New Car Overview of the 2006 Lexus ES Series Mid-Size Luxury Sedan
Description: Mid-Size Luxury Sedan
Base MSRP Range: $32,300
Invoice Price Range: $28,640
Where built: Japan
As the sole Lexus sedan in front-wheel-drive (FWD) format, ES 330 is a mid-size model featuring crisp exterior styling and fine appointments for a five-passenger cabin. The sleek shell looks aggressive but stylish -- and downright expensive.
Climb inside to find a refined compartment trimmed in leather and wood. Editions of 2006 show golden bird's eye maple or burled walnut wood accents with options for satellite radio service subscription, a navigation system with voice activation and a bumper camera that displays images of the vehicle's reverse-moving view on a dashboard video screen.
Power comes from the Lexus 3.3-liter V6 rated this year at 218 hp with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission.
Many safety features go into the ES 330, including curtain-style air bags above side windows front and rear plus frontal and seat-mounted side air bags. A vehicle skid control system (VSC) is also available.
The line of luxurious performance machines by Lexus, elite upscale label from Toyota of Japan, features elegant sedans, sporty coupes and rugged yet refined sport-utility vehicles. In 2006, Lexus rolls out new iterations of the IS series of wily compact-class sports sedans and recasts the GS series as perhaps the most sophisticated luxury sports sedans on our planet. The world's first gas-electric luxury vehicle also emerges badged as the RX 400h. Derived from the RX 330 crossover SUV, it packs a powerful V6 engine and multiple electric motors plus optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction.