Lexus ES Awards and Accolades

2015

  • Top Safety Pick + [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]
  • 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the Best in Class Luxury Mid-Size Car category [AutoPacific]
  • The Car Book’s 2015 Best Bets list

2014

  • Second in 2014 Most Worry Free Index [Cars.com]
  • 2014 Ideal Vehicle Award in the Luxury Mid-Size Car category [AutoPacific]
  • Second in 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Cars under $30,000 of 2014 [KBB.com]
  • Best Compact Premium Car for 2014 Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Top Rating of “Good” in all crash tests [IIHS]
  • 5-star Overall rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Best in Entry Premium Car segment of Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Best Value Awards in Worth a Look: Cars $30,000-$40,000 [Kiplinger’s Personal Finance]
  • Best Resale: Cars $30,000-$40,000 [Kiplinger’s Personal Finance]
  • Named one of 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 [KBB.com]

2013

  • 2014 Best Resale Value in the Entry-Level Luxury Car segment [KBB.com]
  • 2013 Motors Choice Award in the High Image, premium segment [IntelliChoice/AutoPacific]
  • 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award in the Luxury Mid-Size Car category [AutoPacific]
  • 2013 Vehicle Satisfaction Award in the Luxury Mid-Size Car category [AutoPacific]
  • Best Overall Value in the Premium Passenger Car category [IntelliChoice]
  • Best in Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) in Entry Premium Car segment [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Driver’s Choice Award in Best Luxury Sedan category [Motor Week]
  • Best-in-Class: Cars $30,000-$40,000 [Kiplinger’s Personal Finance]

2012

  • Highest Overall (5-star) Rating [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • Recommended by Consumer Reports
  • Top Safety Pick [IIHS.org]
  • Top Entry Premium Car in Initial Quality Study (IQS) [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Top Entry Premium Car in Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) [J.D. Power and Associates]

2011

  • Top Entry Premium Car in Initial Quality Study (IQS) [J.D. Power and Associates]

2010

  • Consumers’ Top Rated Vehicle in Sedans $35,000-$45,000 [Edmunds.com]
  • 2010 Best Bet for Luxury Cars [Cars.com]
  • Recommended in the Premium Mid-size category [Consumers Guide]
  • Editor’s Choice for Commuters [Cars.com]

2009

  • 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Award [AutoPacific]
  • 2009 Ideal Vehicle Award [AutoPacific]
  • Best Midsize Premium Car in Vehicle Dependability Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • 2009 Motorist Choice in Mid-Size Luxury category [IntelliChoice/AutoPacific]
  • Third to the Lexus GS in 2009 Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]

2008

  • Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) Midsize Premium Car segment leader [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • 2008 Motorist Choice in Luxury Mid-Size Car segment [IntelliChoice/AutoPacific]
  • Best New Cars $30,000-$45,000 [Kiplinger’s Personal Finance]
  • Best New Car Deal for the Month of June: Near-Luxury Car [IntelliChoice]
  • Editor’s Choice for Sun Lovers [Cars.com]

2006

  • Automotive’s Most Significant new Introduction Award at Chicago Auto Show [Consumer Guide]
  • Automotive Best Buy: Premium Mid-sized Car [Consumer Guide]
  • Top Initial Quality Study (IQS) in the Mid-sized Premium Car segment [J.D. Power and Associates]

2005

  • Highest ranked Mid-Luxury Car in Initial Quality Study (IQS) [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Best Overall Value in its class [IntelliChoice]

2004

  • Recommended in the Premium Mid-Size Car class [Consumer Guide]
  • Ranked first in Entry Luxury Sedan class Vehicle Dependability Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Best Overall Value in the Near Luxury Car category [IntelliChoice]

2003

  • Ranked first in Entry Luxury Sedan class Vehicle Dependability Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Highest ranked Entry Luxury Car in Initial Quality Study (IQS) [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Tsutsumi Plant (where the Lexus ES 300 was built) awarded the Bronze Plant Award [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Automotive Market Environmental Superiority (AMES) Award in Premium and Luxury Car categories
  • Best Overall Value in the Near Luxury Car segment [IntelliChoice]

2002

  • Ranked first in Vehicle Dependability Index of all Entry Luxury Cars [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Named Best Pick [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]
  • Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) Top Performer in the Contemporary Luxury Car segment [AutoPacific]
  • Automobile Club Auto Guide Award for cars in the $30,000-$35,000 price range
  • Best Bet for American car buyers [The Car Book]
  • Readers’ Choice Award in the Luxury Sedan category [Woman Motorist]

2001

  • Most Appealing Entry-Luxury Sedan in APEAL Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Number 1 in its segment in Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Rated a Best Buy [Consumer Guide]
  • The Best Overall Value of the Year in the Near-Luxury category [IntelliChoice]

2000

  • Number 1 in its segment in Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]

1998

  • Rated a Best Buy [Consumer Digest]
  • Earned best score in the Entry Luxury Car Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]

1997

  • 1997 APEAL Study’s Most Appealing Entry Luxury Car [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Best Overall Value of the Year in vehicles under $30,000 category [IntelliChoice]
  • Best Overall Value in the Luxury Car category [IntelliChoice]

1996

  • Top Car Award as the best all-around car in the $25,000-$30,000 price category [American Automobile Association]
  • Top ranked Entry-Luxury vehicle in Initial Quality Survey [J.D. Power and Associates]

1995

  • Ranked as a Best Value under $40,000 Luxury Car [IntelliChoice]

1994

  • Among the Top Ten Models in Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • The Best Overall Value in Luxury Cars Under $40,000 [IntelliChoice]

1993

  • Ranked in the Top Ten Models in Initial Quality Study [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Called a “Benchmark of Quality” in the mid-sized class [Consumer Reports]

1992

  • Named a Best Buy in the $20,000-$30,000 price range [Personal Finance]
  • Nominated as a Best Buy [Motor Trend]
  • Finished second (behind the Lexus LS 400) in Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) [J.D. Power and Associates]

1991

  • Ranked among the Top Ten Models in Initial Quality [J.D. Power and Associates]
  • Mentioned on the All-Star list [Automobile]