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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Where the sedan really shines is in driving comfort on straight roads.
may be built on the same platform as the Toyota Camry, but its cabin appointments and ride are pure Lexus
as smooth and quiet on the road as ever
The Auto Channel
extremely quiet interior for four tall adults, with an especially roomy rear-seat area
The 2012 Lexus ES 350 feels like a true luxury car inside--and that means top-notch trims and materials, plush seating, and a comfortable ride, as well as the hushed, isolated ride quality you expect in a non performance-focused Lexus.
Seats aren't as supportive as you'll find in some German rivals (or from Cadillac, for that matter), but they're exceptionally comfortable all around. The back seat is contoured for adults, and wide enough to hold three for shorter trips.
Factor in the impressive interior materials and trims—with walnut and maple wood trims, and supple and enveloping leather upholstery—and you have a true luxury-car interior good enough to impress discerning clients. Contrast-stitched leather upholstery is now standard, while the double-stitching, richer-looking wood and bright-chrome trims you get in the Ultra Luxury Package add some of the ambiance of the pricier LS.
All the while, the interior is nearly silent and the ride pillowy but well controlled (albeit possibly a little too soft and wallowy for some country roads).
Whether sprawling out in its comfortable interior or focusing in on the details, the 2012 Lexus ES 350 feels every bit a luxury car.