2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD: Surprises up its sleeve–good ones!

2 Sep 2021 | 157 views | No Comment
  Driving the 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD was like a casual lunch with an old friend for me. The familiarity is there.  The memories of time spent together suddenly spring to your mind--and you smile. But you notice some changes since your last time together--and in the case of the 2021 Lexus ES, well---that's a good thing. As a car writer who's become pretty familiar over the years with Lexus, it's clear that it has transformed itself into quite the stylish, contemporary brand, while still maintaining all of the familiar stuff --comfort, durability, reliability, and class--that you remember from experiences past.  But in recent years, the brand has hit the personality button pretty hard, and injected a lot of fun, handling and beauty into just about the entire lineup. That became quite evident in the time I spent with the ES 250. Let's take a rundown on this year's version:          Price: The price range for Lexus ES starts at about $40,000 and reaches about $50,000 fully loaded. Performance: Acceleration was brisk and handling was well-balanced, predictable, and reassuring.  It's powered by a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and uses an eight speed direct-shift automatic. I had quite a lot of fun driving the ES and I was especially pleased with the its Drive Mode Select, Lexus' multi-mode system in the car. Unlike other makes that provide drivers the choice of several different modes that end up feeling pretty much the same, there actually were changes in personality, acceleration, shifting and other aspects with the ES 250 AWD that I drove. Economy: The federal rating for economy is 25 city, 34 miles per gallon on the highway, and 24 miles per gallon overall. The car: You'd best discard whatever stereotypes and opinions you may have accumulated about the Lexus ES--because this is a whole new ballgame. I had not driven an ES for quite some time, and this new version is quite a wake-up call, and a very good one at that! It's far sexier than any other ES I drove in past years, and its interior has quite a contemporary up to date interior.  And was that a growl I actually heard coming from the exhaust system?  You bet!  Performance--at least for me-- was quite a departure from older models as I mentioned earlier. Taken as a whole, this is a fresh breath of air for the luxury brand.  You will want to put it on your list for consideration when you go shopping. Safety: ES 250 is equipped with Lexus' respected Safety System+ 2.0.  That system provides standard items like lane departure mitigation  if you wander over markers, prompting the car to automatically steer you back to maintain your lane placement; adaptive cruise control, a good thing to have on the highway because it maintains a constant distance between the car and the vehicle on front, as dwell as slowing you down to maintain that distance, and you get automatic emergency braking as well. Technology:
      Your choice with the Lexus ES 250 will be Base, F Sport, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury versions.  You won't have to worry about choosing between engine and powertrain equipment because all of models come with a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, that is connected to an eight-speed automatic. And all-wheel drive is standard as well. The base model may provide you with everything you need since it's loaded. Standard are sunroof,  simulated leather interior, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, eight inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android and Amazon Alexa integration, Lexus Enform connected services and a 10-speaker Pioneer audio system. If you want a little spice with your new ES 250, you may want to consider the F Sport.
It comes with a standard Premium package, 19 inch wheels, a more athletic look to its exterior, thicker front seat bolstering and a sport suspension. The Luxury trim version focuses on just that: Luxury.  Standard equipment gets you 18 inch wheels, wood interior trim, ambient interior lighting, power rear sunshade, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a few more driver's seat positions, and a few other goodies. If you want the most lavish ES around, you will want to consider the Ultra Luxury version.  You will get all the features of the other models, along with some others, such a richer leather seating presentation, upgraded suspension, navigation system, surround-view camera which includes offering you a birds-eye look of the surroundings of your car--which comes in handy when you're in a parking  squeeze, and a heated wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Aesthetics/Styling:
I loved it. It looks far sleeker and contemporary than previous models that pre-dated the 2018 redo of the ES.  It has a much more racy roof design, more muscular character lines and side profile, and aggressive-looking front and rear ends.  If you want more sedate, workaday design in your next luxury car, well.. you will want to look elsewhere.  Boy, I never thought I'd say that about an ES, but it sure speaks for itself! Warranty: four years/50,000 miles    

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