Despite a long run of bad press--much of it undeserved--Lexus continues to turn out fine vehicles. The 2011 Lexus ES 350 isn't the most high-end of these, but it is one of the most familiar. It's also a subtle, laid-back luxury sedan, and while that has broad appeal, we like our cars to have a little more character. Accordingly, MotorAuthority rates the 2011 ES 350 6 out of 10.
Performance and 2011 Lexus ES 350 are rarely found in the same sentence. Its 272-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 is certainly up to the task of traffic merges and passing acceleration, but there's nothing enthralling about its operation.
Handling isn't a strong suit of the ES 350 either. It offers a very comfortable, controlled, and not at all floaty ride, but it's clearly a setup that prioritizes serenity over sharpness. The steering is light and detached, the body rolls heavily when pushed hard through a bend, and the tires will squeal at the least provocation. The steering, despite its light, detached feel, also...
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