2019 Lexus ES Will Set You Back At Least $40,525


The new Japanese luxury sedan is priced aggressively against the competition.

Have you been checking out the new 2019 Lexus ES, and wondering how much it'd take to put one in your driveway? Well wonder no more, luxury-car buyer, because Lexus has released the pricing information.

The new ES 350 will start at $39,500 – plus a $1,025 destination charge for an all-in base MSRP of $40,525. That's just $550 more than Lexus charged for the outgoing 2018 model, which strikes us as an entirely reasonable premium for the completely new model with all the improvements it brings. Of course that's just for the base model. Step up to the ES 300h hybrid and you'll be looking at $41,310 ($42,335 delivered), which is actually $510 less than the previous version. And if you're looking for a sportier look and feel, the new ES 350 F Sport starts at $44,035 ($45,060 delivered).

The pricing places the new ES in between the sportier IS sedan (which started 2018 with a $38,210 list price) and the larger outgoing GS (which started 2018 at $46,510). Relative to the competition, the new ES undercuts the Mercedes-Benz C300 (which starts at $40,250). Like the C-Class, the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series also start out with less potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but undercut the new Lexus' price at $36,000 for the A4 2.0 TSFI and $34,900 for the 320i. To compare apples to apples, though, you'd have to look to the Audi S4 ($43,650 with 292 hp), BMW 340i ($48,950 with 320 hp), , or Mercedes-AMG C43 ($53,400 with 362 hp) – all more expensive than the new ES.

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The Acura TLX also starts lower at $33,000 with the base 206-hp four, or $36,200 with the 290-hp V6. The Infiniti Q50 does too, at $35,200 with the 208-hp four or $39,150 with the 300-hp V6. The base Cadillac ATS undercuts it as well at $36,490 with the 272-hp four but significantly commands more at $44,890 with the 335-hp V6. The new Volvo S60 also starts less at $35,800 in 250-hp T5 spec, or about the same at $40,300 for the 316-hp T6. Genesis has yet to release pricing for the new G70. Along with the pricing details, Toyota's luxury brand has also released fuel-economy figures for both engines.

The ES 350 packs a 3.5-liter V6, rated at 302 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It returns EPA mileage figures of 22 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mph on the highway, and 26 mpg on the combined cycle. The ES 350 F Sport is powered by the same engine but takes a slight hit in economy at 22 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway, and 25 combined.

The hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter inline-four with an electric assist, working in unison to deliver 215 hp and return an impressive 43 mpg (city), 45 (highway), and 44 on the combined cycle.

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