Lexus ES line was delivered in 1989 and since than models in this lineup had a pretty great success. Since there are good results that backs up this vehicle there will be no big changes for a 2014 Lexus ES 350 model.
In addition to the still cautious however somewhat more-outgoing styling, the redesign yields minor gains in size. The 2014 Lexus ES 350 expands an inch in total length to 192.7 and 1.7 inches in wheelbase to 111.0; height increases 0.8 inch to 57.1, while width stays the same at 71.7 inches.
2014 Lexus ES 350 Specs
Lexus is particularly pleased of the ES’s 0.27 coefficient of drag, which it states betters the previous generation’s number by.01. In a quest for improved high-speed security, small aero “supporting fins” have actually been placed on the doorframe covers and rear combination lights; Lexus says they pull the airstream closer to the body, producing vortices that in turn support the vehicle. Comparable fins reside on the underbody covers.
The big information inside is a little increase in seating room. Front-seat guests gain a tiny 0.1 inch of headroom and 0.3 inch of shoulder space; boosts barely worth mentioning other than to contrast the relatively huge gains made in the back seat where headroom expands by 0.7 inch, and legroom is up a massive 4.1 inches. Lexus attributes the catalyst of this change to emerging markets such as China, where it is quite popular for a car owner to be chauffer-driven on a regular basis. Rear shoulder room is down by 1.3 inches; we’ll assume that this is not a comment on that vital Asian demographic.
Price Of ES 350
Plop down into one of the standard 10-way power front seats, and you’ll notice the long, flat dash that reaches from door to door, Lexus’s take on the industry’s move away from the cocooning, driver-focused interiors of a few years back. Across the top erupts a single row of stitching, placed there by the hands of among Lexus’s takumi craftspeople– according to the company, only twelve or so current employees are capable of such work. Impressive to be sure, but Lexus intends on selling 60,000 2014 ES models in the U.S. alone; someone might desire to notify the H.R. department of possible production bottlenecks in the dash-upholstery department.
The 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine carries over from 2012 unchanged, it is now supported by a quartet of active-control engine mounts in pursuit of even lower levels of engine-borne vibration. Curiously, the 2014 ES’s 31-mpg EPA freeway score betters the 2012’s 28 mpg; chalk up the renovation to lower total weight (Lexus claims a reduction of about 50 pounds) and the previously mentioned aero tweaks.
Acceleration is, uh, pleasant, and torque steer is kept in reasonable check. Even with the traction control enabled, a demure squeak can be coaxed from the front tires on takeoff. The steering ratio of the electric power steering has been tightened up to 14.8:1 from the previous generation’s 16.1:1, producing less hand-over-hand activity in the twisty bits and parking lots. Rolling with mountain roadways at a great pace was a effortless and pleasant task, but far from the ES’s true specialty. Your author and his co-driver found themselves repetitively discovering new ways to complete the sentence, “Man, imagine driving this road in a ________,” which ought to give you some idea of the level of driver engagement we attained in the 2014 Lexus ES 350. The exhaust note is too accurate and well acted for us; in other words, ideal for the ES’s target group.
Moving in between the three transmission modes– Normal, Eco, and Sport– discloses substantial changes in the 2014 Lexus ES 350 habits: Normal keeps the engine in the power band without becoming extreme; Eco reduces throttle response and customizes the A/C’s operation for effectiveness; Sport mode accelerates throttle response and increases steering effort by 20 percent. Unsurprisingly, we found the Sport setting the most usable of the bunch. (Those seeking further ES sensory deprivation should look to the new ES300h hybrid, which we also drove.).
ES 350 Redesign
On the highway, opposite-wound front coil springs and reworked spring rates conspire to provide a tangible improvement in straight-line tracking. Front and rear dampers feature a few internal mods to improve ride quality and stability. And it’s here where the 2014 Lexus ES 350 really shines, becoming a virtually transparent conveyance, shielding its occupants from the outside world behind acoustically insulated glass. Because really, after the important decisions have been made– Premium, Luxury, or neighbor-baiting Ultra Luxury trim; leather-wrapped or wood wheel; standard Lexus audio or the sonically exact Mark Levinson system.