Mar 03, 2014
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested Price as Tested: $46,089, 3.5-L 268-hp V6, 6-speed automatic transmission
Likes

This is a car that takes safety seriously, with a five-star safety rating and 10 — yes, 10 — airbags. The backseat legroom and headroom exceeded my expectations. According to the manufacturer, the trunk can hold four golf bags or 18 standard paper grocery bags. My testing indicates that six above-average sized grocery bags,  three bags of cat litter, a roll of wrapping paper and 12-pack of t.p. will fit, with ample room to spare.

Dislikes

 

The impressive thing for me about the ES350 was the lack of things to dislike. That said, there’s nothing that got me all hot and bothered either.

 

Verdict

As I gathered my thoughts on the ES350, I wrote down this list of adjectives: pretty, inoffensive, amenable, lady-like. If I had to pick just one, it would be “pleasant.” As tested, this car was $46,000 and had all the bells and whistles: bamboo and leather interior trim, heated everything (seats, mirrors, steering wheel) monitors, alerts and ambient lighting galore. It was so thoughtfully put together that I think I’d be just as happy (okay, nearly as happy) with the base model at nearly $10,000 less.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 21/31