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7.0
/ 10
On Performance
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INVOICE
$33,299
BASE
MSRP
$36,725
On Performance
The 2011 Lexus ES 350 isn't at all tuned for curvy roads, but it accelerates well.
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feels tauter, responds more authoritatively to steering direction, and emits a meaner sound
Motor Trend

his is more freeway cruiser than canyon carver, and it seems everything about this car is more biased toward a smooth ride than making the driver's heart beat faster.
Edmunds' Inside Line

easy and quiet acceleration
CNET

responds to steering inputs quickly and accurately, with only minor body motion at sane road speeds
The Auto Channel

Steering is precise, and the soft ride is smooth, without being sloppy
MSN Autos

Comfort and luxury are top priorities in the 2011 ES 350, which probably gives you some idea of how this sedan drives. It's in some ways the epitome of a classic luxury car—serene and soft, but not at all bouncy, with a torquey and well-muted 272-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 churning through the six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive expeditiously and responsively but without undue fanfare.

The ES sure isn't slow; the powertrain propels the ES to 60 mph from a stop in just 6.8 seconds. Handling is competent and predictable, but the ES 350 steers with a light, detached feel and you'll feel no urge to drive it fast around corners, as there's lots of body roll and ample tire squeal. While ride quality on the highway is superb, the car's steering doesn't offer enough on-center feel, which means you're constantly making minor adjustments to keep it tracking straight. That aside, the ES is an ideal Interstate cruiser.

Conclusion

The 2011 Lexus ES 350 isn't at all tuned for curvy roads, but it accelerates well.

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