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2009 Lexus ES350 Review
The classic four-door sedan perfected.
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The single front-drive 2009 Lexus ES350 model comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 272 horsepower. More than 100 onboard sensors detect any shifts in the vehicle’s path, so the ES350 offers a comfortable ride with seamless style. It breaks further away from the ES 330 it originally replaced by adding a four-door sedan.
Aside from the addition of interior room and safety features in the ES350, the Lexus lineup has few changes for the 2009 model year. The ES350 also boasts a lower price tag than most other vehicles in its class. The ES350’s 2009 upgrades mostly involve electronic updates and creature comforts. Lexus celebrates its 23rd year in the U.S. with the reintroduction of the 2009 ES350.
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Model: Lexus ES350
Lexus re-releases a familiar classic from its lineup with the ES350 model for those itching for performance and luxury without a painful price tag. Lexus provides a large selection of standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, and steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and trip monitor computer. Soft-tone LED interior lighting and lighted cup holders come as standard luxury features, as well as an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with an integrated compass.SmartAccess keyless entry provides another standard amenity; it permits the driver to enter and start the vehicle with the push of a button. Other standard features include a Pre-Collision System where the car computer system will apply brakes and prime seatbelts when the computer detects an unavoidable crash.
The optional Premium Package includes many creature comforts such as leather seats, Bluetooth wireless ability, and a computer that stores individualized information for seat, mirror, and steering wheel adjustment. The Premium Package kicks it up a notch with a driver’s seat cushion extender, rain-sensing wipers, and heated and ventilated front seats. For those going full-throttle, the Ultra-Luxury Package adds a panorama glass roof, a rear back-up camera, perforated leather seating, a power rear sunshade, HID headlights, a navigation system, and leather and wood trim. Parking is a cinch with ultrasonic sensors to detect objects in front and behind the vehicle and displaying distances on the dashboard.
With its four-door sedan body style, the economy-sensitive 2009 Lexus ES350 doesn’t create a ruckus every time it cruises by, but it doesn’t need to. This Lexus model offers cool classic styling and an L-finesse design, along with rainwater-resistant windows and more safety features to meet perfection.
Space continues to be tight in the 2009 Lexus ES350. Music enthusiasts will enjoy the 300-watt Mark Levinson audio system with 14 speakers, 10 channels of amplification, and a remarkably low level of harmonic distortion. The standard sound system and the Mark Levinson system both work with MP3 players and include a six-disc changer.
The ES350 also offers a host of standard comfort amenities including dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat ducts, 10-way power front seats, and steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and trip monitor.
Performance & Handling
The base 2009 Lexus ES350 with its 3.5-liter V-6 offers enough power to pass large vehicles easily. It also performs well in the parking lot, practically gliding into its parking space while easily navigating obstacles with the help of sensors. The ES350’s small size and trunk space do limit recreational activities, however.
The 2009 Lexus ES350 comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist. The ES350 also boasts vehicle stability control, front and rear side-impact door beams, and front and rear crumple zones. Add the standard daytime running lamps and the dual front and rear airbags, along with front and rear side curtain airbags, and you have a safe compact car. The GS350 also comes with dual front knee airbags, three-point seat belts for all seating positions, height adjustable front and shoulder belt anchors, an all-position emergency locking retractor, a child restraint seat, a glow-in-the-dark emergency interior trunk release, a direct tire pressure monitor system, a collapsible steering column, collapsible brake and driver footrest pedals, and a first aid kit.
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You Won't Like
- Tight seating
- Small trunk space
The classic four-door sedan perfected.
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