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2006 Lexus ES330 Review
Highly desirable entry-level, luxury sedan.
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The 2006 Lexus ES 330 is one of the cheapest models in the entire Lexus lineup. It is an entry-level vehicle that gives the price conscious buyer a lot of luxury. The interior is spacious and well equipped, the ride is great, and it offers a lot more in power than any other competitor.
The Lexus ES 330 has been around since 1992, and people can see that this car has a legacy of improvement. Everything, from the exterior design down to the features in the cabin, has been refined to near perfection. However, Lexus does admit that this isn’t the car for every driver, due to some of its limitations. Some driver’s may not like the limited, rear cargo space.
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: Four-speed automatic
The 2006 Lexus ES 330 gains standard satellite radio this year. The horsepower rates lower, but this is due to new SAE standards. The 2006 Lexus ES 330 remains relatively unchanged from previous years.
The exterior of the vehicle is very attractive. The 2006 Lexus ES 330 has four doors that are easy to get in and out of. The smooth hood and aerodynamic roof is also very attractive. The sedan is fitted with standard 16-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a rear defogger, power glass sunroof, reverse tilt dual mirrors for seeing the curb while reversing, heated mirrors, front fog lamps, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, and daytime running lights.
The 2006 Lexus ES 330’s interior has a lot to offer. The cabin is abundant with wood trim on the dash, doors, and center console. The driver’s seat has 10-way power adjustments with lumbar support and the passenger’s seat has eight-way power adjustment. All are covered in supple leather. Power accessories come as standard as well. The back seat is very comfortable and provides a lot of space for the rear passengers. Trunk space is also quite ample at 14.5 cubic feet.
Included as standard features are an overhead console with storage, speed proportional cruise control, a tilt adjusting steering wheel, audio and cruise controls on the wheel, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate control, electrochromatic interior rearview mirror, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, memory settings for the driver and passenger, and an 86-watt audio system with seven speakers.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Lexus ES 330 is equipped with a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that pumps out 218 horsepower with 236 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is built with front-wheel drive and is controlled by a five-speed automatic transmission. An adaptive variable suspension is available as an option, which will cost an arm and a leg. Otherwise, the 2006 Lexus ES 330 is fitted with MacPherson strut suspension in the front and the back.
The independent suspension system is quite impressive, absorbing most potholes and bumps found in the city. The ride is cushioned and very comfortable. The engine is surprisingly quick, even though the competition does have engines with a bit more power than the 2006 Lexus ES 330.
Although the 2006 Lexus ES 330 does have a lot going for it, there are plenty of other cars on the market that perform better on the road. However, in combination with the standard luxury features, the performance of the V-6 engine can be excused.
The 2006 Lexus ES 330 is fitted with full side curtain airbags, seat mounted airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. Oddly, vehicle skid control and stability control are optional features. Other safety features include front and rear head airbags, child seat anchors, an anti-theft alarm system, ventilated front disc brakes, passenger occupancy sensitive airbags, and an emergency interior trunk release. The 2006 Lexus ES 330 received top marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for every category except for side impacts, where it received four stars instead of five. The 2006 Lexus ES 330 also received a score of ""good"" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for all crash tests, which is its top score.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Standard luxury and convenience features
- Great riding quality
- Airtight and quiet cabin
- Extra safety features are state of the art
- Reliable vehicle
You Won't Like
- Boring drive qualities
- Optional features are incredibly expensive
- Rear seat does not have a split folding system
Highly desirable entry-level, luxury sedan.
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