If you’re putting in the effort, your career, your relatonships, and even your sense of style will all evolve, reflecting the kind of man that you knew you’d become. But ask yourself—has your car made the journey with you? If you’re still ferrying between life’s most important appointments in the beater than you’ve had since college, it’s time to consider making a significant upgrade.
The trick is to find something that’s fast, exciting, and impressive enough to appeal to your younger, more daring side—but safe, large, and economical enough to appease your more responsible, practical side in years to come. While you could search for months to find something that strikes a perfect balance, save yourself the trouble and check out the Lexus ES 350.
As you navigate through your 20s, the V-6 engine with 268 horses will be powerful enough to blast you and a carful of buddies off the line with enough oomph to chirp the tires. When you’re a little older, you’ll use those ponies to zip between traffic in pursuit of grabbing the best seat in the boardroom.
The cabin, large enough to comfortably seat four adults (Lexus added 4.1 inches of legroom in the back without compromising a lick in the front for the most recent iteration), can transport whomever and whatever you need it to. Double dates, softball teams, or a small tribe of nieces and nephews will fit more than comfortably; the eight-speaker surround system will drown out the screeching from all of them as you fly around corners.
With hundreds of available configurations, you can build this car with both your present and future lifestyles in mind. During our own test drive, we appreciated the ventilated front seats, but others options—like the GPS navigation system, text-to-speech recognition for your phone, and Lexus Enform app—also impressed us and are worth the upgrade.
The one thing you’re sure to use if you get the Lexus ES 350? The extra cash you’ll still have left after you buy it. With a tag just north of $36,000 for the base model, the ES 350 will keep your money right where it belongs: in your pocket.