What is it like to drive the 2019 Lexus ES?
What is it like to drive the 2019 Lexus ES? For this model year, all versions of the ES offer a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to tailor the car’s settings to varying road conditions. Models without AVS offer Eco, Normal and Sport modes while AVS-equipped cars replace Sport mode with Sport S while adding Sport S+ and Custom. The new ES is the first Lexus product to offer Apple CarPlay and is also Amazon Alexa®-enabled. Safety features include the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment. Some features of the LSS 2.0 program include a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Assist (LDA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), All-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
NY Daily News writes, “Much of that same platform strengthening and chassis improvement intended to sharpen the ES’ reflexes is clearly evident in the car’s calm and quiet cabin, which repeat buyers will no doubt appreciate. This is most evident when switching from Sport or Sport+ mode back to Comfort mode – or when sampling the wares of the ES 300h, the hybrid counterpoint to the F Sport’s would-be tempest. Indeed, despite its modest 215 total system horsepower from its battery-assisted 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the 300h never felt overtaxed unless pushed to the absolute limit.”
Digital Trends shares, “The new platform lowers the roofline and overall center of gravity, allowing engineers to widen the car’s track and extend its wheelbase. The result is significantly improved handling and road-hugging driving dynamics across the board. No, really, we’re not joking. The Lexus ES in all forms is a genuinely pleasant car to drive on some curvy bits, and drastically better at handling them than the previous model. This is also thanks to a special new shock absorber design featuring a new “swing valve” that improves dampening functions and control, translating to way better steering response, vehicle stability, ride comfort, and suspension composure.”