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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
a quantum leap
excels for cushioned comfort
warm, classy ambience
interior is inviting and comfortable
The 2008 Lexus ES 350 gets generally high marks for comfort.
Edmunds reports a quiet, absorbent ride in this Lexus; 2008’s ES four-door is "one of the quietest cars we've ever tested at freeway cruising speeds." ConsumerGuide concurs with this assessment, agreeing that the Lexus ES 350 for this year "excels for cushioned comfort" but notes that it trails rivals for composure on bumpy roads with "bobbing and pitching" at freeway speeds. Nonetheless, ConsumerGuide reports "excellent isolation from road and wind noise."
Seat comfort in the front is aided by an optional seat extender in the 2008 Lexus ES 350. “The front seats have 10-way power adjustment, and the driver's backrest is soft and comfy, but I was sore after driving for a few hours because the bottom cushion doesn't provide enough support,” Cars.com wrote. Edmunds’ test car had a “power cushion extender which increases or decreases the length of the seat bottom cushion underneath the thighs, allowing support for both long- and short-legged drivers.” In back, the Lexus ES 350’s longer wheelbase “opens up interior space a bit,” Automobile says. “Unlike those of many cars in this class, the ES 350's rear seats should elicit no complaints from passengers.” Cars.com says, “the outer spots of the rear bench seat are comfortable enough for adults, but don't expect any extra legroom or headroom.”
Edmunds expresses a great deal of approval for the ventilated seats, reporting that they "are among the best we've experienced, with plenty of cool air circulating throughout."
Edmunds and Cars.com both praise the interior materials of the Lexus; 2008’s ES four-door has "the finest quality" materials, Edmunds says. According to Cars.com, standard materials include "real wood trim on the doors and center console." Mother Proof observes that materials such as leather and wood makes occupants feel "very welcome."
TheCarConnection.com’s test drive of the 2008 Lexus ES 350 in the Las Vegas area uncovered a car with the trim of a proper Lexus—2008’s sedan has soft-touch plastics, wood veneers, and quality leather trim on the steering and shift knob. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, too, while rear seat occupants have ample space and a well-shaped rear bench, making it a wonderfully relaxed place for four adults to while away the hours.
The 2008 Lexus ES 350 has plenty of room, and seats can be comfortable. Interior materials are top-grade.