- the 2021 lexus es, which goes on sale in september, will offer all-wheel drive.
- the awd system comes on the new es250 model which has a 2.5-liter inline-four making 203 horsepower.
- pricing for the es250 awd is the same as the more powerful front-wheel-drive es350 model with a v-6.
like its more plebeian siblings the toyota camry and avalon, the 2021 lexus es is adding all-wheel drive. it's available only on a new es250 model that comes with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine. that means the awd version of the es will be less powerful than the front-wheel-drive es350 model, which continues with its 3.5-liter v-6. the es300h hybrid remains part of the lineup as well.
the es250 awd's powertrain is the same as what's found in the all-wheel-drive versions of the camry and avalon. its 2.5-liter inline-four engine makes 203 horsepower and it comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. lexus claims a combined epa rating of 28 mpg; that's 2 mpg better than the v-6–powered, front-wheel-drive es350, which has 302 horsepower. lexus says there are no changes to the es250 awd's chassis tuning, and claims that the packaging of the all-wheel-drive system does not affect interior dimensions or cargo space. visually, the trunklid badging is the only way to tell the difference between the two models.
the es250 will be available with an f sport package just like the es350. the es250 awd version will also be priced the same as the es350 fwd, which we suppose makes sense given the power differential between the two. both versions of the 2021 es starts at $40,925 or $46,725 for the f sport model. the es250 awd will reach dealerships starting in september.