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MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Lexus ES Review

Review Last Updated: 7/18/12

The 2010 Lexus ES is no sport sedan, but it offers one of the most supple rides and plush interiors among all 2010 midsize sedans. Combined with an exceptional reliability score, the ES 350 is a top choice for anyone looking for a comfortable cruiser.

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When it was new, critics praised the 2010 ES 350 for its high-quality interior and graceful suspension. It probably won’t appeal to driving enthusiasts, but anyone seeking a car that coddles its occupants need not look any further. The ES also has the best reliability score in its class, shared only with the 2010 Lincoln MKZ, but its safety score is low. The ES received some minor interior and exterior updates for 2010, including revised styling, interior trim and updated technology.

The front-wheel drive ES 350 is powered by a 272-horsepower V6 engine. Although the ES isn’t a performance car, most critics said it does feel fairly quick, and noted the smoothness of its powertrain. The Lexus ES earns a fuel economy rating of 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. In its trunk, the ES can carry up to 14.8 cubic feet of cargo, which is fairly good. 

Inside, the ES drew rave reviews for its use of premium materials, good fit and finish and isolation from outside noise and road imperfections. Critics said the standard leather seats are very comfortable and that front and rear passengers have plenty of legroom. The base ES 350 also comes better equipped than most of its rivals. Standard features include a power sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, satellite radio and an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port. Major options when it was new included a power rear sunshade, Mark Levinson stereo, backup camera, parking sensors and panoramic sunroof. Adaptive cruise control and a bevy of other safety features are also available. If you can do without the Lexus badge and want to save some money, you might want to consider a fully-loaded 2010 Toyota Camry, which the ES 350 is based on.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Acura TL can be configured as either a comfortable cruiser or an agile sport sedan, which broadens its appeal to driving enthusiasts. Keep in mind that while critics said its cabin is high-quality, it leans more toward modern and high-tech rather than the ES 350’s welcoming and airy accommodations. The ES also has a slightly higher reliability score than the TL. However, the Acura earns better safety ratings.

Critics regarded the 2010 Lincoln MKZ as a comfortable sedan with a nice interior and a comfortable ride, so in that respect, it's quite similar to the ES 350. However, the MKZ is available with all-wheel drive, and its trunk is a bit larger than the ES’s trunk, which may appeal to families. The MKZ also matches the ES 350’s exceptional reliability score, but it performed better in crash tests.

Compare the ES to the TL and MKZ »