Lexus ES330 Origins
The Lexus ES330 shared the ES300’s basic body design, which featured an elegantly sloped roof and hood, pulled-back headlamps, and invisible B-pillars. Like previous ES models, body construction for the ES330 was based on the Toyota Camry. However, the ES330 boasted cushier details than the Camry.
For the first time in the ES line, leather seats and a power sunroof became standard rather than optional. Other base features included alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, faux walnut trim, and a seven-speaker audio system. Available upgrades included heated front seats and a steering wheel made of leather and real wood. Buyers who wanted a sportier driving experience could upgrade to an adaptive suspension.
Few changes were made to the ES330 during its short three-year production run. Voice activation and maple wood grain trim were introduced as options in 2005. Lexus also made small modifications to the front and rear fascias. In 2007, the ES330 was replaced with the Lexus ES350, which boasted a larger 3.5-liter 272-horsepower V-6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. About the Lexus ES330
Similar to other models in the Lexus ES line, the Lexus ES330 is best known as a basic yet refined luxury sedan.
As one of the Lexus brand’s most affordable vehicles, the ES330 made an ideal entry-level car for buyers looking for their first premium ride. Attractive features such as leather and wood trim and convenient amenities like heated seats helped make the ES330 a popular office-commute vehicle. At the same time, a spacious cabin and five seats meant adequate room for family members, groceries, and luggage.
While ES sedans were never meant as sports cars, a larger 3.3-liter V-6 engine and optional adaptive suspension gifted the ES330 with more athletic ability than its predecessors. Lexus ES330 Features
While Lexus was still manufacturing new models for its line of entry-level ES sedans as of 2012, the last ES330 was produced in 2006. Post-2006, the car was known as the Lexus ES350.
The 2006 Lexus ES330 was powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 producing 218 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It came in just one trim level. Standard features in 2006 included leather seating, alloy wheels, a chrome grille, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone climate control, power seats and windows, and wood trim in either walnut or golden bird’s eye maple. A number of luxury upgrades were available, including a powered rear sunshade, heated seats, premium Mark Levinson sound system, 6-disc CD changer, DVD-based navigation system with voice activation, satellite radio, and power adjustable pedals.
Safety features included seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, child seat anchors, dusk-sensing headlamps, emergency interior trunk release, and front and rear seat belt pretensioners. Stability control and traction control were optional.
Just like the ES300, the 2006 ES330 measured 191.1 inches long, 57.3 inches tall, and 71.3 inches wide with a wheelbase of 107.1 inches. Total interior volume was 110.9 cubic feet, while available cargo space was 14.5 cubic feet. When adequately equipped, the ES300 had a maximum tow capacity of 2,000 pounds. Lexus ES330 Evolution
For 2004, Lexus fitted the ES300 with a new 3.3-liter 225-horsepower engine and redubbed the model the Lexus ES330. The engine’s power capability was later revised to 218 horsepower due to changes in the SAE power testing process.
Body style and features were largely carried over from the 2003 ES300. Premium amenities such as leather seats, wood grain trim, and a power-operated sunroof were standard. In addition to the larger engine, new features for the ES330 included larger airbags, a memory setting for power-adjustable pedals, a more advanced navigation system, and a maintenance indicator light.
A special edition Lexus ES330 SportDesign model was also released in 2004. The SportDesign came standard with many of the options available in the base model, including adaptive variable suspension and a premium Mark Levinson audio system. New features for the special edition included Y-spoke alloy wheels and distinctive dark exterior colors.
Lexus gave the ES330 a small facelift in 2005, revising the grille and fascias, adding clear taillights and projector headlamps, and offering 17-inch alloy or chrome wheels. Interior upgrades included a steering wheel updated with audio and display controls, heated and ventilated front seats, memory settings for the adjustable driver and passenger side seats, a new navigation system updated with voice activation, satellite radio availability, and the choice of light bird’s eye maple trim as an alternative to standard dark walnut.
Another special edition was released in 2005. The Lexus ES330 Black Diamond Edition boasted black wood trim, an iridescent Black Diamond exterior finish, and a special set of Tumi luggage.