This past week, I drove the 2016 Lexus 9000A ES 350 4-Dr sedan.
After driving SUVs for the past few weeks it felt good to be back in a sedan, a size I am more used to driving.
Lexus Gets Personal with ES350 4-DR Sedan
The ES350 fit perfectly. I have ridden in cars and SUVs where I felt like I was sitting on my wallet the whole time. Not with the ES350. The steering wheel adjusts up/down and forward/back. When I hop in/out of the car, the steering wheel obligingly moves out of the way.
The seat adjusts forward/backward, tilts up/down and the back support leans forward/backward as well. The head rest was mere centimeters = less than an inch from the back of my head! And the lumbar support! The car fits! 10 ways!
In other cars of this class, I have been overwhelmed with buttons and settings not to mention manuals thick enough to fill up the entire glove box to boot. Not the Lexus ES350. I felt at home almost immediately. In my obligatory Bluetooth test, I had my phone connected and was able to call within a baker's dozen of seconds. And in the time it took for the other party to pick up, I had Pandora streaming in and my daughter was enjoying the Disney Channel.
Catches the Lady's Eyes
"This car is really cool, daddy!"
You can be sure a car impresses if it gets an 8-year old to look up from her Netflix movie long enough to comment.
Lexus 4-Dr Sedan is Family Friendly
The real kicker is the extra mile the ES350 went for our family.
We took a road trip to the Pacific Ocean - a winding, hilly route from Silicon Valley to the Santa Cruz boardwalk. No car sickness!
Swimming, seashells and a cut! later ... the Lexus ES350 was waiting, and I couldn't believe this till I needed it and it was there ... a First Aid Kit in the trunk. ES350 = Extra Special, too. And no blood on the seats
When I returned the car this morning, the dealer told me, "It's the 1st time any of our journalists have ever had to use the First Aid Kit."
Blind Spot Monitors - I never thought I would learn to trust them. But when they aren't there, I miss them now.
The worst part about this car was I had to give it back after a week.
Specifications - in the images above