Reviews the 2013 Lexus ES

Lexus redesigned its popular ES for 2013, giving the luxury sedan similar styling to the pricier GS. Its fresh look should attract plenty of buyers, as should a first-ever hybrid ES 300h that Lexus expects to get 39 mpg in combined EPA ratings, says Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. The ES' interior has some hits and misses. However, the car handles better than its predecessor, and the ES 350's familiar V-6 has power to spare.

2013 Lexus ES 350 review



The hourglass grille looks good on the RX because of the taller front but just looks tacked on and trying too hard on their cars.


Do not like the grille on this car. Also, I'm glad someone has noted the omissions on this car. Not offering heated rear seats is crazy when you consider how many cheaper sedans now offer them.


What a snoozemobile. What happened to the fun that was in the '92-96 gen ES?


It used to be that the ES was much more luxurious than a Camry.

But a friend of ours was disappointed that their new 2012 ES was not much different from their old 2007 Camry XLE, which they kept.

It had all the toys, including sunroof, but so did the XLE. The leather interior was nice but not much different from the XLE.

The bottom line, at least to this one guy and his wife who wanted to upgrade from an XLE to a much pricier ES, "not worth it".

The XLE is his daily driver now, the ES hers.


We own or have owned an '08 and '11 ES 350 and a '07 XLE and '10 XLE. The two cars are very different in interior, ride, and handling quality. We also have a MB E420 and the '11 ES 350 rivals it in refinement. We love our MB but the Lexus is much cheaper to own.


Am I the only one who doesn't like the way the hood doesn't really meet the bumper fully? Those little gaps between the headlights and the grille bother me a lot.


I do. They're trying to fit a tall grille treatment to a short car front end. That's why it works on the RX but not on their cars. It just looks tacked on.




It looks great but haters will always hate especially when they can't afford to buy one.


Leasing a luxury car is pretty easy if you have a middle class income- thats how about half of the folks you see in luxury cars can afford them. I can most certainly afford to lease an ES (maybe even buy) but I still don't like the front end. This is the first ES with a truly polarizing design and it may backfire amongst the older folks who buy this car. Also, competition from the Lacrosse , Azera and 2013 MKZ is going to be tough.


CJ, anyone can afford to lease one if they don't mind not building up equity.

A lot more people, especially older ones, are choosing to do just that -- lease instead of buy.

A lady in her eighties I know recently traded her MKZ for an ES. Before that she owned an E320 4matic.

It's like renting in perpetuity. And for those living on fixed income who can afford it, an ES is just a signature away.


Equity in a depreciating asset. That's a good one.

Depending on your situation, leasing is the more financially astute way of managing your money for reasons other than affordability.


Leasing is nothing more than renting and at terms end you have zero equity.
I've been a private and corporate accountant for over twenty years and have yet to see a case where leasing is more cost effective than buying & depreciating.
Unless you're a business owner (and even then it rarely is cost effective) leasing is a fool's game as you're literally flushing money down the drain on a monthly basis.


Jack, a lot of old people live in my neck of the woods and many choose to lease.

Most have other sources of income like annuities, retirement plans, pensions, etc, that they live on and when it's time to collect social security, that money is just icing on the cake.

For people financially secure the convenience of leasing is the deciding factor.

If OTOH, people have to watch their pennies or otherwise cannot take leasing as a business expense, it may be advisable to purchase out right, if at all possible, and keep the jalopy rolling for as long as they can.


"For people financially secure the convenience of leasing is the deciding factor."

Boy that's a stupid statement. What's the convenience wasting money??



They drive a new car every 2, 3 or 4 years and never have to deal with any repair bills as their "ownership" is entirely within the warranty period. A lot even have free maint for the duration of the warranty so they know exactly how much that car will cost while they have it. No suprizes! For them that's alot of convienence even though it costs more i the long run. I've never leased but I can see the allure if one is comfortable with the cost.


A lot of people in sales lease as well, as do business owners who get to write off the leasing costs as a business expense, thereby lowering their tax liability.

Lance's education of the uneducated and ill-informed is spot on. There's a lot of merit in leasing.

That's why thousands of people choose to lease. But if you live from payday to payday, leasing is not for you. In fact, you probably wouldn't qualify.


One could buy a car and have virtually no maintenance in the first 36 months just like a lease. Leasing is for dummy's as you're renting the vehicle. The truth is the majority of people who lease do so because they can't afford the down payment to finance/buy.
The reason companies like it is because it avoids a large capital outlay and they can deduct the mileage/usage, however it's still not as cheap as buying the asset outright and depreciating it.



If in fact you are a CPA then you should know that CPAs all over the country recommend to business owners to lease rather than to buy. Now if you're talking average consumer, yes it costs more. Nobody is debating that fact. All people are saying is that if people want the luxury of having a new car to drive every three years and the convenience of not messing with repairs or trading in a vehicle...and can afford it, they should not be called dummys. It doesn't take a brain surgeon(or a CPA) to understand that if you buy a car cash, maintain it and keep it for ten years or that it will end up saving a lot of money. Some people don't like to do that and don't mind spending the coin. Different strokes for different folks.


I have friends and family that work in the Pharma industry as part of a traveling national sales staff. They all lease, and write it off.

I know people who own businesses like restaurants, flower shops, builders-contractors, and a bakery who all choose to lease to reduce their tax burden.

From the old folks that I know, I have learned that leasing works best for them because, like Lance wrote, "They drive a new car every 2, 3 or 4 years and never have to deal with any repair bills as their "ownership" is entirely within the warranty period. A lot even have free maint for the duration of the warranty so they know exactly how much that car will cost while they have it. No suprizes! For them that's alot of convienence even though it costs more i the long run."

Although I currently own three vehicles I bought outright (because I could) I am seriously thinking about keeping the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee if it proves to be reliable, sell the 2008 Highlander outright and lease the replacement for my 2011 Tundra in 2016.

I know retired farmers and ranchers in my area that do that (because they can). All they have to do is prove that they use their leased vehicle for the business and that's easily done.

In the case of old people, leasing definitely is a plus in estate management, Will squabbles, and inheritance tax avoidance.

Anyone who talks down leasing has got his head up his @ss or didn't get his money's worth for his edumacation.


All this talk about Buying vs Leasing.

Put it this way... I can pay 450 / mo and drive a relatively new Lexus every year
Pay 700 - 800 / mo and after 5 years and on drive an aging Lexus.

If you have ever thrown good money after bad on maintenance and repairs of a 10 year old car you would see the value in leasing.

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