Her + His Car Reviews

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

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Price
Starts at $39,900 and there are options running this vehicle all the way to just shy of $52K. The price range for Lexus ES starts at about $40,000 and reaches about $50,000 fully loaded.
Performance
The new 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD is affordable, and desireable. For those wanting this upbrand, they will not be dissabpointed as this is the first time Lexus is making the ES available with AWD. Most of its competitors offer AWD, but buyers looking for this feature will pay dearly for it. What AWD makes available is it adds a more confident and stable ride when the weather is less cooperative. Nontheless, it has no bearing on the quietness in the cabin as the ES has a very noiseless interior.

Those wanting a stronger engine can get a V6, but without the AWD.

The 250 has always been a solid started and accelerator, with 203 horspower and a 2.5 liter engine with 4 cilinders and 184 lb-ft of torque. Handling is responsive on any terrain; the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) is an advanced driving performance visa vi its predecessor.

We like the Drive Mode Select which allows the driver to choose from one of three (3) modes that best suit them: Normal, Eco or Sport. Each speaks for itself and can be customized and easily moved to depending upon traffic, road condition and driver preference.
Acceleration was brisk and handling was well-balanced, predictable, and reassuring. It's powered by a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and uses an eight speed direct-shift automatic.

I had quite a lot of fun driving the ES and I was especially pleased with the its Drive Mode Select, Lexus' multi-mode system in the car. Unlike other makes that provide drivers the choice of several different modes that end up feeling pretty much the same, there actually were changes in personality, acceleration, shifting and other aspects with the ES 250 AWD that I drove.
Fuel Economy
Well done on gas consumption with 25 city mph, 34 highway mph. The federal rating for economy is 25 city, 34 miles per gallon on the highway, and 24 miles per gallon overall.
The Car
The ES 250 is the entry full-sized sedan for Lexus. This is the marker that has been the upbrand where unreasonable luxery meets refined upscale mettle and prowress. The high quality features, comfort creatures of this sedan are enrigueing. So much so, once your in, you wont to drive another. Even if the ES is at the first rung on the ladder, it makes for a great value and stately for a five-passenge- drive.

This model is an all around upgrade and is rivaled by just a few.the infotainment system is wide angled, being over 12" from end to end, really a stand out. Yes, we would likethe infotainment system to be transformed from the mouse movement to knobs and switches to make it easier on all. Enough of that.

The vehicle really is a standout. Especially when it comes to durability and reliability. Lexus is top dog. Place it next to Volvo and BMW and there is no comparison over the long term; Lexus wins.

Lots of cup holders, comfort, amenites and relaxation in the ES. The seats, the driver has lumbar support and cool touch seats as well as heated for front passengers. The consideration is that so many items are options, so be aware.
You'd best discard whatever stereotypes and opinions you may have accumulated about the Lexus ES--because this is a whole new ballgame.

I had not driven an ES for quite some time, and this new version is quite a wake-up call, and a very good one at that! It's far sexier than any other ES I drove in past years, and its interior has quite a contemporary up to date interior. And was that a growl I actually heard coming from the exhaust system? You bet! Performance was quite a departure from older models as I mentioned earlier. Taken as a whole, this is a fresh breath of air for the luxury brand. You will want to put it on your list for consideration when you go shopping.
Safety
Loaded with Air Bags, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, and Steering Assist. Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 allows for saferdriving like Lane Depature Mitigature, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.

Brake Assist, Disc Brakes, Tractions Control, Child Saefty Locks, AWD, Daytime Running Lights, Turn Signal Mirrors, Cross Traffic Alert. Auto-Leveling Headlights. Trunk-Release. Push-Start. First Aid Kit. No Spare in Trunk. Automatic High Beams.

Note: Consumers will need to fork out a grand for the blind-spot moniter option as it is not available on the basic model nor is the parking assist technology.
ES 250 is equipped with Lexus' respected Safety System+ 2.0. That system provides standard items like lane departure mitigation if you wander over markers, prompting the car to automatically steer you back to maintain your lane placement; adaptive cruise control, a good thing to have on the highway because it maintains a constant distance between the car and the vehicle on front, as dwell as slowing you down to maintain that distance, and you get automatic emergency braking as well.
Technology
Technology and the Lexus ES are aligned or one in the same. Let's go through the amenties. Apple CarPlay and Androind Auto, Amazon Alexa, and hands-free Blutooth driving, Satelite and HD Radio and 10 Mark Levinson Audio Speakers, and Wifi Hot Spot, as well as Charging Station.

12.3" Infotainment Display is super easy to see and the visual are great; especially the Backup Camera. Touchpad controls are not easy to enage for driver. I sure wish Lexus would make the touchpad easier to use by switching to dials.

Moonroof, Dual-zone Automatic Perosanlize Climate Control. Keyless Entry and Push Button Start.

Other technology Driver Assistance features include: Pedestian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Sign Recognition, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keep Assist.
Your choice with the Lexus ES 250 will be Base, F Sport, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury versions. You won't have to worry about choosing between engine and powertrain equipment because all of models come with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, that is connected to an eight-speed automatic. And all-wheel drive is standard as well.

The base model may provide you with everything you need since it's loaded. Standard are sunroof, simulated leather interior, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, eight inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android and Amazon Alexa integration, Lexus Enform connected services and a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system.

If you want a little spice with your new ES 250, you may want to consider the F Sport.

It comes with a standard Premium package, 19 inch wheels, a more athletic look to its exterior, thicker front seat bolstering and a sport suspension.

The Luxury trim version focuses on just that: Luxury. Standard equipment gets you 18 inch wheels, wood interior trim, ambient interior lighting, power rear sunshade, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a few more driver's seat positions, and a few other goodies.

If you want the most lavish ES around, you will want to consider the Ultra Luxury version. You will get all the features of the other models, along with some others, such a richer leather seating presentation, upgraded suspension, navigation system, surround-view camera which includes offering you a birds-eye look of the surroundings of your car--which comes in handy when you're in a parking squeeze, and a heated wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Aesthetics & Styling
This 2021 exterior profile is muscular and sleek, we like the look and the countrours. The Lexus ES has a super sexy hourglass grille, with the extended front hood and head light all working together in design unison. The lightning-bolt-esque headlights frame the front of the vehicle in an vigorous, powerful way. The two-tone mirrors are appealing as they collapse when not in use to save space when parking. All supported on 18" wheels, that give this a bold, stand-alone profile.

On the interior, with all the comfort creatures, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the luxe ride. Nothing to agitie, only to ignite the soul and spirit. Material used will inspire, tactile seats and steering wheel are leather and inspire a longer drive. Paddle shifters, well, they could have stayed at home - no idea how many Lexus drivers are actually using this feature, but it's there in case.

Legroom and space is appreciative and attractive, especially rear legroom - a plus for adults in the back. There are two complete LATCH sets in this model for car seats. The trunk is spacious enough. Note: no spare tire.
I loved it. It looks far sleeker and contemporary than previous models that pre-dated the 2018 redo of the ES. It has a much more racy roof design, more muscular character lines and side profile, and aggressive-looking front and rear ends. If you want more sedate, workaday design in your next luxury car, well? you will want to look elsewhere. Boy, I never thought I'd say that about an ES, but it sure speaks for itself!
Warranty
4 Years/50,000 Basic Warranty. 6 Year/70,000 Powertrain Warranty. Four years/50,000 miles

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