While all of the changes to the Lexus ES 350 in 2016 may make it seem like a full redesign, it was actually just a refresh. These looks are expected to continue into 2017 without change. The main purpose of Lexus giving its ES this significant of a refresh was to bring the aging sedan up to date with other new models in its lineup. Now that it is up to speed, Lexus has a few years before it needs to redesign the ES.
The outward appearance of the ES 350 saw the biggest changes in 2016 as it gained all-new front and rear fascias that better aligned it with Lexus’ current design language. These changes included a new grille, headlights, front apron, taillights, and rear bumper. We expect the looks to carry into the new year without changes, and the same goes for its standard 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights.
The interior also underwent some changes, but they were far less significant than those of the body. Basically, the cabin gained only some new trim bits, like three new kinds of wood and piano black door switch plates, plus it earned a larger 4.2-inch multi-information display unit.
Other standard feature in the 2016 ES 350 included 10-way power seats, premium vinyl seating, auto climate control, HomeLink programmable garage door opener, Siri Eyes Free, and an eight-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen. Most of this should remain unchanged in 2017, save for the potential addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the possible simplification of the frustrating optional navigation system.