Lexus ES 350

The fifth generation ES was premiered at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006, featuring an all-new body in the style of Lexus' new design philosophy, L-finesse. The new design is sleeker than its predecessor, with a streamlined cabin and character lines across the hood, fenders, and rear. The Lexus emblem has finally returned to the grille for the first time since the first generation, and is now placed at the center of a five-bar horizontal grille. This may seem insignificant, but it is really the first step in bringing the Lexus brand back in style. The vehicle also no longer shares its body style with Japanese market models, which has allowed it to be classified as unique. The engine is the 272 hp aluminum 3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 engine with variable valve timing. Lexus estimated that this combination will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, but actual tests have been better than expected. In fact, they have found that the ES 350 is one of the fastest entry-level luxury sedans available today. Acceleration times has been acquired in as little as 6.2 seconds by auto magazines, and the car shows a strong point of high-end power as it clears the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds. By the time the car crosses the quarter mile mark, it is traveling just under 100mph. Many might then be wondering about the fuel efficiency of the ES 350. Fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway which is alright for this type of performance auto. The ES 350 arrived at U.S. dealerships in late April 2006 as a 2007 model. That year, the ES 350 was launched in North America, the Middle East and Asia. Oddly enough, despite being built at the Kyushu plant in Fukuoka, Japan, the ES 350 was not sold in the Japanese market.