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Lexus ES saloon - Reliability & safety

Lexus has a first-rate reputation for reliability and lots of safety tech is included

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The model is new to the UK, but the latest Lexus ES is actually the seventh generation of the car for Lexus, and its second-best-selling model globally, behind the Lexus RX SUV. This and the fact it shares underpinnings with the Toyota Camry – a car that has built its entire reputation on reliability – means we’d be amazed if it causes many issues for owners.

Lexus ES - reliability & safety

Lexus has a great reputation for reliability, and has topped the Driver Power survey numerous times in recent years. However, it saw a dip in the standings in 2021, coming 10th out of 29 manufacturers. This still puts it ahead of key rivals like Mercedes, BMW and Audi, in 13th, 21st and 23rd respectively.

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Reassuringly, less than 10% of owners reported a fault within the first year, which is a very low proportion. Respondents also highly praised the quality of materials inside and outside the car, along with their smooth gearboxes and excellent refinement.

The ES has been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, scoring five out of five for safety. It’s fitted with Lexus Safety System+ as standard, a suite of safety equipment including autonomous emergency braking that can spot pedestrians during the day and night, as well as cyclists during daylight hours. For 2022 the system also gained an intersection turn assist system, which can help detect cars and pedestrians when turning into a junction. An advanced set of headlights will also be available with 24 LEDs that automatically adjust for the traffic and road conditions.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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