2001 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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Excellent Car! by MTurner
 — Typical Toyota/Lexus: well engineered, ergonomically sound, well built, great value. It doesn't handle or accelerate like a sports car, but then I didn't think it would. It is very, very comfortable... Read More
Long May You Run ! by lexusloyalist
 — Still runs like a top, and this car's got some miles. Just regular maintenance with a Great Shop, Dennis George Automotive in Ridgecrest CA. Still had terrific ride, acceleration,smooth handling. Leat... Read More
Dream Engine by Mohammed
 — nice engine.reliable. smooth ride. no hassles. similar to a camry but refined. a recommended buy fr all toyota enthusiats. dnt drive v4...it uses more gas than a v6. v6 has a greater performance tha... Read More

2001 Lexus ES 300 Overview

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2001 Lexus ES 300

This was the last year of the ES's third generation, and 2001 signified the end of an era for the Lexus sedan.  ES series had long been labeled the 'entry-level' Lexus, and for over a decade it had been hampered by its striking resemblance to its commonplace counterpart, the Toyota Camry.  By now, the ES 300 had seen an abundance of revisions which intended to set it apart from the Toyota sedan.  However, the ES series had always been the cheapest Lexus.  WIth the arrival of the more affordable IS series in 2001, Lexus took the opportunity to again rebuild the ES into a more luxurious vehicle.  This was the final year of the old ES.
The ES remained largely unchanged for this final year prior to redesign.  The only additions were  an illuminated trunk release handle in the cargo compartment and child seat anchors in the back.  The same 3.0 liter V-6 power plant returned for 2001, again utilizing Toyota's Variable Valve Timing (with intelligence) technology.  The engine made 210 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.  The ES motored from 0 to 60 in about eight seconds and through the quarter mile in about 16.  The VVT-i had also improved the ES's fuel economy, which was rated at 19/26 mpg.
The ES series had long been lauded for its comfort and reliability.  It had enough luxury and convenience features to keep most owners satisfied, but even in 2001 many features were still pricey options.  Unlike all other Lexus offerings, the ES had no optional navigation system.  The ES originally intended as sports sedan,  but the car was quickly discovered to be unfit for competition with European rivals.  The GS had appeared in the mid-nineties to replace the ES in that niche.  However, many owners suggested that most criticism of the ES is mere nitpicking.  Always priced on the low end of the scale for mid-size luxury sedans, the ES offered value, comfort, ride quality, and durability.


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