2018 Lexus ES 350
2018 Lexus ES 350
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 puts Lexus in the distinct position of offering two unique approaches to the entry-luxury category. The 2018 Lexus ES 350, with front-wheel drive traction, focuses on flagship-type comfort — including 40 in. of rear seat legroom — while the sporty IS models put more emphasis on driving performance. Two different models, two sets of priorities, no compromises.
The 2018 Lexus ES 350 delivers strong and efficient performance from a standard 268-hp 3.5L V6 engine, on regular-grade gas. It’s teamed to an ultra-smooth six-speed automatic transmission.
Bringing to bear a series of advanced technologies, Lexus Safety System+ is designed to help the driver avoid collisions, or mitigate their impacts. High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control works at speeds over 25 mph. It tracks the speed of the vehicle traveling ahead and can adjust the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance.
Pre-Collision System can detect vehicles — and in certain conditions, a pedestrian by using a
combination of mm-wave radar and a front-facing camera. The system can warn the driver of a possible collision and can initiate automatic braking with Brake Assist if necessary.
Using a camera to detect visible lane markings, Lane Departure Alert is designed to convey audio-visual alerts and vibrate the steering wheel if it determines that the driver unintentionally deviated from the lane. Lane Departure Alert, with Steering Assist, can help the vehicle stay in its lane by smoothly increasing steering torque by a small amount.
Intelligent High Beam technology senses headlights from oncoming traffic and the taillights of the vehicle traveling in front, automatically adjusting high- and low-beam illumination.
Available with all packages, the BSM (Blind Spot Monitor) with RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and alert the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking space.
The Lexus Definition of Entry Luxury
The 2018 LexusES 350 upholds that Lexus tradition with a rear seat offering 40 in. of legroom. The standard equipment roster is likewise generous with 10-way adjustable power front seats; automatic climate control; NuLuxe perforated upholstery with Illustrious Piano Black ornamentation; a power tilt-and-slide moonroof; power-adjustable outside mirrors with turn signals and defoggers; remote-linked power window and moonroof opening and Lexus Personalized Settings to customize select electronic functions.
Additional available interior trims include Espresso Bird’s Eye Maple, Bamboo with a matte finish, and a new Noble Brown interior paired with Linear Dark Mocha wood trim. Premier, Luxury and Ultra Luxury Packages present a tiered approach to adding optional amenities. The Luxury packages add wood trim on the center console and cup holder area and an embossed stitching pattern on the seats. The optional Panoramic Roof is available with all packages.
All nine of the 2018 Lexus ES 350’s metallic, pearl and mica exterior paint colors use self-healing clear coat technology — and do not cost extra.
Informing and Entertaining
With smartphones and tablets so prevalent, Lexus used that paradigm for operating its Display Audio system and the Lexus Enform family of information and connectivity services. The 2018 Lexus ES 350 includes the Scout GPS Link with its standard Lexus Display Audio system, which features an eight in. screen and includes HD Radio, Bluetooth audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. The cache radio feature lets you pause live broadcasts for up to 15-minutes.
With Lexus Enform Remote, the customer can remotely view and control certain aspects of the vehicle using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Once registered, the app can operate remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect provides access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365 with a mobile connection. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, the ES 350 can alert you to specific factory-recommended maintenance and simultaneously alerting your preferred Lexus retailer.
Adding the optional Navigation Package brings an array of valuable services to the 2018 Lexus ES 350 in the form of the Lexus Enform App Suite. This veritable in-car personal concierge includes Lexus Enform Destination Assist. Use voice-enabled apps to search the Internet through Destination Search, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, listen to Internet radio, and search business reviews on Yelp.
The eight in. screen can be divided into up to three sections to show different functions simultaneously. The navigation system itself provides 3D map with bird’s eye views, predictive traffic information, detour preview, ETA calculation and fuel station locations. Putting numerous vehicle system controls at your fingertips, the available second-generation RTI (Remote Touch Interface) is the easiest way to access multimedia in the 2018 Lexus ES 350. The computer mouse-like controller on the center console can operate the climate control, phone, audio system, optional navigation system and more. Menus appear in the Display Audio screen. The "Back" button makes using the RTI even easier. iPhone users have yet another control option, with Siri Eyes Free Mode. Make calls, select songs from iTunes, get turn-by-turn navigation through Apple maps, and much more, all by asking Siri.
Premium Sound, a Lexus Tradition
The 2018 Lexus ES 350’s standard eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System offers USB/iPod connectivity, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth audio streaming, and an integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver.
Once again, pinnacle audio performance in the Lexus ES 350 2018 comes from the Mark Levinson Premium Sound system, available in conjunction with any option package. Powering 15 speakers with 835-watts, the system turns the car into a private listening room. Borrowing from high-end home audio, Clari-Fi technology can enhance the sound of compressed digital audio.