Price: The 2022 Lexus ES starts at around $40,800.
The 2022 Lexus ES premium midsize sedan is a winner on many levels. Unquestionably luxurious, it enjoys great build quality and comes with many standard features, yet the ES is the cheapest car in its class. It also turns the accepted notion on its head that luxury cars lose their value quickly.
This seventh generation of the ES has been around since the 2019 model year. It immediately won KBB’s Best Midsize Luxury Sedan award. Did the same in 2020 and 2021.
Many buyers aren’t going to care that rear-wheel drive isn’t available. Instead, they’ll prefer a quiet cabin, comfortable ride, generous passenger space and assured reliability. The 2022 ES range offers all-wheel drive (albeit with the smallest engine) and a hybrid variant.
2022 Lexus ES Pricing
The 2022 ES 250 AWD starts at $40,800. Also starting at $40,800, the ES 350 offers a lot of power, but only front-wheel drive. Also front-drive, the Hybrid ES 300h starts at $41,900.
The F Sport model costs $45,450.
Even the Genesis G80 is more expensive, by around $49k. The BMW 5 Series starts at just over $54k, the Audi A6 another $1,000 or so, with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the same ballpark.
Before you buy, check out KBB.com fair purchase price to find out what other people in your area have paid for their new Lexus ES. Like almost every other Lexus, the ES has best-in-class resale values.
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2022 Lexus ES Driving
As an oasis of quiet, insulating occupants from the noise of the outside world and its badly maintained streets, the 2022 ES excels. It’s sleek, quiet, comfortable, and asks the driver for little more than minimal effort.
As an entertainer, incorporating great power and a fun machine with pin-sharp handling… well, see BMW, BMW.
5 Series, because ES doesn’t cover that kind of ground.
With that in mind, the F Sport version — which doesn’t add any more muscle — feels the opposite of the typical Lexus way of doing things. Fitting a sport suspension and sport seats into a car that doesn’t really have a sporting character takes into account the whole square peg/round hole thing.
The engine in the all-wheel-drive ES 250 produces 203 horsepower. “Minor” would be a kind of description. We think luxury cars should have more authority in their power generation.
Those who agree will love the highly refined 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 in the front-wheel-drive ES 350. It’s a shame that Lexus doesn’t offer all-wheel drive with this engine, but it goes well with the rest of the car.
Alternatively, the low-emission luxury comes in the form of the ES 300h. Lexus and parent company Toyota TM,
This hybrid stuff is mastered. Even the brakes seem normal, which is not always the case when systems are capturing their energy.
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The biggest and most welcome change inside the 2022 ES is the infotainment system. Previous iterations haven’t been particularly user-friendly, and Lexus has taken notice.
Not only is the display a touchscreen (though with a still-unknown remote touch interface), but it’s shifted 4.3 inches closer to the driver, making it more sensible from an ergonomic standpoint. The screen size remains the same – the Standard version measures 8 inches diagonally and the Advanced option is 12.3 inches.
Lexus has redesigned the instrument panel to be more streamlined. Otherwise, the ES has the same spacious and classy cabin as ever. For added drama, the aluminum accents that come with the F Sport cars nod to ancient Japanese swords.
Rear legroom is generous at 39.2 inches and rear headroom is useful too. Seatbacks are at right angles to accommodate adults, yet there is a sloping roof.
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However, one problem with those seats is that they are fixed in their place and do not fold. So ES owners can’t transport anything that doesn’t fit in the trunk. Which, admittedly, is pretty big—at 16.7 cubic feet—regardless of the drivetrain.
It remains the same size, but the grille on the 2022 ES gets a new mesh design with a graphite finish. The self-leveling bi-LED headlights have been redesigned on either side. There are also new wheel designs; The F Sport models get the exclusive 19-inch black-finish version.
Changes in the paint department see the arrival of Iridium (Silver) and Cloudburst Grey, and the departure of Silver Linings, Atomic Silver and Nebula Grey.
Lexus doesn’t quote torque figures for its hybrids, but the ES300h has good thrust to add to its electric motor. Yet here’s a well-appointed and spacious luxury midsize sedan with an average fuel economy of around 44 mpg. And because the drivetrain battery is under the rear seats, there’s no compromise on trunk space.
A Lexus cabin is generally a quiet place, especially in a large sedan. The way it’s all put together and experiencing the quality of the materials is a special feeling the owners can have, day after day.
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The 2022 ES comes with 250 LED exterior lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, powered moonroof, keyless entry/ignition, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes. all wheel drive.
Safety features include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-tracing assist, lane-departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam.
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CarPlay/Android Auto Smartphone Integration, Amazon AMZN,
Alexa compatibility, Wi-Fi, three USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio setup.
Think of the ES 250’s premium package as the building block for standard equipment in higher trim. This includes rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable steering column, and heated/ventilated front seats with memory settings.
The F Sport treatment brings sportier front seats for a dedicated suspension setup and more lateral support through corners.
Other additional features include 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, 17-speaker/1,800-watt Mark Levinson surround-sound system, heads-up display, wireless charging, ambient cabin lighting, wood/leather steering wheel (with or without heating), Powered included. Front/rear parking sensors with rear sunshade, gesture-controlled trunk lid, large alloy wheels, rear cross-traffic alert with blind-spot monitoring and automatic braking.
On the luxury level comes 14-way power-adjustable front seats (with an expandable lower cushion for the driver), perforated genuine leather upholstery and blind-spot monitoring. The Ultra Luxury versions feature a more refined suspension system, perforated semi-aniline leather and most of the optional features mentioned above. However, triple-beam LED headlights, wireless charging, heads-up display and Mark Levinson system remain optional throughout the 2022 ES lineup.
The new dynamic handling package for the F Sport variant includes adaptive suspension, front/rear parking sensors and Sport+ and custom driving modes.
Engine and Transmission
Each variant of the ES 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 203 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard with this unit along with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
For reasons best known to Lexus, every 2022 ES 350 exclusively has front-wheel drive. They’re powered by a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and deploy the same 8-speed self-shifter.
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The ES 300h hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, with the electric motor powered by a nickel metal hydride battery. Together, they make 215 horsepower, which drives the front wheels via an automatic transmission (a continuously variable transmission, or CVT).
Regular gasoline is fine for any of these drivetrains.
2.5-Litre Inline-4 (ES 250 AWD)
203 hp @ 6,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 mpg
3.5-litre V6 (ES350)
302 hp @ 6,600 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (ES 350), 22/31 mpg (F Sport)
2.5-L Inline-4 + Permanent Magent Electric Motor (ES 300h)
176 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (Petrol engine only)
Total System Horsepower: 215
163 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600-5,200 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 43/44 mpg
this story originally ran kbb.com.