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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Okay, the Lexus ES isn't the most exciting luxury sedan money can buy
incorporates an even sleeker exterior that sets it apart from the boring world of midsize sedans
harder than ever to distinguish from its larger and even more upscale sibling LS
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interior looks and feels like an antique compared to the contemporary LaCrosse
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Understated is probably the best way to sum up the ES 350’s design and styling. With modest roots—the Camry platform—the ES has a profile that’s conventional, almost plain.
With a little more chrome and some careful finessing of the details inside and out, Lexus sharpened this sedan a couple of years ago, but overall even though it’s not sharp-edged, particularly rakish, or daring, the ES 350 looks very much like a luxury good.
Inside, the ES 350 has an underlying design that's flowing but not curvaceous, and not really innovative or extroverted in any way. Cabin appointments that meet the traditional definition of luxury, with plush leather, nice wood trims, and just enough brightwork to top it off. Last year, Lexus touched up the look just a bit to make it warmer and softer, yet brighter, though it still feels quite conservative.
The 2012 Lexus ES 350 has an understated, urbane look and feel throughout.