The new 2016 Lexus ES debuted at 2015 Shanghai Motor Show with
two versions, a stronger ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid.
The dimensions of the redesigned 2016 Lexus ES have not been
changed. The update mostly refers to new “spindle grille” to
the front fascia, which is now bolder and in one piece,
surrounded by satin chrome trim. On both sides it has received
slimmer LED headlights. The bumper has also been reworked with
chrome surrounds for the fog lamps.
At the rear, the old taillights have been replaced with new
ones featuring L-shaped clusters. There are also rectangular
exhaust outlets, revised chrome trim, and a new trunk lid
Some other changes include new optional 17” alloy wheels and
four new available exterior colors: Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall
Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl.
In a nutshell, the 2016 ES has received a refresh rather than a
total makeover. New grille and headlamps make it look much more
aggressive than the previous model.
2016 Lexus ES Interior
The interior of the 2016 Lexus ES was more than satisfying,
however some upgrades were necessary in order for the vehicle
to look fresh. The design remain unchanged, but Lexus did add
some new features and finishes: Linear Dark Mocha wood,
Illustrious Piano Black wood (instead of the Piano Black), and
Bamboo with a matt instead of a gloss finish. A Flaxen interior
that combines light brown upholstery with a black dashboard and
two-tone door panels is also available.
When it comes to infotainment, both the ES 350 and ES 300h have
received new connectivity with Lexus Enform Remote and Lexus
Safety System+, accompanied by a Pre-Collision System, Lane
Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and
High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Also, the Mark
Levinson premium sound system and the panoramic roof are now
available with all option packages.
Engine Specs and performance
The ES’s powertrain remains completely unaltered, so both the
ES 350 and the ES 300h continue with last year’s engines and
Let’s just recall the drivetrain of the 2016 ES. The ES 350
uses Toyota’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 268
horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The VVT-i variable
valve timing system is the same and coupled to the same 6-speed
automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 21 mpg city, 31 mpg
highway, and 24 mpg combined. Acceleration 0-60 mph sprint
in 6.5 seconds, while top speed is about 130 mph.
The 2016 Lexus ES 300h, uses the hybrid combo 2.5-liter,
four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and an electric
motor, and an electronically controlled CVT. It delivers
200 horsepower. it offers three modes to choose from. Combined
EPA fuel economy is 40 mpg. Performance is of course unaltered
as well. The ES 300h accelerates 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and
reaches a top speed of 112 mph.
Price and release date
Based on the prices of the 2015 ES 350 ($37,700) and ES 300h
($40,580), next year’s models are expected to be only slightly
more expensive: the 2016 Lexsus ES 350 starting at $38,000 and
the 2016 ES 300h little above $41,000.