What's to Love in the 2017 Lexus ES? The Experts at Kelley Blue Book Weigh In

KBB might rate the luxury sedan a stellar 8.1 out of 10, but it's the auto research and valuation guru's favorite features that make the new Lexus ES a segment standout.

If you're an aficionado of the well-appointed, then you'll know our automaker's long-standing exemplar of reliability. The ES sedan's balance of comfort and performance, for which the reviewer lauds its 2017 iteration, makes the grade for sport driving and the leisurely outing alike. Moreover, the Lexus four-door continues to be a popular selection in the greater luxury mid-size family.

The ES 350 remains a standout, says KBB, for no shortage of reasons, among them, the hallmark peaceful Lexus cabin ensconcing riders in contour-friendly, ten-way power-adjustable leather seating. Likewise for its quiet ride quality, made otherwise a veritable symphony experience thanks to an available 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. For the athletic turn, enthusiasts from here in the Wilmington area can look forward to a sprightly 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with 248 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed auto for smoothness and enhanced with the push of an equally spirited Sport Mode. With an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy that remains equally respectable, at up to 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, 2017 Lexus ES goes the distance just as well.

But it's what's new for 2017 that takes the ride to the next level. The mid-size sedan's Lexus Safety System+, previously optionally available, now comes standard across trims, not to mention the new ES 350. With a Pre-Collision System for accident avoidance, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist to remain on track with feedback, Intelligent High Beams, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control to keep a safe distance, arriving at your destination with peace of mind is easier than ever.

A drive-time worlds apart extends even to the new iteration, the 2018 Lexus ES 350, and you can see for yourself with a luxury odyssey behind the wheel here at Lexus of Wilmington. Take the short drive to 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., and "experience amazing."

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