Lexus continues to be a trusted luxury brand that makes slow but important moves in their quest to listen to buyers and provide them with some of the most reliable vehicles on the planet. The Lexus ES has long been part of a nearly perfected formula and for the 2022 model year, the ES 350 gets a few welcomed updates that is a direct answer to what some buyers have been seeking.

The new 2022 Lexus ES 350 is updated with the most important change being its infotainment system now features a touchscreen. The new 12.3-inch screen, still utilizing the cumbersome trackpad and onscreen interface from previous years, is now a touchscreen that’s mounted closer to the driver and front passenger for easy reach. In making such a chance the ES becomes a more attractive offering among luxury buyers who may prefer to interact with an infotainment system that wasn’t necessarily bad, it was just how you controlled the system through an unagreeable touchpad interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is part of the slightly revised infotainment system as well, and there is the availability of a color heads-up display.

See Also: 2020 Lexus ES 350 Ultra Luxury Review & Test Drive

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The other notable change for the new 2022 ES is a Dynamic Handling package found on my ES 350 F Sport test vehicle, which combines the addition of two new driving modes (Custom and Sport+) and adaptive dampers for better body control and handling. Ultimately, from what I experienced this week with the new ES 350 F Sport, the adaptive dampers do a good job to appeal more to the luxurious side of things but more controlled and balanced over other trim levels of the ES. The dampers firm up instantly when going over road imperfections, undulations, and rises all making for a conforming ride that rivals much more expensive luxury sedans. Don’t worry, there isn’t any real “sport” in the way the ES 350 F Sport feels or rides, which is a characteristic that Lexus cannot shed. That’s a good thing considering the ES 350 has grown to be a rather specious luxury sedan where it’s buyers who opt for the F Sport package don’t necessarily want a sports sedan even though it has a decent 0-60 mph time of 6.6 seconds. They may look to the IS 350 F Sport or new IS 500 for that.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2021 12:14:03 +0000