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UPDATED: Jul 23, 2019

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Among upscale midsized cars, the 2011 Lexus ES 350 is aimed at the luxury cruiser niche. Reviewers say that, although it’s not a sports car by any means, the ES 350 has one of the most elegant and refined cabins of any vehicle costing less than $40,000.

Car and Driver magazine describes the ES’ interior as one of “faultless quality,” and Consumer Guide says that it verges on “opulent.” The ventilated, soft-grain leather seats are exceptionally comfortable, with padding and legroom to spare, and they come with the option of heating and cooling.

The ES also offers more generous passenger and trunk space than many of its rivals and reviewers appreciated this luxury sedan’s user-friendly controls.

However if you want sporty performance, U.S. News and World Report suggests that you steer clear of the 2011 Lexus ES.

The BMW 3 Series is the class leader in this area, and the Infiniti G37 and Cadillac CTS are also very strong contenders in this respect but the Lexus ES 350 is your ticket if you want a smooth, luxurious ride.

CNET describes the 2011 Lexus ES’ driving experience as “effortless.” For information on the cost of auto insurance for the Lexus ES 350, read on or compare quotes for this luxury sedan instantly by typing your zip code above.

How much is auto insurance for a Lexus ES 350?

When it comes to auto insurance costs, the Lexus ES is much more affordable to insure than other upscale midsize sedans. It will cost a typical owner with over six years’ driving history just $1,279 to insure on an annual basis, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Over five years, that will add up to a total premium of $6,398.

Edmunds projects that Cadillac CTS owners will pay $2,000 a year for car insurance, and Infiniti G and Mercedes C Class drivers will shell out $1,800. Rates for insuring a BMW 3 Series, Volkswagen Eos or Audi A5 are projected to top $1,700.

While auto insurance rates for insuring a Lexus ES are low when you compare them to this sedan’s major competitors, they rise considerably for less-experienced drivers.

For owners with 3-year to 6-year driving histories, annual premiums for the Lexus ES will average about $2,407 per year, and they’ll skyrocket to $3,674 a year for drivers with fewer than three years’ experience.

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Lexus ES Repair Expenses

Since Lexus warrants the 2011 ES 350 for 48 months or 50,000 miles, most owners don’t see any repair bills until about the fourth year they own their cars. The fourth-year bill averages $569, and most drivers will pay a fifth-year bill of about $853, the NADA reports.

This adds up to a total 5-year repair bill of just $1,422, which is low compared to the repair costs typically paid by drivers of competing luxury sedans.

For instance, you’ll pay about $2,611 for repairs over five years if you drive either a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes C Class, and Audi A5 drivers will pay about $2,333 for five years of vehicle repairs.

Projected repair costs for the Cadillac CTS will total a bit less than $2,000 after five years, Edmunds says. Only the Infiniti G boasts lower auto insurance rates than the Lexus ES 350, at slightly more than $1,000.

Lexus ES Maintenance Costs

Lexus does not include scheduled maintenance in its new vehicle warranty like BMW does, so owners must begin paying for maintenance out of pocket immediately. The only exception to this is tire balancing and wheel alignment, which are free for 20,000 miles or one year.

The NADA projects that drivers will pay a first-year bill of approximately $262 for routine maintenance, and they’ll pay an estimated $294 bill the second year.

The Lexus ES’ third-year maintenance overhaul will total roughly $1,432, and scheduled maintenance bills for the fourth and fifth years of ownership will be about $440 and $238, respectively. All in all, drivers should expect to pay around $2,665 to maintain a 2011 Lexus ES for five years.

Compared to the costs of maintaining other upscale midsize sedans, the Lexus ES 350’s maintenance expenses are a bargain. It will cost drivers between $3,000 and $4,000 to insure a Cadillac CTS, a Volkswagen Eos, or a BMW 3 Series.

Audi A5 maintenance costs will top $5,500, and maintenance bills for the Mercedes C Class and the 2011 Infiniti G will total around $6,000 after five years.

Safety Ratings for the ES 350

Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2011 ES 350 top scores on roof strength, side-impact, and frontal offset tests, the ES didn’t do so well on rear impact testing.

In this “whiplash protection” test, the IIHS measures the extent to which the ES’ headrests cushion the driver’s head in a rear-impact collision, which prevents or lessens the severity of whiplash.

Its low score of “Marginal” could be due to the fact that the Lexus ES isn’t equipped with active head restraints, which are standard in some other upscale sedans.

The Infiniti G and the Lexus HS 250 Hybrid are the only other vehicles to earn this second-to-lowest score in any of the crash test categories, and they received it in the rear impact category as well. Several models, including the BMW 3 Series, the Saab 9-3, and the Infiniti G, earned lower ratings than the Lexus ES in roof strength testing.

Five luxury or near-luxury vehicles earned the highest available score from the IIHS in all four testing categories. This achievement, along with the inclusion of dynamic stability control as a standard feature, means they were selected as “Top Safety Picks.”

The following vehicles earned this designation:

  • 2011 Audi A4
  • 2011 Mercedes C Class
  • 2011 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2012 Volvo S60
  • 2012 Volkswagen CC

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