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Oh, how the mighty have fallen! OK, it really wasn't much of a fall for the 2014 Nissan Rogue, but a No. 2 finish this week, after so many weeks at No. 1 that we lost count, sure feels like a crushing defeat. The conqueror? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the frugally fast fave, the 2015 Subaru WRX, accelerating straight to the top in its debut. Another 2015 model also bowed this week, the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact, in at No. 3, while the 2014 Lexus ES 350 sedan joins the pack at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Subaru WRX
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2015 Chrysler 200
5. 2014 Toyota Venza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
9. 2014 Infiniti Q50
10. 2014 Lexus ES 350

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By Matt Schmitz | April 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Lexus ES 350 Video

Deviating from the small-and-sporty tendency of its entry-level luxury peers, the 2014 Lexus ES 350 instead emphasizes the roomy-and-comfortable. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek notes that the sedan's spaciousness comes from its switch to the Toyota Avalon platform from the Camry, and the result is legroom your backseat passengers just won't get with competitors. Front-seat comfort and interior material quality were debatable for our editors, and the lack of optional all-wheel drive is unfortunate, but Bruzek says under normal driving conditions, the ES 350's muscular 268-horsepower V-6 won't disappoint. Watch the video.

2014 Lexus ES 350: What’s Changed

By Matt Schmitz | April 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus ES 350 Review

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The 2014 Lexus ES 350 is far from the automaker's most expensive car and nowhere near the priciest in the class. Still, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says if you seek a high-end car that lets you stretch out in plush comfort, you needn’t reach any deeper into your pocketbook than Lexus' midsize ES 350 sedan. Backseat legroom trumps the flagship LS 460's available space, while the cabin is dressed in classy, high-grade materials. Moreover, despite competitors' emphasis on sporty performance, Bruzek appreciated the ES 350's leisurely attitude. Read the review below.

2014 Lexus ES 350 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Joe Bruzek

By Matt Schmitz | April 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

Lexus' Pre-Programmed Texts Are More Than 'Yes' and 'No'

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Automakers integrating text message functionality into new cars is a trend cropping up in everything from Cars.com's former 2013 Honda Civic long-term tester to the 2014 Lexus ES 350 we recently tested. Even though the level of distracted driving while using such systems is still being debated, the connectivity is proliferating quickly.

AAA Study: Hands-Free Isn't Risk-Free

You probably know the basics: Drivers can listen and respond to incoming text messages through the car's multimedia and Bluetooth system via voice commands or preprogrammed reply messages. We're used to seeing "Yes," "No" and "I'm driving" responses. The ES 350's SMS Text-to-Speech With Reply feature takes preprogrammed responses to another level with 15 available replies.

By Joe Bruzek | March 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus ES 350: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Siri Eyes-Free Mode hands-free technology for iPhone 4S and 5; LED fog lights; available bamboo interior trim

Price change: $100 increase

On sale: Early October

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013

The Lexus ES 350 sedan was redesigned for 2013, and it gained the ES 300h hybrid model that uses the same system as the Toyota Camry Hybrid, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The ES 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6.

2013 Lexus ES 350 Review 

For 2014, Siri Eyes-Free Mode is newly available on the ES 350 with the optional display audio or navigation system. It works with the iPhone 4S and 5 and allows voice-operated features such as playing iTunes, composing and listening to text messages, and hearing emails, calendar information and directions.

By Rick Popely | October 9, 2013 | Comments (1)

Used-Car Prices Fall to Lowest Level This Year

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After rising slightly in April, late-model used-car prices dipped again in May. The average price for 2010 to 2012 used cars on Cars.com stood at $22,508 on May 1, a $159 decrease from April 1 and the lowest average price so far this year.

Of the 10 models with the biggest price drops in May, half of them were from luxury brands. Leading the list with the biggest price decline was the Lexus ES 350 sedan. After experiencing a run-up last month, its average asking price fell $2,682 to $30,735, an 8% decline. Lexus alone had three of the top 10 models, with the LS 460 full-size sedan and HS 250h hybrid both experiencing 3% price drops.

The top used-car price gains in May were more closely grouped than in prior months, ranging from 2% to 4%. Most of the top 10 advanced 2%, but two pickup trucks — the full-size Ram 2500 and compact GMC Canyon — saw 4% and 3% increases, respectively.

The chart below details the top 10 used cars from the 2010 to 2012 model years with the biggest price drops — as well as the 10 with the biggest increases. To be eligible for the list, a model had to have 500 cars in Cars.com's national inventory.

By Mike Hanley | May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Toyota to Build First Lexus in the U.S.

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Toyota launched its Lexus division in September 1989 with two 1990 models at opposite ends of the spectrum: the LS 400, a rear-drive V-8 flagship, and the ES 250, a front-drive cousin to the plebian Camry. In their first month, the two cars combined for 4,135 sales. Fast-forward nearly 25 years and Toyota has sold 4,397,799 Lexus cars and SUVs in America. Lexus led all luxury-brand sales from 2000 to 2010.

All without building a single car here.

That's right. Toyota, whose Kentucky- and Indiana-built Camry has led Cars.com's American-Made Index for four years in a row, imports its Lexus cars from Japan and Canada.

That's about to change, however. The automaker announced today it will build the ES 350 — five generations past the 1990 original — in Georgetown, Ky., to the tune of about $360 million invested. Toyota's 1,300-acre plant, its largest in North America, already assembles the Camry, Avalon and Venza, not to mention various four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other components. It employs 6,600 and builds some 500,000 cars a year; the ES will add 750 jobs and another 50,000 cars to the plant's annual capacity.

By Kelsey Mays | April 19, 2013 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Lexus ES 350

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The 2013 Lexus ES 350 wears its first redesign since 2007, and it now looks sportier, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. This spacious sedan's V-6 engine offers plenty of power for city and highway driving. The ES' interior is laden with technology, including an available voice-activated navigation system and Lexus Enform multimedia system. Sara found the systems to be intimidating and difficult to use without taking her eyes off the road while driving.

2013 Lexus ES 350 Review

By Jennifer Newman | December 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Lexus ES 350 and 300h: Car Seat Check

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For 2013, the Lexus ES 350 received a redesign that included a new exterior look and an upgraded interior. It also welcomed a hybrid counterpart, the ES 300h, for the first time. For the Car Seat Check, we installed car seats in the 300h, but the results can be applied to the ES 350; both sedans have seating for five and the same interior dimensions. The 300h's battery pack does eat into the trunk space, though. The ES 350 has 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space, but the 300h has 12.1.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | December 4, 2012 | Comments (4)

2013 Lexus ES Joins NHTSA's Five-Star Club

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Lexus' midsize sedan is the latest vehicle to be awarded the top rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2013 ES 350 earned an overall five out of five stars in NHTSA's crash tests.

The composite score for the ES was composed of mostly five stars across the different areas of crash testing, but it did earn four stars in the rollover test. The sedan earned fives in overall driver safety, frontal crashes and overall side crashes.

For 2013, the Lexus ES grows longer, gets fresh styling and adds a hybrid model to the lineup. Both the ES 350 and the hybrid ES 300h versions received a combined five-star rating from NHTSA.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 3, 2012 | Comments (1)

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