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After a visual freshening in 2016, the Lexus ES 350 only received minor tweaks in 2017. Now, as we prepare for the 2018 model year, we expect the ES 350 to carry over unchanged.

Visually, we expect nothing to change on the 2018 Lexus ES 350. Look for it to carry on with the revamped appearance it received two years ago, which included sharper headlights, a new taillight design, and reworked front and rear fascias.

Inside, we expect not a single change as well, but it did receive a few nice changes in previous years, including improved sound deadening and visual updates in 2016, and a new infotainment system in 2017 with new graphics, an updated Scout GPS Link, new menu shortcuts, a “back” button for the maligned Remote Touch Interface system and improved voice recognition.

Also continuing will be the spacious seating arrangement, including 40 inches of rear seat leg room and 55 inches of rear seat shoulder room. Luggage hauling will remain a strong point again with up to 15.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

We expect 2018 ES 350’s standard features to carry on without any changes. They will include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED low-beam headlights, fog lights and running lights, rain-sensing wipers, auto climate control, leatherette upholstery, an 8-inch infotainment screen, Scout GPS Link, an eight-speaker audio system, and more.

Lexus ES 350

Powering the ES 350 will be the same 3.5-liter V6 from the previous year that will produce 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. This limited power and six-speed automatic transmission are growing outdated for this class, but they deliver smooth and quiet propulsion, which will continue to cater to the ES’ older demographic. Front-wheel drive will remain the only setup.

In 2017, the ES 350 received the Lexus Safety System+, which included adaptive cruise control, collision warning, forward collision mitigation, and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, as standard. This will remain standard in 2018. The 2017 ES 350 was an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, and we expect the same rating in 2018, unless the IIHS moves the goalposts again.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2018 Lexus ES 350, but we expect a late-summer arrival based on previous launches.

The 2018 ES 350 will start from $39,895 (including $995 destination fee), which is identical to the 2017 model’s pricing.

The key competitors for the 2018 ES 350 will be the Acura TLX and Cadillac XTS.

Learn about the current ES 350 on sale now »

Pictured: 2017 Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

Lexus ES 350

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