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The Obvious Choice: The 2023 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT


2023 Lexus ES 350 front 3/4 view

So let's say you want a four-door luxury sedan, it needs to be utterly reliable and keeping the price tag under $60,000 would be a major plus.


2023 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT rear 3/4 view

If you walked up to me and told me that, I'd walk you straight to this---the 2023 Lexus ES 350. It checks every single box. This is where Lexus' 30-plus years worth of "relentless pursuit of perfection" has led us.


2023 Lexus ES 350 hood up

2023 Lexus ES 350 engine

By now, you know the basics---3.5-liter V6, 302 horsepower, 8-speed automatic transmission, selectable drive modes. Zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds and an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/31 highway/25 combined.


2023 Lexus ES 350 trunk open

2023 Lexus ES 350 rear seat

2023 Lexus ES 350 front seats

2023 Lexus ES 350 instrument panel

Plenty of room for five people and their things, impeccable fit and finish and material quality. Yeah, the interior looks dark in these shots. There's a Palomino interior color available. Get that. It's gorgeous. The base price of the 2023 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT (our tester) is $48,950, including destination. That brings tons of standard euipment---paddle shifters, F SPORT suspension tuning, performance dampers, aluminum pedals, 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, Bi-LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a wireless charger, 10-way bolstered front heated and ventilated power seats, Hadori aluminum trim, the F SPORT moveable meter display, a heated leather steering wheel, an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Lexus' comprehensive Safety System + 2.5 active safety suite.


2023 Lexus ES 350 steering wheel and gauge cluster

2023 Lexus ES 350 center console

2023 Lexus ES 350 center stack

Our tester also had some extra-cost options---$835 for a panoramic view monitor, $500 for a head-up display, $1,215 for triple-beam LED headlamps, $100 for a smart access card key, $1,030 for an upgraded 12.3-inch touchscreen, $550 for a power open/close trunk with kick sensor and $595 for the Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint. That brings the bottom line on the window sticker to $53,775.


2023 Lexus ES 350 front view

2023 Lexus ES 350 side view

2023 Lexus ES 350 rear view

Yes, there are flashier luxury cars. Yes, there are nameplates that, in some circles, carry more prestige. But if you're not showing off and you simply want a luxury car that isn't ridiculously expensive and will never leave you stranded, the smart money move is the Lexus ES 350.

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