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2022 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury

2022 ES Ultra Luxury
2022 ES Ultra Luxury

The Lexus  ES 350 Ultra Luxury is an exceptional all around four-door Five-passenger luxury sedan with sharp handling. I tested the 3.5-liter V-6 in beautiful Iridium Exterior. The 350 was equipped with the Ultra Luxury Package , has a quiet and spacious interior and is loaded with technology. There are a lot of driver assistance features and the efficient hybrid powertrain add safety and great gas mileage.

Lexus didn’t do anything outrageous with the 2022 ES but they did deepen the quality and add new value. In addition to further improving quietness and ride comfort,Lexus improved the overall steering and drive ability of the ES.

Highlights

Lexus always delivers and I have grown to expect excellence whenever I sit behind the wheel of any Lexus product.The ES is just a really nice luxury sedan that offers a nice ride and driving experience. I also really liked the upgraded and newly positioned Multimedia 12.3 inch color display. The leather seats add to the luxurious interior and are also very comfortable.

Driver Experience

The  ES 350 Ultra Luxury handling and acceleration are on par with what you would expect from Lexus. The cabin is extremely quiet, even on this extremely noisy stretch on the 202 in Phoenix. Lexus made some adjustments to the chassis  which gives the car’s suspension comfort and great handling.

Interior

You know if Lexus calls a car Ultra Luxury the interior is going to be super nice and it lives up to expectations. Perforated semi-aniline leather–trimmed interior with Heated and ventilated 14-way driver and 10 way passenger power adjustable front seats. The interior has beautiful wood trim  and when combined with ambient lighting it creates a great mood experience. Great looks and a quiet ride are complete when you add the 17 speaker 1800 Watt Mark Levinson sound system.

Exterior

The ES has the typical Lexus styling, starting with the spindle grille and stylish headlights, with crafted lines that flow from the hood to the back of the vehicle. The Triple beam LED headlights really flow and add to the exterior. This car has that classy Lexus look and it is stylish. A nice finish to the exterior is the 18-inch split, five-spoke wheel design with a high-gloss finish is standard on Ultra Luxury grade.

 

Engine / Powertrain

The ES 350 gets 302 horsepower from its smooth V-6 is more popular. The 8-speed automatic offers smooth and seamless shifting and acceleration. There are driving modes to satisfy a range of situations, from relaxed cruising to the Sport mode with good acceleration. The ES Ultra Luxury has an improved suspension, with special dampers that have been proven succesful on other Lexus sedans and they make the ride quieter, steering more direct (and firmer in Sport mode), and cornering flatter.

Safety

The 2022 ES continues the brand’s commitment to safety with an upgrade to Lexus Safety System+ 2.5 (LSS+ 2.5) as standard equipment on all trim levels. Already one of the most sophisticated systems of its kind, LSS+ 2.5 adds new capabilities over LSS+ 2.0 that help provide additional safety to the driver and passengers.

For starters, the Pre-Collision System (PCS), which include Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. A new update to the PCS on LSS+ 2.5 includes Intersection Turning Assist. At intersections, the system has the capability under certain conditions to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate typical PCS functions if needed. Additional new PCS functions include Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), which is designed to enhance vehicle stability and help prevent lane departure as cued by the driver during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) can be activated above 30 mph and is designed to perform vehicle-to-vehicle distance controls down to 0 mph and can resume from a stop. DRCC also includes a new feature that allows for smooth overtaking of slower vehicles. If traveling behind a vehicle going slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal, the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes and; after the driver changes lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the original preset driving speed. LSS 2.5+ adds Curve Speed Reduction, which can automatically reduce vehicle speed, if needed, through certain types of curves.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) is designed to help notify the driver if it senses an inadvertent lane departure at speeds above 32 miles per hour via steering wheel vibrations or audible alert. It can also take slight corrective measures to help keep the driver within the visibly marked lane. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) is designed to provide slight steering force to help steer to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle. LTA alerts the driver with a visual warning and either an audible alert or steering wheel vibration. In the new ES, the lane recognition performance, which makes LTA possible, has been improved with enhanced recognition of line and road edge, lateral G performance, and enhanced control and stability after lane change. With LSS+ 2.5, LTA receives improved course recognition and can track the paths of nearby vehicles in adjacent lanes for greater lane centering capability.

Additional carryover features include Intelligent High Beams, which detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switches between high beam and low beam headlights to help provide greater visibility. Road Sign Assist (RSA) is designed to acquire certain road sign information using a camera and navigation maps when data is available and displays them on the multi-information display (MID).

Conclusion

The 2022 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury is a sensible and luxurious choice for anyone looking for a beautiful, roomy sedan. It has a stylish exterior, a beautiful interior, and offers a great driving experience. Frankly, I believe it is one of the nicest luxury sedans for the money in the market today.

Starting MSRP

$50,130

As Tested

MSRP $54,650

 

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