How does it look?
Lexus says the ES 350 features extensive use of its “L-Finesse” design language. That sounds like marketing jargon to us, but it seems to work. The ES is a bit chunky from some angles, particularly from the rear three-quarters view and the nose is a bit too snout-ish for us, but overall the look says upscale elegance, not leather-lined Camry.
Inoffensive from every angle, the ES is hardly a memorable design – but that’s probably just fine with most buyers seeking to blend in a bit, especially given Lexus’ subdued color choices. Any shade of gray or tan – hey, at least it’s easy to keep it looking clean.
Our press fleet tester’s glossy black roof came courtesy of its optional panoramic moonroof and in combination with the dark tinted windows installed by Lexus’ Southern United States distributor and the light paint scheme, the ES had an almost futuristic look.
For us, the biggest gripes were the dark-finish 17-inch alloy wheels with low profile tires and dual exhaust outlets that promised sportiness that the ES simply doesn’t try to deliver.
Headlight aim (vehicles with discharge headlights)
Vertical movement adjusting bolts 1. Adjustment bolt A. 2. Adjustment bolt B. Before checking the headlight aim 1. Make sure the vehicle has a full tank of gas and the area around the headlight ...
Cargo and luggage
Take notice of the following information about storage precautions, cargo capacity and load. Stow cargo and luggage in the trunk whenever possible. Be sure all items are secured in place. - Be car ...
Pull out the hooks to hang coats or other soft items. CAUTION: Items that must not be hung on the hook Do not hang a coat hanger or other hard or sharp object on the hook. If the SRS curtain shi ...