2018 Lexus ES

The Lexus ES class continues to deliver in the mid-size sedan class, and at a moderate price point as well.

With the comprehensive upgrades that were introduced last year, there are minimal modifications to the 2018 version. The ES, both the 350 and the 300h hybrid, offer Standard, Premier, and Ultra Luxury models. In a change from previous years, the Premium package replaces the Premier trim. The front- end styling has been slighted altered to offer a more stylized and contemporary profile, which is one of the minor alterations to the ES' appearance. Read on to learn more about the 2018 Lexus ES mid-size sedan.

There are two engine types available in 2018, the standard 3.5-litre V6 and the optional Toyota manufactured hybrid.

This 2.5-litre 4 cylinder allows for electric-only driving for short periods. While the V6 receives no complaints, the hybrid is noted to be merely acceptable in its acceleration, although this shortcoming is likely offset by the impressive fuel efficiency, especially in this size class. The middle of the range Premier is the front-runner for the ES class and is expected to be the most popular model for the 2018 year.

While the ES hits a lot of high notes, the entertainment and audio systems which some have found lacking. The system is surprisingly not fully-integrated and there is no compatibility with either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which is unusual across all 2018 models.

The Lexus Remote Touch also receives some complaints due to its clunky interface and use of an outmoded mouse-like point and click system. It is surprising that this system has not been updated as many consider it to be the height of distracted driving. The quality of the system, excepting the interface, is high and it is hoped that Lexus update the Remote Touch in the near future.

Whatever weak points may be present in the ES there are nothing but raves for the interior.

The seating does truly fit five adults with sufficient room in the center. The engine noise is minimal, especially with the hybrid, and the cabin is also well-appointed using top materials. Many reviewers found the breadth of the wood finish options to be well above what is offered in even more expensive models.The ride is smooth and comfortable and the like all Lexus vehicles, the ES is reliable and performs at an impressive level for years after its driven off the lot.

If you are looking for a moderately priced mid-sized sedan, the 2018 Lexus ES is a good option.

This may not be the model for technophiles that expect a state of the art interface for their infotainment system, but that is really the only substantial complaint with this model. Lexus is known for its reliability and high resale value, and the ES enjoys all of the perks of the brand while remaining reasonably priced. The interior is well-appointed and comfortable, with very little engine noise adding to the enjoyment of the driving experience.