Lexus ES Interior
With leather and plush seating, reviewers almost universally describe the cabin of the ES as extremely quiet and comfortable. The level of soft comfort provided by the car causes Car and Driver to call the ES "the closest thing to driving a Sealy Posturepedic."
The ES 350's smooth ride also contributes to an overall feeling of quality in the passenger cabin design. A large interior for its class, plush materials and intuitive controls make the inside of the ES inviting. The Family Car notes, "the look and feel of quality materials is evident everywhere. Lavish interior appointments, sound-deadening materials and an excellent sound system combine to give driver and passengers alike a relaxed and comfortable travel experience."
The ES provides more space than many other midsize luxury sedans, and reviewers found sitting in the cabin to be a pleasant experience. Ten-way power seats for the driver and front passenger are standard. AutoMedia.com says, "If you can't find a comfort zone with the 10-way power seats, you aren't trying very hard."
Rear legroom is a roomy 35.9 inches with 36.8 inches of headroom, making the backseat a comfy perch for anyone but the tallest of passengers. All of that extra room is thanks to an increase in size of two inches in length and one inch in width over earlier ES models, "making the back seat a comfortable place to be, with lots of legroom -- unless you're stuck in the middle," according to the Rocky Mount Telegram. The reviewer then continues, "The [optional] panorama glass roof that extends the length of the car snuffs any notion of claustrophobia." Just over 37 inches of headroom in the front and 42.2 inches of legroom allow for optimal driving position for even the tallest motorists.
The interior of the ES comes standard with features like walnut trim on the dash and doors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, automatic dual zone climate control, and a trip computer. Other standards include a Homelink (garage door and lights) system and an eight-speaker Lexus premium sound system with single disc in-dash CD player. All of these features are thoughtfully placed. "Nothing spoils the elegance of the interior. Nothing seems out of place or thoughtless ... Nothing was complicated to operate, despite layers of advanced technology," writes USA TODAY.
Stereo and Entertainment
For those who don't mind driving with distraction, the ES can provide them. Upgrading to the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System Package equips the ES with a voice-activated DVD navigation system that includes a back-up camera and Bluetooth technology. It also adds a 300-watt 14-speaker Mark Levinson® audio system that Automobile Magazine says, "should impress even the geekiest audiophiles." The stereo includes an in-dash six CD changer and DVD audio playback.
Over 14 cubic feet of space in the trunk provides ample storage. Combined with the smooth and quiet ride, cargo space is one of the reasons reviewers found the ES to be a good car for road trips.