Lexus ES Reviews
The five-seater sedan Lexus ES 300 was firstly shown in the summer, 1991. The car was constructed on the platform of Toyota Camry. And this vehicle had been the most affordable car Lexus for long time.
In 1997, the Lexus ES 300 was restyled. A grille was smaller, narrow headlights were stretched on half a hood, applying the side fenders. Door windows of Lexus ES 300 have no frames in sports style.
The curb weight is 1520 kg. The driving force is the 3 liter 24-valve V6 engine with the output of 223 hp. The engine has alloy cylinder heads and an electronic injection. It accelerates to 100km/h for 7.7 seconds.
The engine is aggregated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The front independent suspension has shock absorber struts and triangular arms and the rear one has long transverse arms. Front and rear shock absorbers of rolling stability. The standard equipment includes the front (aerated) and rear disc brakes with ABS.
Lexus ES 300 was updated in 1999. First of all the engine was changed. It was equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and a three-stage intake manifold with separate exhaust system (for each bank of cylinders). The output of the power-generating set increased to 213 hp. There was the traction control system of the drive wheels as an addition to the 4-step automatic gearbox.
In 2000 the exterior and interior were changed. A vehicle could be equipped with Vehicle Stability Control and BASS brake system.
Lexus ES 300 2002 became noticeably more spacious, as compared with its predecessor, the wheelbase was augmented by 5 cm, and the height - by 6 cm. For improving the comfort the experts Lexus used new sound-absorbing materials, adjusted the suspension, improved controllability by the high steadiness of driving.
The high quality leather, wood and aluminum are dominated in the interior.
The distinguishing feature of Lexus is a long list of standard equipment. ES 300 includes: the system of automatic turning on headlights, black-outing electrochromic rear view mirrors, electrically adjustable front seats, a trip computer with a multifunctional display, the climate control system with separate settings for a driver and passengers, the cruise control system, and the basic audio system with a five-channel amplifier and 7-speakers . There is a wide range of features: xenon headlights, a rain sensor, the navigation system, the memory system of seats and mirrors settings, a sunroof, an electric rear window curtain, the audio system “Mark Levinson”, CD-changer, adjustable pedals, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and Vehicle Stability Control.
The body construction with increased rigidity of a passenger compartment and front and rear zones of coded deformation is a good safeguard. The basic packaging arrangement is equipped with air curtains and front side airbags, the density of front airbags depends on the collision and the weight of the passengers.
Safety is provided by ABS, Brake Assist and VSC systems.
There is a 3 liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and a new five-speed automatic gearbox with electronic control under the hood. The output of 210 hp allows accelerating a car to 225 km/h. and the coefficient of drag is Cd 0.28.
This vehicle is made a driver and passengers feel comfortable.
Lexus ES 2005 is promised to be more fashionable, comfortable and equipped.
There is a new grille with additional horizontal rails and halogen headlights. Fog headlights became rounder and bigger. There is a new steering wheel with audio controls and a display, a navigation system with voice control, other new technical features inside of a car. Lexus also offers the rear-wheel drive vehicle for racing amateurs.
ES330 has four new body colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Blue Shale Mica, Gold Pearl Sonora and Green Pearl Oasis. A cabin will be either beige or gray now instead of ivory and charcoal. A dashboard is a silver-gray color, and all the buttons and knobs are an interior color.
A CD-changer for six discs is built into the center console but the basic packaging arrangement will have a smart audio system Mark Levinson with 7 speakers, a five-channel amplifier and an automatic volume control, depending on the noise inside of a car. The new ES 330 is equipped with Adaptive Variable Suspension as an option that was previously only in more expensive models. AVS allows changing the suspension settings from hard sporty driving to soft comfortable driving.
Now the basic packaging arrangement includes the black-outing sunroof, a multifunction trip computer, automatic black-outing of rear-view mirrors and there is a compass in the rear-view mirror. All door windows have an electric one-touch opening and an obstruction sensor. There are the lightning of threshold and land near the door and a waterproof coating of front door windows.
ES330 may be equipped with summer or all-season tires 215/55-VR17. New silver and chrome 6-spoke 17-inch wheels add a car the sports style. The list of new features includes heating and ventilation passenger seats, the system memory of mirrors and seats settings and by the way there are 8 settings of a passenger seat and 10 of a driver’s. When changing the reverse gear the side mirrors automatically pass into the mode of convenient parking.
Let’s talk about the safety. As compared to the previous generation ES330 acquired pre-tensioner seat belts, additional side airbag curtains to two front and two side airbags of the front seats. Improved front airbags open in different ways, depending on the force of an impact. The sensor of the driver's airbag also takes into account of a distance of the driver's seat from the steering wheel and the sensor of the passenger seat determines who is in the seat – an adult or a child. The ABS, EBD and VSC systems are the regularity of Lexus ES 330.
There are a 3.3-liter 4-valve V6 engine of the output of 225 hp and a five-speed automatic transmission under the hood.
In the first place cosmetic renewals of the exterior are insignificant. There is a small change of the aerodynamics, updated fog lamps, but the grille and headlights are remained virtually unchanged. There are turn signals on the door mirrors, a shape of back lights are slightly changed. The key elements of the car design are an elongated hood, a moved back line of the body, short overhangs and the elegant line of a trunk. The characteristic low position of a grille and radial outlines, give the vehicle the dynamic look, and a pronounced beltline creates a powerful and muscular silhouette. The car is notable for an elegant and sporty look and characterized by a spacious cabin both in front and from behind.
Lexus ES 350 of 2010 is designed to meet all customers’ needs to ensure their safety and comfort. The spacious and noiseless cabin is notable for the exceptional luxury: the cabin of a vehicle is made of high quality materials and innovative equipments. The interior of ES 350 2010 is almost unchanged, except control buttons on the steering wheel were slightly modified.
The front-wheel drive Lexus ES 350 of 2010 is equipped with whole-aluminum construction of a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox with the sequential shift mode. The maximum torque is 346 Nm at 4700 rev/min., the maximum output is 277 hp at 6200 rev/min. Lexus ES 350 accelerates to 100 km/h for 7 seconds and has a high speed of 230 km/h. the manufacturer achieved a smooth linear acceleration and at the same time the extremely low fuel consumption. The transmission is endowed with “intelligence”: the electronics adjusted the mode of gearbox relying on the quality of the road surface and the driving.
There are two available packaging arrangements of Lexus ES 350: Comfort and Luxury. The basic packaging arrangement Comfort includes ABS, the stabilization system, the power steering, the leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats equipped with the system of memory settings, full options, cruise control, keyless access and engine start button, rain and light sensors, bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control with automatic recirculation and dust filter, multifunction display, an audio system with 8-speakers and a CD-changer for 6 CDs, Bluetooth for wireless connection to a mobile phone and USB-plug for MP3-player or other device, parking sensors and other facilities for comfort and safety.
The Luxury picking is added by inserts of wood, soft leather semi-aniline, panoramic sunroof, special designed alloy wheels, the premium audio system Mark Levinson with DVD-changer for 6 CDs and 14-speakers, supporting 7.1-channel audio, navigation system with hard disc and the rear view camera.
ES 350 has ten exterior colors. The color of ES 350 Comfort interior may be a black, beige or light gray leather, the color of Luxury – a black light gray or beige high-quality semi-aniline leather in combination with inserts of walnut or maple wood.
Advanced systems, such as 10 airbags, including side airbags of rear seats and knee airbags for a driver and a front passenger, pre-tensioner seat belts, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, adaptive road lighting and energy-absorbing body structure provide the highest standard of safety for the driver and passengers of ES 350.
In 2012 the International Auto Show in New York was a place of the debut of the sixth generation of the model. The vehicle is based on the Toyota Camry of 2012 platform, as compared with its predecessor the length of the sedan has grown by 25 mm (to 4,895 mm) and the wheelbase by 35 mm (to 2819 mm). Owing to it space for the rear passengers noticeably increased.
Lexus ES of 2012 got a brand new grille in the form of an hourglass; headlights with LED sections, narrow back lights and a highly inclined rear strut give the car a headlong look. ES 350 has a dual exhaust, and the exhaust of hybrid 300h is the hidden, but the deck lid of a vehicle is decorated with an elegant spoiler. The standard Lexus ES of 2013 is equipped with low rolling resistance tires of 215/55 on 17-inch alloy wheels. 18-inch wheels are available as an option.
The cabin became more spacious. There is wood trim with metal accents and an infotainment system with the technology of Remote Touch Interface inside of a car. A 7-inch screen of multimedia system Lexus Enform is over the center console and a mechanical watch is under it. The interior is available with a dark or light gray finish. The sedan has excellent visibility, all the control items are placed in their right places, and the silence is provided by modified noise insulation inside of a car. The steering angle is reduced from 24 to 22 degrees for more natural control. The rear foot space is increased by 10 inches. The seats have special upholstery of new material NuLuxe.
You can listen to music from the built-in hard disc. The standard sound system consists of 8-speakers, but it can be ordered the branded acoustics Mark Levinson with 15-speakers as an option.
Engineers Lexus designed for ES two power-generating sets. The first one is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox, transmitting the traction to the front axle. For the first time in the history of production of the model it will have a hybrid set. ES 300h is equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine running on the Atkinson cycle and an electric motor. With combined cycle, the average fuel consumption of a hybrid is 5.9 liters per hundred kilometers. Lexus ES 300h has a four drive modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. With EV mode the car uses only charge of the traction battery without the intervention of the internal combustion engine and the Sport mode reveals in detail all dynamic features of hybrid power-generating set.
A suspension and steering provide Lexus ES good road conducts and perfected controllability. The rear suspension is equipped with gas-pressurized shock absorbers, promoting to the comfort inside of a vehicle, the body is made of lightweight but rigid steel that allowed reducing the weight by 90 kilograms without prejudice to the reliability of the sedan.
Safety Systems of Lexus ES detect obstacles on the road and monitor blind spots on each side of a car, avoiding any collisions. The standard packaging arrangement of a sedan is equipped with ten airbags, including airbags for driver’s and a front passenger’s knees, airbag curtains for the second row seats. The new Lexus has an emergency button helps the emergency services to determine the location of the vehicle.
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