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in Used Upscale Midsize Cars $25K and up

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MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Lexus ES Review

Review Last Updated: 10/28/14

The completely redesigned 2013 Lexus ES has one of the highest reliability ratings its class, but reviewers said it isn't very fun to drive.

Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Lexus ES 350’s standard V6 engine delivers strong acceleration from a stop. Some said the ES’ standard six-speed automatic transmission changes gears swiftly, though others mentioned that it isn’t as responsive as the eight-speed transmissions used in some rivals. According to the EPA, the 2013 Lexus ES 350 gets 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for a six-cylinder upscale midsize car. Most reviewers agreed that the Lexus ES has a comfortable ride, but many complained that it has numb steering and soft handling, and as a result isn't much fun to drive.

Most automotive journalists remarked that the redesigned 2013 Lexus ES has a sharp interior design. They said the ES has superb build quality, though some pointed out that the quality of the materials could be better, especially in lower trims. The ES’ generous rear-seat legroom earned reviewer praise, and the ES has one of the largest trunks in the class at 15.2 cubic feet. Standard features in the 2013 Lexus ES 350 include a moonroof, proximity key, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, a USB/iPod input and satellite radio. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth and navigation with Lexus' Remote Touch controller. Some test drivers complained that the Remote Touch system is difficult to use, and that certain functions, such as radio presets, are limited or unavailable when the ES is moving.

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers said the 2013 Acura TL has a spacious back seat and agile handling, especially when equipped with all-wheel drive. When it was new, the TL was named our 2013 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families.

Reviewers wrote that the 2013 Cadillac CTS has sharp steering and a luxurious interior with top-notch materials. Like the ES, it also has a superb reliability rating.

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