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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
“the ES 350's rear seats should elicit no complaints from passengers”
warm, classy ambience
excellent isolation from road and wind noise
interior is inviting and comfortable
Comfort ranks high for the 2009 Lexus ES 350, with plenty of compliments regarding the roomy cabin, overall refinement, and quiet, smooth ride.
The front seats of the 2009 Lexus ES 350 are made more comfortable with the addition of an optional seat extender and other accoutrements. According to Cars.com's reviewer, “the front seats have ten-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.” Edmunds’ test car had a “power cushion extender that increases, or decreases, the length of the seat bottom cushion underneath the thighs, allowing support for both long- and short-legged drivers.”
The front-wheel design of the ES allows a bit more roominess in back when compared to most rear-wheel-drive sport sedans. Automobile Magazine says that the Lexus ES 350’s longer wheelbase “opens up interior space a bit. Unlike those of many cars in this class, the ES 350's rear seats should elicit no complaints from passengers.” According to Cars.com, “the outer spots of the rear bench seat are comfortable enough for adults, but don't expect any extra legroom or headroom.”
The ventilated seats "are among the best we've experienced, with plenty of cool air circulating throughout," says Edmunds about the Lexus.
Both Edmunds and Cars.com praise Lexus for its choice of interior materials, with Edmunds stating that the 2009 ES four-door has "the finest quality" materials. According to Cars.com, standard materials include "real wood trim on the doors and center console." MotherProof observes that materials such as leather and wood makes occupants feel "very welcome."
Regarding ride and noise, reviewers are also almost unanimously positive. The 2009 Lexus ES four-door is "one of the quietest cars we've ever tested at freeway cruising speeds," reports Edmunds about the absorbent ride of the 350. Concurring with this assessment, Consumer Guide says 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, Consumer Guide cites "excellent isolation from road and wind noise."
TheCarConnection.com’s test drive of the 2009 Lexus ES 350 reveals a car with the trim of a proper Lexus—soft-touch plastics, wood veneers, and quality leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, too, while rear seat occupants can look forward to ample space and a well-shaped rear bench, making it a wonderfully relaxed place for four adults to while away the hours.
The 2009 Lexus ES 350 interior is a quiet, comfortable place, complemented with top-grade interior materials.