety Pick+, which is the agency’s highest designation. The ES also earned the top score of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 ES five out of five stars in the side crash test, and four stars for the frontal and rollover tests.

The 2017 ES comes with plenty of driver assistance features as standard equipment. All models come with a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel parking assistance.

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2017 Lexus ES Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus ES or 2017 Acura TLX?

Although the 2017 Acura TLX appears to be similar to the Lexus ES on the surface, the ES is the better choice. It has much more passenger space and a larger trunk than the TLX. Also, the ES has more standard driver assistance features, like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. You can get the TLX with available all-wheel drive, but that one benefit doesn’t outweigh the ES’ long list of features. Skip the Acura, and go with the Lexus.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus ES or 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

There are three major differences between the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid and the gas-only ES: cargo space, fuel economy, and predicted operating costs. Like many hybrids, the ES Hybrid’s battery cuts into cargo space, limiting the ES Hybrid to just 12.1 cubic feet of space as opposed to 15.2 cubic feet in the nonhybrid ES. Otherwise, the ES Hybrid is the better choice. It returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best fuel economy numbers among luxury hybrid cars. Additionally, the 2017 ES Hybrid has lower five-year operating cost estimates than the regular ES by about $3,800.

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2017 ES Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus ES Drive?

The 2017 Lexus ES coddles you with a smooth ride that absorbs road imperfections well. The passenger cabin remains quiet thanks to exemplary sound insulation. As a daily driver, however, the front-wheel-drive ES is not particularly agile compared to rivals.

A 268-horsepower V6 engine powers the ES, and it comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The ES also has three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport. The Eco mode dulls throttle response to save fuel. In Sport mode, the transmission holds gears a bit longer for better power delivery.

Does the 2017 Lexus ES Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Lexus ES’ fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway are about average for the luxury midsize car class.

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2017 ES Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 ES Seat?

The 2017 ES seats up to five on standard leatherette upholstery. There’s ample room up front and spacious rear seats with abundant head- and legroom for adults. The ES has 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, a driver’s seat power cushion extender, as well as heated and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus ES?

The 2017 Lexus ES has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats. The middle seat has a tether-only connection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 ES’ LATCH system the top rating of Good for ease of use.

2017 Lexus ES Features

The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch display screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for calling and audio streaming, USB input, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. Available upgrades include a high-resolution display, navigation, Lexus' Remote Touch controller, the Enform app suite, and text messaging assistance. There's also an available 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound audio system.

Neither infotainment system is easy to use. Both interfaces have confounding menu structures. A joystick that moves the cursor on the screen further complicates the Remote Touch system. It is especially distracting to use while driving.

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2017 Lexus ES Dimensions

Lexus ES Cargo Space

The 2017 Lexus ES 350 has a 15.2-cubic-foot trunk, which is larger than average for the luxury midsize car class.

2017 ES Length and Weight

The 2017 Lexus ES is 16.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,571 to 3,682 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,696 to 4,740 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus ES Built?

Lexus manufactured the 2017 ES in Kentucky.


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