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Thursday, August 7, 2008

2009 Lexus ES 350

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The 2009 Lexus ES 350 should see no major changes after adding a new trim level to the lineup in 2008. The Pebble Beach Edition will offer three exclusive colors and seven-spoke 17-inch wheels along with special badging and interior trim. The ES remains essentially a luxury version of the Toyota Camry; Lexus is Toyota's premium division. The ES 350 is powered by a 272-hp 3.5-liter V6. The sole transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, rear side airbags, and front knee airbags. Lexus's Pre-Collision System, which readies airbags, seatbelts, and brakes when sensors detect a skid or imminent crash, is optional. It's paired with adaptive cruise control.

Wood interior trim and a sunroof are included, but leather upholstery is optional. Other options include the Ultra Luxury Package with a "panorama" glass roof, a navigation system with a rearview camera, and steering-linked headlamps. This report is based on evaluations of the 2008 ES 350.