Back in 1989, the Lexus ES launched the Lexus brand alongside the LS flagship. Unlike the LS or the GS and IS that launched later, the ES has always been a different kind of luxury car. Instead of trying to compete with the German options head-on (as Lexus does with the IS, GS and LS) the ES was targeted at shoppers looking for a little more room, high reliability and a more reasonable price tag than the Europeans could offer. That formula is exactly what we see in this seventh generation ES. It should be around the price of a 330i with more interior room than a 530i, it’s more efficient than a Volvo hybrid and likely more reliable than all of the above. What it won’t do however is corner carve like a 330i.