The ES 350 entry luxury sedan continues to be a Lexus favorite with its comfortable cabin and smooth ride. With a plethora of standard amenities, such as 17-inch wheels, moonroof, 10-way power adjustable front seats, leather-trimmed seats and a multi-information display, the ES continues to impress new and loyal consumers. The ES 350 cruises into the 2012 model year virtually unchanged except for the new Nebula Gray Pearl exterior, which replaces Smoky Granite Mica; and the discontinuation of Peridot Mica.
The ES 350's aluminum 3.5-liter V6 produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,700 rpm using 87-octane regular fuel. The ES has EPA fuel economy estimates of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway. The chain-driven camshafts employ Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds.
The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides a sequential manual shift feature for a more involved driving experience when desired. Shifting strategy adapts to driver input, with rapid downshift response.
► 2012 Lexus GX 460
The capable GX 460 transitions into the 2012 model year with minimal changes. The standard model receives color-keyed bodyside molding with a chrome accent, while the Premium model now features a high-gloss wheel finish. In addition, the Fire Agate Pearl exterior replaces Peridot Mica.
The GX 460 takes its model designation from its 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 329 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The 32-valve DOHC engine features aluminum alloy cylinder heads and block with dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i), which controls valve timing and overlap on both the intake and Exhaust camshafts to optimize power, fuel efficiency and emissions.
The GX 460's fuel economy is better than other V8 luxury utility vehicles and competitive with some six-cylinder models with its EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined, 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway ratings.
The 4.6-liter V8 is teamed to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shift. The responsive powertrain is quiet and helps the GX 460 tow up to 6,500 lbs.
► 2012 Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX 350 teams a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) for an output of 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. Intake and Exhaust manifolds have been tuned for enhanced performance and fuel economy. Lexus maximized the torque output to better meet the needs of luxury crossover drivers. Ninety percent or more of the 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm, an optimal range where torque is most utilized. An insulated engine cover, styled in the shape of two cylinder banks, conceals the V6 to help ensure a quiet cabin; easy-access points facilitate routine service.
Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) is used to control both intake and Exhaust camshafts independently, optimizing engine performance at all speeds and loads. Refinements to the valvetrain, including roller rocker arms and slimmer valve stems, reduce friction and weight to improve fuel economy. Also helping to enhance torque is the improved Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS), which varies the intake runner length in response to engine speed and throttle position. The ETCS-i (Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence) softens throttle response during initial acceleration for smoother takeoff and to help reduce wheel spin.
The RX 350's six-speed automatic transmission yields a quick shifting response with help from miniature high-flow linear solenoids that control transmission-fluid line-pressure. The torque converter uses a low-speed lockup damper to enable lock-up from second to sixth gear to help improve the fuel economy.
When applying the accelerator pedal rapidly during kick-down, the direct-downshift control allows the transmission to directly shift from sixth to third or fifth to second, skipping the intermediate gears to achieve the quickest response. Under normal kick-down pedal application, downshift control uses the intermediate gears to ensure the smoothest shift is attained. "Shift shock" is further reduced.
The Multi-Mode Sequential Shift Automatic Transmission allows the driver to shift manually when desired by first moving the gated shift lever to the "S" slot and then pushing it forward ("+") to up shift and backward ("-") to downshift. An Intelligent Shift Control sets shift patterns based on the vehicle speed and throttle position and estimates road conditions and driver input to automatically control the shift pattern. For example, when driving in hilly areas, this system can prevent unnecessary shifting. When descending inclines, the transmission prevents up shifts to achieve more engine braking.
The RX 350 AWD model features an electronically controlled Active Torque Control AWD system. Active Torque Control AWD uses an electronically controlled coupling ahead of the rear differential to vary torque distribution anywhere from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear, depending on driving dynamics and road conditions. When accelerating, or starting off on a low-grip surface, torque is quickly provided to all four wheels. At steady speeds, torque is sent only to the front wheels, enhancing fuel efficiency.
To help provide handling agility and control, the AWD system increases rear-wheel torque when the vehicle's front tires start to lose traction and decreases rear-wheel torque when the vehicle's rear tires start to lose traction. On rough or sandy terrain, an AWD LOCK switch provides enhanced traction performance for low-speed maneuvering (if in LOCK mode, the system reverts to AUTO mode when speed exceeds 25 mph). To help prevent a tight corner-braking condition (shuddering) during low-speed cornering, the system reduces rear wheel torque.
► 2013 Lexus ES 300h
In-line 4-cylinder 2.5 aluminum block and cylinder heads
DOHC 16-valve with Variable Valve Timing (intake) with intelligence (VVT-i)
156 hp @ 5,700 rpm (engine alone)
Total System horsepower: 200 hp
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
0-60 mph Acceleration (mfr. estimate): 8.1 sec
0-1/4 Mile Acceleration (mfr. estimate): 16.8 sec
Top Track Speed (mfr. estimate): 112 mph (electronically limited)
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The new 2012 Audi A6
Once again, Audi sets the standard: The new A6 will arrive at dealerships in Q3 2011. The successor to the world's most successful executive sedan features groundbreaking solutions in every area of technology. An intelligent combination of materials renders the body unusually light; operation is easy, despite a wealth of functionality; and the range of assistance and multimedia systems is extensive.
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2013 Lexus ES 350
Lexus redesigned its midsize luxury sedan for 2013, bringing more attractive styling inside and out. A new hybrid model joins the lineup this year. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes a look at the ES 350, which he says is not just a gussied-up Toyota. Built on a larger platform than the outgoing generation, the new ES offers a spacious cabin, better driving experience and sporty styling. But will a confused transmission, inconsistent interior quality and lack of competitive features scare off car shoppers?
2013 Lexus GS 350 and 450h HD Video Review
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2013 Lexus ES Review
With added style and size, 2013 ES charts new course as a legitimate luxury sedan.
With the all-new 2013 ES, Lexus is taking advantage of its unique situation. While its German rivals may have a long list of niche segments that the Toyota luxury division doesn't compete in, none of them have a car like the ES, and due to European preferences, aren't likely to any time soon -- if ever.
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Drag Race: 2012 Lexus LFA vs 2010 Nissan GT-R
We pit Lexus' first-ever supercar -- the $400,000 Lexus LFA -- against our long-term Nissan GT-R to find out which one is the king of the JDMs.
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2013 Lexus ES
From the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2013 Lexus ES.
The Lexus ES is all new for the 2013 model year, and for the first time it features a hybrid powertrain option that can reach 40 mpg, the automaker says. The new ES looks more stylish than before — it borrows many cues from the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS — and it features a more high-end interior that will help further distinguish it from its platform mate, the 2012 Toyota Camry.
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Lexus ES 350.
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Lexus Press Conference at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show. Lexus's Irv Miller and Jim Press introduced the ES 350.