2013 Lexus ES 350 Automatic V6 Sedan FWD 

  • $36k
  • 3.5L V6
  • 21 city 31 hwy
7.8 Out of 10
The 2013 ES models still wear a very conservative topcoat, but the cabin carries a refreshing contemporary luxury look and feel.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
Because really, after the important decisions have been made—Premium, Luxury, or neighbor-baiting Ultra Luxury trim; leather-wrapped or wood steering wheel; standard Lexus audio or the sonically accurate Mark Levinson system—need the harried young professional worry about anything else?
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)

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ES 350
GS 350
RX 350

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ES 350
24 MPG
RX 350
21 MPG

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ES 350

Reviews Word on the street for the Lexus ES

The 2013 Lexus ES sedans already have a strong reputation for interior comfort, and they’re coveted by those who want a plush interior, silky ride, and tight, quiet cabin.


The ES 350 has twin tailpipes peeking from beneath the bumper, while the ES 300h hybrid has just one that is hidden below a spoiler running under the bumper.


8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


And it winds through the gears of the six-speed automatic transmission with such a seamless flow of power that on a straight road the speed can creep up on you, more so than in performance models.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
The gasoline-only ES350 (Lexus is also offering a hybrid gasoline-electric variant this year) features a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 sending its power to the front wheels through an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2013)
Shifts are a little lumpier on gentle takeoffs, but this is one responsive, fine, and very refined powertrain.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)


Since its inception in 1989, the Lexus ES line has traded on its core values of composed practicality, restrained styling, and understated luxury.
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)
The comprehensive list included upgraded semi-aniline perforated leather, blind spot monitor, panorama moonroof, manual rear door window sunshades, Mark Levinson premium audio, Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar cruise control, power trunk, heated steering wheel and more.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2013)
To learn more about the all-new ES, and take our own taste of its goodness, we recently spent a week with the midsize luxury sedan in Southern California.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2013)


The engine is rated at 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2013)
Acceleration is, uh, pleasant, and torque steer is kept in reasonable check.
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)
Just as its predecessors, the 2013 Lexus ES clearly puts comfort above absolute performance.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)


The steering ratio of the electric power steering has been tightened up to 14.8:1 from the previous generation’s 16.1:1, making for less hand-over-hand action in the twisty bits and parking lots.
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)
The brakes are fine, as long as they are not overworked, and the steering is communicative, as long as one is not seeking road feel.
by AutoBlog (Jan, 2013)
Straight-line tracking is also greatly improved compared to the outgoing version, and the steering is weighted better, with a quicker ratio.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)


Whether you're interested in the V-6 ES 350 or the new ES 300h hybrid, these models really handle well enough for the 99 percent who don’t subscribe to the enthusiast vernacular of canyon roads and weekend track time.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
but because there’s so little engine noise the speed can creep up on you in deceptive ways.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
The mounts’ internal membrane is matched to the frequency of external vibrations and noise, reducing the amount of shake transferred to the body when engine speed is below 900 rpm.
by Car and Driver (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Lexus
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 361 miles
Highway range 533 miles
MSRP $36k
Annual cost $9,490

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension MacPherson strut
Front brakes 11.61 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.98 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 71.7 in
Front track width 62.6 in
Height 57.1 in
Ground clearance 6.1 in
Length 192.7 in
Wheelbase 111 in
Curb weight 3,549 lb
GVWR 4,696 pounds
Tow weight 1,000 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 52 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.2 g
Combined CO2/mile 362 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 115 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 3
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 54 tons

power & handling

Max torque 248 ft-lb @ 4,700 RPM
Max HP 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 13.24 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Standard
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional, $3,745
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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