The 2008 Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan comes in a single Base trim, but drivers have the option of personalizing the ES 350 to their liking, thanks to an extensive list of options and add-on packages. Drivers can choose from four options packages, including the Premium Package, which adds a leather-trimmed interior; a Premium Plus Package, which adds heated front seats, among other features; the Ultra-Luxury Package, which adds all of the above plus a panorama glass sunroof, among other features; and a Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio System Package, which adds a DVD navigation system and a 14-speaker, 330-watt Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system.
Drivers also can add features a la carte. Such items as XM satellite radio, a parking assist system, a wood-and-leather-trimmed steering wheel, a rear spoiler, Bluetooth capability, and rear-seat airbags, as well as heated front seats and the DVD navigation system, all can be added individually, offering drivers a wide range of upgrade options.
A 272-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine drives the ES 350 from 0 to 60 in just under seven seconds. The engine links to a six-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), which helps provide smoother shifting and makes adjustments according to the driver's behavior. The ES 350 has been certified as an ultra-low-emission vehicle.
Traction control, stability control, an independent MacPherson strut suspension, emergency brake assist, engine-speed-sensing steering, and antilock brakes all come standard on the ES 350. Interior features are equally extensive, and include walnut interior trim, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, steering-wheel-mounted audio and display controls, and a premium sound system.
The ES 350 has been designed for comfort and style, not sportiness, so the ride tends to be smooth rather than sporty, with a bit of sway in the corners. Some drivers have also noted that the ES 350 tends to display a bit of rock and roll over rough roads. But few cars available today handle as easily as the ES 350, which excels in ease-of-driving. Overall, drivers and reviewers give the ES 350 good marks for value, comfort, and upscale features.