Note: Lexus provided me with a 2017 ES 350 for 1 weeks to review. I did not receive any other form of compensation. All views and opinions expressed in this article are my own.
It’s no secret that I have a love for all things Toyota (Driving a Rav4 for 17 years and then falling love in with the 2017 Toyota Prius Three and the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium, but then they car gods graced me with a Lexus EX 350 to review. Part the clouds and cue the angel music – because this car was not only amazing and luxurious but also my #LadyBoss good luck charm.
While the gas milage wasn’t as amazing as the Prius, it was still pretty impressive – I averaged around 28 miles per gallon on my road trip from Atlanta to Nashville. I only had to fill up once during my trip on the way back, which made me a pretty happy camper. My favorite part of this car though was the interior – when you’re spending a lot of time in your car whether on road trips, work trips, or even just sitting in traffic on the way to a meeting – your entire experience is made less stressful and more enjoyable when your environment is as lush as the ES 350. This is the ultimate Lady Boss car. That wasn’t a surprise to me as my father has Lexus, and I’ve been a big fan of the brand for years.
Offering a smooth and quiet ride, spacious seating, and amazing safety scores, the 2017 Lexus ES 350 is the best luxury midsize car for your money (and the 2018 model is now available as well and also an amazing car for your money – with a hybrid model offering you up to 40 mpg)!
So what were my top 5 favorite features of this car? I have my breakdown for you below!
As I mentioned above, my favorite part of this car was the interior. The lines, the materials, the overall design and even the color palate all clearly make this a luxury car. The embossed-stitched perforated leather trimmed interior with the wood trim/console is an upgrade well-worth making and paired with the heated and ventilated fronts – which gets highlighted below – truly makes driving a lavish experience.
I’ve made it no secret how much I love heated/cooled seats in my car reviews. It’s amazing during the summer to have cooled seats, and the heated seats are a must during the winter months (though I’m a rather big fan of blasting cold air in the summer and then using the heated seats – it’s the little things in life that make me smile and geek out)!
I also love that the dual-zone automatic climate control is a standard feature on this car. If you spend a lot of time in your car with a companion in your passenger seat that doesn’t quite go-for the same temperature as you – this is a life-saver. Your passenger can keep themselves as cool as they like and you don’t freeze to death (at least this is my constant issue when taking road trips with my boyfriend).
I probably geeked out over this feature the most. The car has a built in-mouse to navigate between options on your display. It made the ES 350 feel like a cross between a car and a computer – and I loved it! It is sensitive, so it takes getting a little used to – but I love it so much more than the touch screens.
Lexus’ Drive Mode Select System gives you the choice between Eco, Power, and EV modes, letting you be in full control of how you drive. While this isn’t a hybrid – I still appreciated this level of control allowing me more power when I need it and then also allowing me to save on gas in my normal every day driving.
This car is amazing for road trips for so many reasons – and space is another one that I have to highlight. There’s plenty of room – even for those of us that are a little bit taller than the average driver. The truck is quite spacious – and while the back seats don’t fold down – there is a small, narrow area that does – making it super easy for you transport long objects like skiis!
Noteworthy Standard Features Include:
- Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Push-Button Start
- A Rearview Camera
- 8-inch Infotainment Screen
- Eight-Speaker Audio System
- Bluetooth Technology
- A USB Audio Plug
- Satellite Radio (SiriusXM 3 Month All Access Trial Subscription)
- Voice Recognition
- Standard Advanced Safety Features: forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist
Take a look a the highlights of the 2017 Lexus ES 350 below!
Geek Girl Review Video: 2017 Lexus ES 350
All in all, the 2017 Lexus ES 350 got a 4 out of 5 “Geek Out” factor from me, and I’m pretty sure the hybrid model would get a full 5 out 5 – because the only thing I would improve here is the gas mileage. That being said, this is a larger car than the Prius – so you do trade a little of mileage for the luxurious interior – which for me, is totally worth it.
I didn’t want to turn the ES 350 back in, because not only did I love driving it – but it was my good luck charm – as during the week I had the car, I pitched an app concept I’ve been working on – and it got funding! So for me, Lexus will forever be my Lady Boss good luck charm. Thank you Lexus!
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Note: Lexus did provided me with a 2017 Lexus ES 350 for 1 week to review. I did not receive any other form of compensation. All views and opinions expressed in this article are my own.