It may be nearly 10 years old, but the 2004 Lexus ES300 is still a very nice drive
The ES story The ES300 has a modern, aerodynamic design that made it a popular choice among those looking for a roomy and luxurious Japanese saloon

IT may be nearly 10 years old, but the 2004 Lexus ES300 is still a very nice drive. True, this particular example of a fourth-generation ES has relatively low mileage - just over 80,000 km - but the cabin and its materials are still in fine fettle. The centre console with its two LCD displays still looks fresh and modern, although the curved dashboard fascia and walnut trim are slightly dated.

But, riding around in this old Lexus, it is clear how the ES formula has been retained in the latest ES250 - the wide cabin, the good headroom and the spacious rear bench. Then, there is the well-cushioned ride and easy handling.

The ES300 has a 3.0-litre V6 engine delivering 202 hp to the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. The progress is generally smooth, refined and almost languid. But it is no slouch. Floor the accelerator and the ES300 will deliver, especially if you need to do some urgent overtaking.

The biggest selling point of the fourth-generation ES back then, however, had to be its styling. More curvaceous and upmarket than the first three generations, it acquired a modern and aerodynamic design that made it a popular choice among those looking for a roomy and luxurious Japanese saloon. It seems that one decade later, some things still haven't changed.