The Lexus ES may pride itself primarily with its comfort and quietness, but it has also evolved to become a luxury sedan known for its exceptional package and performance—a natural progression if it were to continue courting the loyalty of a discerning audience. And then there’s the company’s resolve to always anticipate the needs of the user, which is what the brand calls its ‘omotenashi’—Japanese hospitality which means going above and beyond expectations.
Here are some facets of the ES which showcase the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of every car:
1 It has a low driver’s seat
The Lexus ES is built on the GA-K platform, which demonstrates high torsional rigidity and a low center of gravity. The platform/powertrain combination delivers a flawless, smooth ride, inheriting and further enhancing the DNA of past ES models. The low placement of the driver's seat (low hip point), a fully adjustable steering wheel, and the strategic positioning of the pedals help promote the optimal seating position for the driver.
2 It goes beyond its sleek silhouette
The exterior features a combination of a mesh pattern for the brand’s signature spindle grille, defined by a continuous flow of small "fin" shapes; the sharp, sculpted aerodynamic edges of the car's body; and newly designed headlamps with three compact LED lamps.
The interior is a customary spacious cabin. The center console and armrest flow into each other, while the upper/lower front seatbacks are designed to allow easy operation of the controls and viewing of the monitor which are all within reach. Rear seat passenger comfort has long been a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-generation model. Passengers are treated to an expansive atmosphere, thanks in parts to the generous legroom and seats designed for maximum comfort and support.
3 It’s oh so quiet
Lexus engineers adopted the highest levels of sound absorption, sound insulation, and noise-cancelling measures. Additional features, such as noise reduction wheels and sound-insulating acoustic glass are also used. Sound produced by the engine and audio system has been precisely tuned, resulting in cabin sounds set at a frequency most comfortable to the ear.
4 Constantly refined
It features a sleek and bold exterior, a spacious, plush interior, and exciting driving performance, all longstanding Lexus trademarks. With the introduction of each new generation, the model continues to be refined with the latest high-quality materials and fastidious attention to the smallest of styling details.
Lexus engineers have created a car that, as much as possible, serves as a natural extension of the driver's body. They focused especially on executing the driver's inputs with precision, immediate vehicle response, and creating a comfortable cockpit.