What Is the Difference Between a Lexus ES 330 & a Lexus ES 350?

by Traneisha Jones

When you think of Lexus, one word comes to mind: luxury. Rated among the best of its class by J.D. Power & Associates, Lexus has consistently produced quality, efficient vehicles. The Lexus sedan, a midsize vehicle that accommodates a large family or up to five adults, is a continuation of their reputation in the luxury car industry.


First introduced in 1996, the Lexus ES 300 was Lexus' introduction to the "midsize" luxury vehicle market. Eight years later, Lexus produced the ES 330.

The Lexus ES 330

A sequel to the Lexus ES 300, the Lexus ES 330 was introduced in 2004. Like the sedan that preceded it, the Lexus ES 330 included 16-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker CD/cassette audio system and faux walnut trim. As added amenities, leather upholstery and a moon roof became standard features.

As options, consumers could choose to add a higher wattage Mark Levinson sound system, a navigation system, heated front seats, real wood or leather steering wheel, xenon HID headlights and a stability control system.

The Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 offers the same standard amenities as the ES 330. What sets the Lexus ES 350 apart from its predecessor is its overall performance. The Lexus ES 350 has a more powerful engine. The ES 350 also offers adaptive cruise control, which allows the vehicle to sustain the speed set by the driver while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it; a precrash system, which warns the driver of an impending accident; adaptive xenon HID headlamps, which adapt to the layout of the road (such as curves or turns) and weather conditions; and park assist, which parks a vehicle into a designated space with little effort on the part of the driver.

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