2010 Lexus ES 350 Gets Classier Cabin, Better Detailing

November 21, 2009
2010 Lexus ES 350

2010 Lexus ES 350

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2010 Lexus ES 350

2010 Lexus ES 350

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2010 Lexus ES 350

2010 Lexus ES 350

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The front-wheel-drive ES 350 has long been the most subtle car in Lexus' already hardly overt lineup—appealing to those who want a smooth, responsive, quiet, and very comfortable luxury car, with some world-class technology features inside.

For 2010, the ES 350 gets a number of changes, but it doesn't deviate one bit from its formula—all the while delivering the performance to satisfy all but real enthusiasts.

On the outside, the 2010 ES 350 gets the equivalent of a 'sharpen,' in photo-editor-speak. A new grille looks a bit larger, with a lot more chrome and a slightly different headlamp design to match, while the front corners have been brought out a bit more. New fog lamps and a wide, thin lower air dam complete the new and slightly different look in front, while the tail lamp design has been modified to suit the front details. Alongside, metallic trim for the side sills bridges the wheel wells, and new wheel designs also help freshen the look.

The interior takes a different direction, becoming warmer and softer, yet brighter. Trims and upholstery in the ES 350 have now been given a big upgrade versus last year, erasing any questions about whether the ES interior is much better than the top-of-the-line Camry. Contrast-stitched leather upholstery is now standard, with double stitching included with an Ultra Luxury Package, and richer-looking wood and bright-chrome trims add accents at the center stack and just above the glovebox. There's also a good deal more metallic-look trim throughout the interior, while leathers are supple and enveloping, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces all around. Walnut and maple trims have been added, along with a new Parchment leather hue.

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