Lexus is known as one of the few premium automotive brands that offer a diverse lineup. For those who opt for a hard-edged sport sedan, they can choose the IS Series, while for others who consider comfort and luxury as their utmost priority, they must choose the front-wheel drive Lexus ES Sedan. The 2012 Lexus ES 350 Sedan is the newest among the company's long array of the ES Series, and just like its predecessors, it is spacious, quiet and was manufactured with maximum care.
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The 2012 Lexus ES 350 model of the Lexus ES Sedan has a lot more to offer as compared with the earlier ES models, especially when it comes to performance. This can be credited to its powerful V6 engine, and although it is not really the most engaging car to drive, it's still preferred by many whose main concerns are comfort and luxury. Lexus has a lot more things to offer when it comes to customary and optional upscale features and amenities for this series.
The 2012 Lexus ES is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission to deliver 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It is impressively fast, accelerating to 60 mph in only 7 seconds, yet manages to still return 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are both fantastic numbers. Its velvety smooth ride can be credited to the four-wheel independent suspension; this ensures that passengers are not affected for bumps and holes in the road.
As far as safety is concerned, this is a vehicle you can feel good about driving. When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested it, the ES scored a "Good" rating in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. Not only that, it was able to stop from 60 mph in 133 feet, which is decent, but could be better. Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS, child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, rear door safety locks, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, stability and traction control, interior trunk release, electronic brakeforce distribution, tire pressure monitoring and a post-collision safety system. As impressive as these features are, there are also some optional safety features available for the ES. These include an intuitive parking assist, radar-based pre-collision safety system and the Lexus Enform and Safety Connect telematics system. All this means that the 2012 Lexus ES 350 is as safe as it is stunning, making it a desirable car for any driver.