Lexus Announces Pricing for 2013 ES Models

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When the redesigned Lexus ES 350 goes on sale later this summer, it'll start at $36,995, including an $895 destination charge. That's a 1.7% decrease compared to model-year 2012 versions. Its hybrid sibling, the ES 300h, will cost $2,750 more at $39,745. 

The ES 350 gets a little longer for 2013 and now uses the brand's new spindle grille and a revised suspension. The previous version's 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission carry over.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

Daily News Briefs: June 15, 2012

Diesel

The World Health Organization says diesel fumes cause lung cancer, according to The New York Times. The fuel's exhaust is considered to be more carcinogenic than secondhand cigarette smoke, said WHO, adding that it is a likely cause of bladder cancer. The American Cancer Society will probably reach the same conclusions soon, the New York Times reports. The ruling could have an impact on American workers heavily exposed to diesel exhaust, such as tollbooth attendants, the newspaper says. The study could also have an impact on the public's perception of diesel vehicles, which have grown more popular over the past decade. Diesel advocates note that the WHO study mainly focuses on older diesel technology and not vehicles that use low-sulfur or ultra-low-sulfur fuel, which is mandatory in the U.S.

In other news:

By Colin Bird | June 15, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Lexus ES

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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 Cars.com 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.

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By Kelsey Mays | May 31, 2012 | Comments (21)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

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In this latest round of Buy This, Not That, we focus on soon-to-be-discontinued midsize luxury and mainstream sedans. Included in this rundown are the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Lexus ES, Lincoln MKZ, Dodge Avenger and Mitsubishi Galant. All are on death's door in their current incarnations.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons include an automatic transmission, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and power locks/windows/side mirrors. Final prices include destination charges.

By Colin Bird | May 16, 2012 | Comments (7)

Are Sedans the Forgotten Family Car?

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With no minivans in sight and spending a day checking out crossover after crossover at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, I had to ask myself whether there were other family-friendly vehicles I'd overlooked. I naturally pictured minivans, crossovers and SUVs.

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But wait, what about the good old family sedan? There are plenty of updated four-doors to choose from here at the auto show, and sedans, from subcompacts to midsizers, have been getting roomier.

So, why don't I think of sedans as family cars? Why have they dropped off my radar?

By Sara Lacey | April 11, 2012 | Comments (7)

2013 Lexus ES Video

The Lexus ES is all new for the 2013 model year, and for the first time it features a hybrid powertrain option that can reach 40 mpg, the automaker says. The new ES looks more stylish than before — it borrows many cues from the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS — and it features a more high-end interior that will help further distinguish it from its platform mate, the 2012 Toyota Camry, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

By Colin Bird | April 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Lexus ES: Photo Gallery

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The 2013 Lexus ES is all-new for the model year, featuring a sportier look and stylish interior.

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The new ES also brings with it its first hybrid powertrain that’s borrowed from the Toyota Camry Hybrid. It likely will be capable of 40/38 mpg city/highway.

By Colin Bird | April 6, 2012 | Comments (4)

2013 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h: Up Close

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The Lexus ES 350 doesn't get much respect. It's never been snazzy looking, and it's the only Lexus car that's based directly on a Toyota, specifically the Camry. But the ES doesn't need respect because it gets something more valuable: lots and lots of buyers. The 2013 can only improve its success.

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The new Lexus hourglass grille, which the company curiously terms a spindle, looks good on this car — proving it's versatile enough for less aggressive applications. Even with the new front end, the ES isn't going to set anyone's heart ablaze, but both the gas-powered ES 350 and its new ES 300h hybrid version are classy, tidy packages from every angle.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 4, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 Lexus ES 350, ES 300h at the 2012 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Lincoln MKZ 
  • Looks like: Looks sporty … even though it's probably not 
  • Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive 
  • Hits dealerships: TBA

Once the pre-eminent champion of affordable, no-thrills luxury sedans, the Lexus ES has lost its luster in recent years. The latest to drink the ES' milkshake is the Buick LaCrosse, which outsold the ES by 30% last year — something that probably doesn't sit well with Lexus.

Lo and behold, not only are we getting an all-new Lexus ES 350 for the 2013 model year, there's also a new hybrid variant that Lexus is calling the Lexus ES 300h.

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The model's new exterior takes cues from the recently redesigned 2013 Lexus GS and the LF-Gh concept, and that's a good thing. The ES bears the trapezoidal "spindle" grille and a low-slung side profile with a squared-off rear end. The V-6 model features integrated dual exhaust cutouts in the bumper, while the hybrid has a hidden exhaust unit.

By Colin Bird | April 4, 2012 | Comments (3)

New Lexus ES at New York Auto Show

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It looks like the Lexus ES is next in line to get the brand's spindle grille treatment. The sixth-generation ES will be unveiled next week in New York.

Lexus' midsize sedan was freshened for 2010 and will be all new for 2013. Details are slim, but the teaser image gives us a glimpse of its new spindle grille and LED headlight accents.

We'll get more details when the New York International Auto Show opens to the media April 4.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 28, 2012 | Comments (21)

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