AboutThatCar.com: 2019 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Lux

Frank S. Washington | 10/21/2019, 1:50 p.m.

The car got 22 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mile per gallon on the highway and 26 mile per gallon combined.

We thought the transmission silky smooth. Downshifts were precise and accomplished without a lot of hesitation. And the gearbox could be manually shifted using the shifter in the console or the paddle shifters attached to the steering column.

Inside, the ES 350 used a derivative of the instrument layout of the now defunct LFA supercar. Comfort, eco and sport ride modes could be selected via a knob on one side of the speedometer cowl and the anti-skid control could be turned off via a knob on the other side. There was a small TFT screen in the left hand corner of the instruments; we had it configured with a huge digital speedometer in the center.

The two-toned interior was dominated by a huge 12-inch infotainment screen. That could be split into three panes to convey information to the driver. It sat so far back in the dash that it was not practical to make it a touch screen.

There were heated and cooled front seats along with a heated steering wheel. The seats could be set on automatic and the car read the outside temperature and adjusted the seat temperatures the seats.

We had the Ultra Lux trim line. It had performance dampers front and rear, power rear sunshade, a hands free power open and close trunk, heated and ventilated front seats, wood trim, ambient lighting, power tilt an telescoping steering wheel, a memory driver’s seat, rain sensing wipers, the Lexus memory system for the driver’s seat, sideview mirrors and steering wheel and 14-way leather drive and 10-way passenger power sears including 4-way lumbar support for the driver. Three was a bunch of creature comforts that came with this package.

There were two USB jacks at the head of the center console along with an auxiliary jack. A wireless charger was in the center console. The car also had a moonroof. There were two more in the rear with a 12V plug. Those rear seats were comfortable, spacious and there was plenty of headroom.

It was relatively easy to slip through the wide doors and get in the back seats. We though the manual sides for the rear side windows an unexpected treat for rear seat passengers who want some privacy.

This car had 18-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels, a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, 360 degree and overhead camera view, Apple CarPlay satellite radio, voice controls and the Lexus Enform app suite. And that is just some of the creature comforts on the 2019 ES 350 Ultra Lux. The only challenge is that this sedan had been transformed into a top notch luxury car in the age of crossovers.

Our test vehicle was priced at $50,959.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com