A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lexus ES

The 2012 Lexus ES is a luxury sedan that successfully competes with the Audi A6 and Acura TL. This front-wheel drive sedan has driving comfort while providing a spacious interior whether you are carrying kids or cargo. It offers lots of standard and optional features with a great starting price for many budgets. Overall, the Lexus ES is a well-built car that provides a quiet interior ride, can handle curvy mountain roads, and will keep you well insulated from harsh weather environments. It is the perfect vehicle for those looking for an elegant and dependable car to drive every day.

Key Features

The Lexus ES has a 3.5 liter V6 with 268 hp at 6,200 rpm. It offers an estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. A six speed automatic transmission, dual climate control, moonroof, HomeLink, Bluetooth audio streaming, eight speaker sound system, and a smog sensing system also come standard on this vehicle.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, the Lexus ES is now available in a new color, Nebula Gray Pearl. It also comes in the Touring Edition which features 17-inch high gloss wheels and a saddle leather interior.

What We Like

The 14 speaker Mark Levinson audio system sounds amazing in the vehicle, no matter how loud the traffic is around you. The system is available with the Navigation System/Mark Levison package, so it doesn’t come standard but it is well worth the upgrade. The seat ventilation controls are nice and offer both heated and cooled seats. The seats warmup and cool down really fast so you will be comfortable in no time. Overall, the car ride is smooth so you will love it for long trips.

What Concerns Us

If you are looking for more performance from your luxury sedan, you may want to consider a BMW 3 Series, an Audi A4, or a Mercedes-Benz C-class. These cars offer all-wheel drive and have sportier suspension when compared to the Lexus ES. Furthermore, once you start adding on the optional features, the Lexus ES can get much more expensive where the competitors offers more standard features.

Available Models

There are no other models for the Lexus ES.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2012 Lexus ES.

Common Issues

Common consumer complaints for the Lexus ES include the brakes not working properly, electrical wiring smoldering, dashboard vinyl melting, seatbelt retractor broken, and smoke coming front the heated seat.

Lexus ES 2012 Interior


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