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STYLING | 7 out of 10
“from the nose on, the sheet metal flows into a rakish, aerodynamic body”
a delicious blend of luxury and sporty
“doesn't share a single dash panel with its less expensive Toyota sibling”
appearance still remains a bit too conservative
Kelley Blue Book
Styled to appeal to the masses, the ES 350 can’t please everyone and some detractors find the appearance of the 2009 model to be pedestrian.
Although the 2009 Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry utilize the same running gear, Edmunds points out that “the ES doesn't share a single dash panel or material with its less expensive Toyota sibling.”
The improved shape of the entry-level Lexus ES 350 has numerous critics singing its praises. The 2009 has “a classy, conservative design,” Cars.com says, while also acknowledging the vehicle’s “sharper angles and more defined body panel creases.” Motor Trend agrees, commenting that “from the nose on, the sheet metal flows into a rakish, aerodynamic body with a bit of the GS and IS sport sedans' flavor.” Automobile Magazine reports that the ES 350’s “all-new suit of sheet metal is considerably more flattering than the ES 330's bathtub-like shape.” MotherProof describes the exterior of the 2009 Lexus ES 350 as "curvy and sharp,” while Kelley Blue Book wonders if it may be "a bit too conservative."
The 350’s interior draws nary a complaint, with Edmunds waxing the most about the vehicle. “Inside the ES is a combination of indulgent shapes and textures that are as functional as they are pampering.” Cars.com reports that the controls “are easy to learn,” while Car and Driver calls out its “posh interior,” saying the five-seat cabin “has a flowing dashboard design [that] looks a bit plain when finished in black.”
The 2009 Lexus ES 350 retains its good looks from the 2008 model, which means it is still too conservatively styled for some enthusiasts.