Lexus ES - car review

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The five-seater sedan Lexus ES 300 was first shown in the summer of 1991. The car was built on the Toyota Camry platform. For a long time was the most affordable car in the Lexus family. In 1997, the Lexus ES 300 was restyled. The radiator grille has become smaller in size, the narrow headlights spread out half a bonnet, capturing the side wings. The windows of the doors of the Lexus ES 300 for sports manners do not have frames.

Curb weight of the car 1520 kg. The main driving force is the inline six-cylinder, 24-valve, V-twin engine of 3 liters and a capacity of 223 liters. from. The engine has a light-alloy cylinder head and an electronic fuel injection system. Acceleration to "hundreds" takes 7.7 seconds. The engine is aggregated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The front independent suspension uses damping struts and triangular wishbones, the rear - longitudinal and wishbones. Shock absorbers are installed in front and rear.

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Standard equipment includes front and rear disc brakes (front ventilated) with ABS. The upgrade touched the Lexus ES 300 in 1999. First of all, the engine has changed.

He received a variable valve timing system, a VVT-i-another, and a 3-stage intake manifold with a separate exhaust system (for each row of cylinders). The power of the power unit has increased to 213 hp Addition to the 4-speed "automatic" was the traction control system on the drive wheels. In 2000, the change has already mainly affected the exterior and interior.

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By request, the car can be equipped with a system of dynamic stabilization during the movement of VSC and BASS in the brake drive. Lexus ES 300 of 2002, in comparison with the predecessor, became noticeably roomier, the wheelbase increased by about five centimeters, and the height - by six. The fact that Lexus experts used new sound-absorbing materials, did a great job on setting up the suspension, and as a result improved handling while maintaining a high level of ride, also played a role in increasing the level of comfort. The interior is dominated by high quality leather, wood and aluminum.

A characteristic feature of all Lexus is the high standard of equipment. The ES 300 offers: automatic headlights, dimming electrochromic rear-view mirrors, electric adjustment of the front seats, a trip computer with a multi-function display, climate control with separate settings for the driver and passengers, cruise control, and a basic audio system with a five-channel amplifier and seven speakers .

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A great addition to all the above is a wide range of options: xenon headlights, rain sensor, navigation system, memory settings for seats and mirrors, sunroof, rear electric window curtain, Mark Levinson audio system, CD changer, adjustable pedals, adaptive suspension AVS and VSC stabilization system. The creators also did not forget about the increased level of security. The body structure with increased rigidity of the passenger compartment and the front and rear zones of the programmed deformation, if necessary, serves as good protection.

The basic package includes inflatable curtains and front side airbags, and the degree of filling of the front airbags depends on the strength of the collision and the weight of the passengers. Active safety is ensured by numerous systems from the ABS with electronic brake force distribution and the Brake Assist booster to the VSC already mentioned. Under the hood, a time-tested 3 L V-shaped โ€œsixโ€ with variable valve timing. Power 210 hp allows you to accelerate the car to 225 km / h. The engine is paired with a new five-speed automatic transmission with electronic control. The drag coefficient is Cx 0.28. In this car, everything is done to make the driver and passengers feel comfortable.

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But there is no limit to perfection, and the 2005 Lexus ES model year promises even more style, comfort and options. The exterior is struck by a new grille with additional horizontal slats and headlights with halogen lamps. Fog lights have become more round and increased in size. The cabin has a new steering wheel with audio and display control buttons, a voice-activated navigation system, and many other technical innovations. For lovers of sports driving style is provided with a rear wheel drive.

The ES330 comes in four new exterior colors: classic metallic silver, blue Shale Mica, golden Sonora with mother of pearl, and green Oasis with mother of pearl. Salon also updated, now instead of ivory and coal, it will be either beige or gray. The dashboard is made in silver-gray color, and all the buttons and levers will not be black as before, but in interior color. A 6-disc CD changer is built into the center console; the basic configuration will have a smart Mark Levinson audio system with 7 speakers, a five-channel amplifier and automatic sound control depending on the noise level in the cabin.

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On the new ES 330, the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) suspension adjustment system appeared as an option, which used to be only on more expensive models. AVS allows you to change suspension settings from a hard sporty ride to a soft, comfortable ride. Now the basic package includes a sunroof with a separate dimmer from the sun, a multifunctional on-board computer, auto dimming of the salon and side mirrors and a compass in the salon mirror. On all side windows there is an electric drive with one-touch opening and protection against pinching.

Improved even such little things as the backlight sills and the ground near the door and water-repellent coating glass front doors. On the ES330, at the request of the buyer, either summer or all season tires 215/55-VR17 are installed. Sporting the spirit of the car add new 6-spoke 17-inch wheels with two finishes - silver and chrome. Do not forget to supplement the list with new options: heating and ventilation of passengers' seats; in the basic configuration, the mirrors and seats remember all the settings, which are 8 on the passenger seat, and ten on the driver's seat. When the reverse gear is engaged, the side mirrors automatically switch to the mode most convenient for parking.

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We turn to security. Compared to the previous generation, the ES330 has got pre-tensioned straps and side curtains in addition to two front and two side airbags in the front seats. Improved front cushions open up in different ways, depending on the strength of the blow. The sensor in the driverโ€™s airbag also takes into account how far the driverโ€™s seat is pushed, and the sensor on the passenger side determines whether the seat is an adult or a child. The presence of such systems as ABS, EBD, VSC movement control is natural.

Under the hood is a 3.3-liter four-valve V6 with a capacity of 225 hp, combined with an automatic five-speed gearbox. The fifth generation of the ES 350, which restarted in 2009, got to the Russian market at the Moscow Motor Show. It is noteworthy that until 2010, Lexus ES in Russia was not officially sold. The car still harmoniously combines outstanding dynamic performance and a high level of comfort. At each stage of development, Japanese engineers tried to find uncompromising solutions to combine in the car, it would seem, incompatible properties: excellent dynamics and efficiency, functionality and convenience.

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The car is based on the Toyota Camry platform, only the luxury version has the suspension arms refined and a thicker front anti-roll bar installed. For the Russian market, springs and shock absorbers were also reconfigured. Exterior updates are minor and primarily cosmetic.

A slight change in aerodynamics, updated fog lights, but the grille and headlights remained virtually unchanged. Turning appeared in the rearview mirrors, taillights slightly changed shape. The key elements of the design of the model were an elongated hood, a body line shifted back, short overhangs and an elegant trunk line. The characteristic low position of the radiator grille in combination with radial contour lines gives the model a dynamic look, and a clear, strongly pronounced belt line creates a powerful, muscular silhouette. The car has an elegant and sporty appearance and at the same time is characterized by a spacious interior, not only in front but also in the rear.

Lexus ES 350 2010 is designed to meet all customer needs, to ensure their safety and comfort. The spacious, silent cabin features an exceptional level of luxury: high-quality materials and innovative equipment are used in the finish of the car. Inside, the ES 350 2010 remained virtually unchanged, except that steering buttons on the steering wheel were slightly modified.

The Lexus ES 350 2010 with front-wheel drive is equipped with an all-aluminum construction of a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. The maximum torque of the engine is 346 Nm at 4700 rpm, the maximum power is 277 hp at 6200 rpm Lexus ES 350 accelerates to 100 km per hour in 7 seconds and has a maximum speed of 230 km / h. The manufacturer managed to achieve a smooth linear acceleration and at the same time extremely low fuel consumption. The transmission is endowed with "intelligence": the quality of the road and the behavior of the driver are monitored by electronics, and the box's operating mode is adjusted to it.

Lexus ES 350 is available in two trim levels: Comfort and Luxury. Basic equipment includes: ABS, stabilization system, power steering, leather interior, electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats with memory, full power, cruise control, keyless entry and engine start button, rain and light sensors, bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control with automatic recirculation and anti-pollen filter, multi-function display, 8-speaker audio system and 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth interface for wirelessly connecting a mobile phone and USB connector To connect MP3-player or other external devices, parking sensors and other means to ensure the comfort and safety.

The Luxury package is supplemented with natural wood inserts, semi-aniline soft leather, a panoramic roof with a sunroof, light-alloy wheels with a special design, premium Mark Levinson audio system with a 6-disc DVD changer and 14 speakers supporting 7.1-channel sound, a navigation system with a hard disc and rearview camera. The color range of the ES 350 includes ten body colors. The color solution for the interior of the ES 350 in the Comfort package includes black, beige or light gray skin, for Luxury - high-quality semi-aniline leather in black, light gray or beige in combination with walnut or maple wood inlays.

Many advanced systems, such as 10 airbags, including side airbags for the rear seats and driver and passenger knee airbags, seat belts with pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, anti-skidding, directional stability, electronic adaptive road lighting and The energy-absorbing body frame provides the highest level of safety for the driver and passengers of the ES 350. The 2012 New York International Auto Show was the debut site for the sixth generation of the model.

The basis of the car lay platform from the Toyota Camry 2012, the overall length of the sedan, compared with its predecessor, increased by 25 mm (up to 4895 mm), and the size of the wheelbase added 35 mm (up to 2819 mm). Due to this, the free space for rear passengers has increased significantly. Externally, the sedan Lexus ES 2012 received a new branded grille in the form of an hourglass, head optics with LED sections, narrow taillights and a strongly tilted rear strut, giving the car a fast-paced look. The ES 350 version has a double exhaust pipe, while the hybrid 300h, on the contrary, hid the exhaust, but decorated the trunk lid with an elegant spoiler.

The standard equipment Lexus ES 2013 is equipped with tires with low rolling resistance dimension 215/55 on 17-inch alloy wheels. 18 size available as an option. The salon has become more spacious, the concept of the cabin has changed fundamentally, wood trim with metallic accents and an infotainment system with Remote Touch Interface technology have appeared. A seven-inch screen of the Lexus Enform multimedia system was placed under the visor above the center console, and a mechanical watch appeared below it. The interior is available with a choice of dark or light gray finishes.

The sedan has excellent visibility, all the controls are placed in the right places, and the silence inside the car is ensured by the soundproofing developed by the company. The steering angle is reduced from 24 to 22 degrees for a more natural position control. 10 centimeters increased legroom in the rear of the cabin.

The seats received a special upholstery from the new material NuLuxe. You can listen to music from the built-in hard drive. In the standard version, the speaker system consists of 8 speakers, but as an option, you can order the brand-name Mark Levinson acoustics with 15 speakers. Lexus engineers designed two power units for the ES. One of them is a 3.5-liter V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that transmits traction to the front axle. For the first time in the history of the release of the model, she will have a hybrid version. The installation on the ES 300h includes a 2.5-liter "four", working on the Atkinson cycle and an electric motor.

In the combined cycle, the average fuel consumption of the hybrid is 5.9 liters per hundred kilometers. Lexus ES 300h offers the driver 4 driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. In the latter case, the car uses only the charge of the traction battery without the intervention of the internal combustion engine, and the sports mode allows you to most fully reveal all the dynamic capabilities of the hybrid power plant. The suspension and steering system gives the Lexus ES good road handling and polished handling.

The rear suspension got shock absorbers with improved irregularities, which contributes to comfort in the cabin, and the car body is made of light, but tough steel, which made it possible to reduce the weight of the sedan by 90 kg without sacrificing reliability. Lexus ES security systems themselves detect obstructions on the road, avoiding collisions, and control blind spots from the sides of the car. Already in standard sedan equipped with ten airbags, including airbags for the knees of the driver, front passenger and curtains for the second row.

In the new Lexus, there is also a call button help, which will help emergency services determine the location of the car.

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