The Lexus ES 350 continues to blur the line between “entry luxury” and “prestige-luxury.” The ES 350 carries into 2009 adding a new color to its palette, the vibrant Matador Red Mica replaces Royal Ruby Metallic.

The ES 350’s aluminum 3.5-liter V6 produces 272 horsepower 254 lb.-ft. torque. The ES 350 owes its smooth, quiet ride in large part to a rigid unibody structure that allows suspension to be tuned for optimal compliance. Standard 17 x 7-inch aluminum alloy wheels carry 215/55R17 all-season or summer tires.

The ES 350 exudes a rich, contemporary look with a long hood, pulled-back cabin, short overhangs and short rear deck. Signature low grille position, below projector bulb headlamps, with movement flowing outward, upward and away from the grille conveys a dynamic feeling. The crisp, high-shouldered cut-line along flanks adds a muscular appearance.

Built on a generous 109.3-inch wheelbase, the midsize ES 350 provides a roomy and inviting interior. The driver and passengers are treated to intelligent, elegant luxury, with touch points that convey quality and controls that respond fluidly. The high level of Lexus craftsmanship is immediately evident in the ES 350, with bright, clear Optitron gauges premium wood, polished metal and leather accents.

Base model estimated mpg: 19/27

Estimated starting price: $34,120

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