LEXUS ES 350 (2019 year). Instruction - part 9


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LEXUS ES 350 (2019 year). Instruction - part 9




4-1. Before driving

Cargo capacity

Total load capacity (vehicle capac-
ity weight) (


When 2 people with the combined 
weight of A lb. (kg) are riding in your 
vehicle, which has a total load capacity 
(vehicle capacity weight) of B lb. (kg), 
the available amount of cargo and lug-
gage load capacity will be C lb. (kg) as 



 lb. (kg) - A


 lb. (kg) = C


 lb. (kg)


: A = Weight of people


: B = Total load capacity


: C = Available cargo and luggage load

In this condition, if 3 more passengers with 
the combined weight of D lb. (kg) get on, 
the available cargo and luggage load will 
be reduced E lb. (kg) as follows:

C lb. (kg) - D


 lb. (kg) = E


 lb. (kg)


: D = Additional weight of people


: E = Available cargo and luggage load

As shown in the example above, if the 
number of occupants increases, the 
cargo and luggage load will be 
reduced by an amount that equals the 
increased weight due to the additional 
occupants. In other words, if an 
increase in the number of occupants 
causes an excess of the total load 
capacity (combined weight of occu-
pants plus cargo and luggage load), 
you must reduce the cargo and lug-
gage on your vehicle.


Capacity and distribution

Do not exceed the maximum axle 

weight rating or the total vehicle 

weight rating.

Even if the total load of occupant’s 

weight and the cargo load is less than 

the total load capacity, do not apply the 

load unevenly. Improper loading may 

cause deterioration of steering or 

braking control which may cause 

death or serious injury.

Calculation formula for your 



4-1. Before driving





Total load capacity and seating capacity

These details are also described on the tire 

and loading information label. (


Vehicle load limits

Vehicle load limits include total 
load capacity, seating capacity, 
towing capacity and cargo capac-
 Total load capacity (vehicle 

capacity weight): 


Total load capacity means the com-
bined weight of occupants, cargo 
and luggage.
 Seating capacity: 5 occupants 

(Front 2, Rear 3)

Seating capacity means the maxi-
mum number of occupants whose 
estimated average weight is 150 lb. 
(68 kg) per person.
 Towing capacity
Lexus does not recommend towing 
a trailer with your vehicle.
 Cargo capacity
Cargo capacity may increase or 
decrease depending on the weight 
and the number of occupants.


Overloading the vehicle

Do not overload the vehicle. 

It may not only cause damage to the tires, 

but also degrade steering and braking 

ability, resulting in an accident.

Trailer towing

Lexus does not recommend towing 
a trailer with your vehicle. Lexus 
also does not recommend the 
installation of a tow hitch or the use 
of a tow hitch carrier for a wheel-
chair, scooter, bicycle, etc. Your 
vehicle is not designed for trailer 
towing or for the use of tow hitch 
mounted carriers.


4-1. Before driving

Dinghy towing

Your vehicle is not designed to be 
dinghy towed (with 4 wheels on the 
ground) behind a motor home.


To avoid serious damage to your vehi-


Do not tow your vehicle with the four 

wheels on the ground.


4-2. Driving procedures





4-2.Driving procedures


Press the parking brake switch to 
check that the parking brake is set. 


Parking brake indicator will come on.


Check that the shift lever is in P.


Firmly depress the brake pedal.

 and a message will be displayed on 

the multi-information display. 

If it is not displayed, the engine cannot be 



Press the engine switch shortly and 

When operating the engine switch, one 

short, firm press is enough. It is not neces-

sary to press and hold the switch.
The engine will crank until it starts or for up 

to 30 seconds, whichever is less.
Continue depressing the brake pedal until 

the engine is completely started.
The engine can be started from any engine 

switch mode.

Engine switch illumination

According to the situation, the engine 

switch illumination operates as follows.

When a door is opened, or the engine 

switch mode is changed from ACCES-

SORY or IGNITION ON mode to off, 

the engine switch illumination slowly 


When depressing the brake pedal with 

carrying the electronic key on your per-

son, the engine switch illumination rapidly 


When the engine switch is in ACCES-

SORY or IGNITION ON mode, the 

engine switch illumination illuminates.

If the engine does not start

The engine immobilizer system may not 

have been deactivated. (


Contact your Lexus dealer.

If a message related to start-up is shown 

on the multi-information display, read the 

message and follow the instructions.

If the battery is discharged

The engine cannot be started using the 

smart access system with push-button start. 

Refer to P.374 to restart the engine.

Electronic key battery depletion


Engine (ignition) switch

Performing the following opera-
tions when carrying the electronic 
key on your person starts the 
engine or changes engine switch 

Starting the engine


4-2. Driving procedures

Conditions affecting operation


Notes for the entry function


Steering lock function

After turning the engine switch off and 

opening and closing the doors, the steer-

ing wheel will be locked due to the steer-

ing lock function. Operating the engine 

switch again automatically cancels the 

steering lock.

When the steering lock cannot be 

released, “Push Engine Switch while 

Turning Steering Wheel in Either Direc-

tion” will be displayed on the multi-infor-

mation display. 

Check that the shift lever is set in P. Press 

the engine switch shortly and firmly while 

turning the steering wheel left and right.

To prevent the steering lock motor from 

overheating, operation of the motor may 

be suspended if the engine is turned on 

and off repeatedly in a short period of 

time. In this case, refrain from operating 

the engine switch. After about 10 sec-

onds, the steering lock motor will resume 


If there is a malfunction in the smart 

access system with push-button start

If “Access System with Elec. Key Malfunc-

tion See Owner’s Manual” is displayed on 

the multi-information display, the system 

may be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle 

inspected by your Lexus dealer immedi-


Electronic key battery


Operation of the engine switch

If the switch is not pressed shortly and 

firmly, the engine switch mode may not 

change or the engine may not start.

If attempting to restart the engine imme-

diately after turning the engine switch off, 

the engine may not start in some cases. 

After turning the engine switch off, please 

wait a few seconds before restarting the 



If the smart access system with push-button 

start has been deactivated in a customized 

setting, refer to P.400.


When starting the engine

Always start the engine while sitting in 

the driver’s seat. Do not depress the 

accelerator pedal while starting the 

engine under any circumstances. 

Doing so may cause an accident result-

ing in death or serious injury.

Caution while driving

If engine failure occurs while the vehicle 

is moving, do not lock or open the doors 

until the vehicle reaches a safe and com-

plete stop. Activation of the steering lock 

in this circumstance may lead to an acci-

dent, resulting in death or serious injury.


When starting the engine

Do not race a cold engine.

If the engine becomes difficult to start 

or stalls frequently, have your vehicle 

checked by your Lexus dealer immedi-


Symptoms indicating a malfunction 

with the engine switch

If the engine switch seems to be operat-

ing somewhat differently than usual, such 

as the switch sticking slightly, there may 

be a malfunction. Contact your Lexus 

dealer immediately.


4-2. Driving procedures






Stop the vehicle completely.


Set the parking brake (


and shift the shift lever to P 



Press the engine switch.


Release the brake pedal and check 
that “ACCESSORY” or “IGNI-
TION ON” is not shown on the 

Modes can be changed by pressing 
the engine switch with the brake pedal 
released. (The mode changes each 
time the switch is pressed.)




The emergency flashers can be used.



Some electrical components such as the 
audio system can be used.
“ACCESSORY” will be displayed on the 



All electrical components can be used.
“IGNITION ON” will be displayed on the 


: If the shift lever is in a position other than 

P when turning off the engine, the 
engine switch will be turned to ACCES-
SORY mode, not to off.

Auto power off function

If the vehicle is left in ACCESSORY mode 

for more than 20 minutes or IGNITION 

ON mode (the engine is not running) for 

more than an hour with the shift lever in P, 

the engine switch will automatically turn off. 

However, this function cannot entirely pre-

vent the battery discharge. Do not leave the 

vehicle with the engine switch in ACCES-

Stopping the engine


Stopping the engine in an emergency

If you want to stop the engine in an 

emergency while driving the vehicle, 

press and hold the engine switch for 

more than 2 seconds, or press it briefly 

3 times or more in succession. 



However, do not touch the engine 

switch while driving except in an emer-

gency. Turning the engine off while 

driving will not cause loss of steering 

or braking control, but the power assist 

these systems will be lost. This will 

make it more difficult to steer and 

brake, so you should pull over and stop 

the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

If the engine switch is operated while 

the vehicle is running, a warning mes-

sage will be shown on the multi-infor-

mation display and a buzzer sounds.

When restarting the engine after an 

emergency shutdown, press the 

engine switch.

Changing engine switch modes


4-2. Driving procedures

SORY or IGNITION ON mode for long 

periods of time when the engine is not run-


If the engine is stopped with the shift 
lever in a position other than P, the 
engine switch will not be turned off but 
instead be turned to ACCESSORY 
mode. Perform the following proce-
dure to turn the switch off:


If the parking brake is in manual 
mode, set the parking brake. 



Shift the shift lever to P.


Check that “Turn Power Off” is dis-
played on the multi-information dis-
play and then press the engine 
switch once.


Check that “Turn Power Off” on the 
multi-information display is turned 

When stopping the engine with 
the shift lever in a position other 
than P


To prevent battery discharge

Do not leave the engine switch in 


mode for long periods of time without 

the engine running.


ON” is displayed on the meter, the 

engine switch is not off.

Exit the vehicle after turning the 

engine switch off.

Do not stop the engine when the shift 

lever is in a position other than P. If the 

engine is stopped in another shift lever 

position, the engine switch will not be 

turned off but instead be turned to 

ACCESSORY mode. If the vehicle is 

left in ACCESSORY mode, battery 

discharge may occur.


4-2. Driving procedures






: Shifting to the D position allows the sys-

tem to select a gear suitable for the 
driving conditions. Setting the shift lever 
to the D position is recommended for 
normal driving. You can choose shift 
range suitable for your driving situation 
by operating the paddle shift switches.


: Selecting shift ranges using S mode 

restricts the upper limit of the possible 
gear ranges, controls engine braking 
force, and prevents unnecessary 

When driving with dynamic radar cruise 

control with full-speed range activated

Even when performing the following 

actions with the intent of enabling engine 

braking, engine braking will not be acti-

vated because dynamic radar cruise con-

trol with full-speed range will not be 


While driving in the D position or S mode, 

downshifting to 7, 6, 5 or 4. (


When switching the driving mode to 

sport mode while driving in D position. 



Restraining sudden start (Drive-Start 




The AI-SHIFT automatically selects the suit-

able gear according to driver performance 

and driving conditions. 

The AI-SHIFT automatically operates when 

the shift lever is in D. (Shifting the shift lever 

to the S position or using the paddle shift 

cancels the function.)

Automatic transmission

Select the shift position depending 
on your purpose and situation.

Shift position purpose and func-

Shift posi-


Objective or function


Parking the vehicle/starting 

the engine






Normal driving



S mode driving





When driving on slippery road sur-


Do not accelerate or shift gears sud-


Sudden changes in engine braking may 

cause the vehicle to spin or skid, resulting 

in an accident.


4-2. Driving procedures

 While the engine switch is in IGNITION ON mode and the brake pedal 



, shift the shift lever while pushing the shift release button on the shift 


 Shift the shift lever while pushing the shift release button on the shift knob.

 Shift the shift lever normally.

When shifting the shift lever between P and D, make sure that the vehicle is completely 
stopped and the brake pedal is depressed.


: For the vehicle be able to be shifted from P, the brake pedal must be depressed before 

the shift release button is pushed. If the shift release button is pushed first, the shift lock 
will not be released.

Shift lock system

The shift lock system is a system to prevent 

accidental operation of the shift lever in 


The shift lever can be shifted from P only 

when the engine switch is in IGNITION 

ON mode the brake pedal is depressed 

and the shift release button is pushed.

If the shift lever cannot be shifted from P

First, check whether the brake pedal is 

being depressed.

If the shift lever cannot be shifted even 

though the brake pedal is depressed and 

the shift release button is pushed, there may 

be a problem with the shift lock system. 

Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus 

dealer immediately.

Shifting the shift lever


4-2. Driving procedures





The following steps may be used as an 

emergency measure to ensure that the shift 

lever can be shifted.
Releasing the shift lock:


If the parking brake is in manual mode, 

set the parking brake. (



Turn the engine switch off.


Depress the brake pedal.


Press down and release the cup holder 

lid to open.


Pry the cover up with a flathead screw-

driver or equivalent tool.

To prevent damage to the cover, cover the 

tip of the screwdriver with a rag.


Press and hold the shift lock override 

button and then push the button on the 

shift knob.

The shift lever can be shifted while the but-

ton is pressed


To drive using temporary shift range 
selection, operate the “-” paddle shift 
switch. The shift range can then be 
selected by operating the “-” and “+” 
paddle shift switches. 
Changing the shift range allows 
restriction of the highest gear, prevent-
ing unnecessary upshifting and 
enabling the level of engine braking 
force to be selected.






To prevent an accident when releas-

ing the shift lock

Before pressing the shift lock override 

button, make sure to set the parking 

brake and depress the brake pedal.

If the accelerator pedal is accidentally 

depressed instead of the brake pedal 

when the shift lock override button is 

pressed and the shift lever is shifted out 

of P, the vehicle may suddenly start, pos-

sibly leading to an accident resulting in 

death or serious injury.

Selecting the driving mode

Selecting shift ranges in the D 


4-2. Driving procedures

The selected shift range, from D1 to D8, 
will be displayed in the meter.

Automatic deactivation of shift range 

selection in the D position

Shift range selection in the D position will 

be deactivated in the following situations:

The “+” paddle shift switch is held down 

for a period of time

When the vehicle comes to a stop

If the accelerator pedal is depressed for 

more than a certain period of time

When the shift lever is shifted to a posi-

tion other than D

Downshifting restriction warning 


To help ensure safety and driving perfor-

mance, downshifting operation may some-

times be restricted. In some circumstances, 

downshifting may not be possible even 

when the shift lever or paddle shift switch is 

operated. (A buzzer will sound twice.)

To enter S mode, shift the shift lever to 
S. Shift ranges can be selected by 
operating the shift lever or paddle shift 
switches, allowing you to drive in the 
gear of your choosing.





The initial shift range in S mode is set 
automatically to 4, 5 or 6 according to 
vehicle’s speed. However, the initial 
shift range may be set to 3 if AI-SHIFT 
has operated while the shift lever was 
in the D position. (


A lower shift range will provide greater 
engine braking forces than a higher 
shift range.

S mode

When the shift range is 7 or lower, hold-

ing the shift lever toward “+” sets the shift 

range to 8.

To prevent the engine from over-revving, 

upshifting may automatically occur.

To protect the automatic transmission, a 

function is adopted that automatically 

selects a higher shift range when the fluid 

temperature is high.

Downshifting restriction warning 


To help ensure safety and driving perfor-

mance, downshifting operation may some-

times be restricted. In some circumstances, 

downshifting may not be possible even 

when the shift lever or paddle shift switch is 

operated. (A buzzer will sound twice.)

Selecting shift ranges in S mode

Meter display


S2 - S8

A gear in the range 
between 1 and the 
selected gear is 
automatically cho-
sen depending on 
vehicle speed and 
driving conditions


Setting the gear at 1


4-2. Driving procedures





If the S indicator does not come on or 

the D indicator is displayed even after 

shifting the shift lever to S

This may indicate a malfunction in the auto-

matic transmission system. Have the vehicle 

inspected by your Lexus dealer immedi-

ately. (In this situation, the transmission will 

operate in the same manner as when the 

shift lever is in D.)


Right turn


Lane change to the right (move the 
lever partway and release it)

The right hand signals will flash 3 times.


Lane change to the left (move the 
lever partway and release it)

The left hand signals will flash 3 times.


Left turn

Turn signals can be operated when

The engine switch is in IGNITION ON 


If the indicator flashes faster than usual

Check that a light bulb in the front or rear 

turn signal lights has not burned out.

If the turn signals stop flashing before a 

lane change has been performed

Operate the lever again.

Turn signal lever

Operating instructions


4-2. Driving procedures

Using the manual mode

The parking brake can be set and 
released manually.




Push the switch to set the parking 

The parking brake indicator light will turn 
Press and hold the parking brake switch if 
an emergency occurs and it is necessary to 
operate the parking brake while driving.


Pull the switch to release the park-
ing brake

• Operate the parking brake switch while 

depressing the brake pedal.

• Using the parking brake automatic 

release function, the parking brake can 
be released by depressing the accelera-
tor pedal. When using this function, 
slowly depress the accelerator pedal.

Make sure that the parking brake indicator 
light turn off.

Turning the automatic mode on

While the vehicle is stopped, press and 
hold the parking brake switch until a 
message is shown on the multi-infor-
mation display

When the automatic mode is turned 
on, the parking brake operates as fol-
 When the shift lever is shifted from 

P, the parking brake will be released, 
and the parking brake indicator light 
will turn off.

 When the shift lever is shifted to P, 

the parking brake will be set, and the 
parking brake indicator light will 
turn on.

Operate the shift lever with the vehicle 
stopped and the brake pedal 

Parking brake

The parking brake can be set or 
released automatically or manually.
In automatic mode, the parking 
brake can be set or released auto-
matically according to shift lever 
operation. Also, even in automatic 
mode, the parking brake can be set 
or released manually.

Operating instructions



4-2. Driving procedures





Turning the automatic mode off

While the vehicle is stopped, pull and 
hold the parking brake switch until a 
message is shown on the multi-infor-
mation display

Parking brake operation

When the engine switch is not in IGNI-

TION ON mode, the parking brake can-

not be released using the parking brake 


When the engine switch is not in IGNI-

TION ON mode, automatic mode (auto-

matic brake setting and releasing) is not 


Parking brake automatic release func-


When the shift lever is shifted from P, the 

parking brake will be released in auto-

matic mode.

When all of the following conditions are 

met in manual mode, the parking brake 

can be released by depressing the accel-

erator pedal.

• The driver’s door is closed

• The driver is wearing the seat belt

• The shift lever is in D, S or R

If “Parking Brake Temporarily Unavail-

able” is displayed on the multi-informa-

tion display

If the parking brake is operated repeatedly 

over a short period of time, the system may 

restrict operation to prevent overheating. If 

this happens, refrain from operating the 

parking brake. Normal operation will return 

after about 1 minute.

If “Parking Brake Unavailable” or “EPB 

Unavailable” is displayed on the multi-

information display

Operate the parking brake switch. If the 

message does not disappear after operat-

ing the switch several times, the system may 

be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle 

inspected by your Lexus dealer.

Parking brake operation sound

When the parking brake operates, a motor 

sound (whirring sound) may be heard. This 

does not indicate a malfunction.

Parking brake indicator light

Depending on the engine switch mode, 

the parking brake indicator light will turn 

on and stay on as described below: 

IGNITION ON mode: Comes on until 

the parking brake is released. 

Not in IGNITION ON mode: Stays on 

for approximately 15 seconds.

When the engine switch is turned off with 

the parking brake set, the parking brake 

indicator light will stay on for about 15 

seconds. This does not indicate a mal-


When the parking brake switch mal-


Automatic mode (automatic brake setting 

and releasing) will be turned on automati-


Parking the vehicle


Parking brake engaged warning buzzer

A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven 

with the parking brake engaged. “EPB 

applied” is displayed on the multi-informa-

tion display (with the vehicle reached a 

speed of 3 mph [5 km/h]).

If the brake system warning light comes 



Usage in winter time



4-2. Driving procedures

Press the brake hold switch to turn the 
system on

The brake hold standby indicator 


comes on. While the system is holding the 
brake, the brake hold operated indicator 

 comes on.

Brake hold system operating conditions

The brake hold system cannot be turned on 

in the following conditions:

The driver’s door is not closed.

The driver is not wearing the seat belt.

“Parking Brake Unavailable” or “EPB 

Malfunction Visit Your Dealer” is dis-

played on the multi-information display.

If any of the conditions above are detected 

when the brake hold system is enabled, the 

system will turn off and the brake hold 


When parking the vehicle

Do not leave a child in the vehicle alone. 

The parking brake may be released unin-

tentionally and there is the danger of the 

vehicle moving that may lead to an acci-

dent resulting in death or serious injury.


When parking the vehicle

Before you leave the vehicle, shift the 

shift lever to P, set the parking brake and 

make sure that the vehicle does not 


When the system malfunctions

Stop the vehicle in a safe place and 

check the warning messages.

When the parking brake cannot be 

released due to a malfunction

Driving the vehicle with the parking 

brake set will lead to brake components 

overheating, which may affect braking 

performance and increase brake wear.
Have the vehicle inspected by your 

Lexus dealer immediately if this occurs.

Brake Hold

The brake hold system keeps the 
brake applied when the shift lever is 
in D, S or N with the system on and 
the brake pedal has been 
depressed to stop the vehicle. The 
system releases the brake when the 
accelerator pedal is depressed with 
the shift lever in D or S to allow 
smooth start off.

Enabling the system




4-2. Driving procedures





standby indicator light will go off. In addi-

tion, if any of the conditions are detected 

while the system is holding the brake, a 

warning buzzer will sound and a message 

will be shown on the multi-information dis-

play. The parking brake will then be set 


Brake hold function

If the brake pedal is left released for a 

period of about 3 minutes after the sys-

tem has started holding the brake, the 

parking brake will be set automatically. In 

this case, a warning buzzer sounds and a 

message is shown on the multi-informa-

tion display.

To turn the system off while the system is 

holding the brake, firmly depress the 

brake pedal and press the button again.

The brake hold function may not hold the 

vehicle when the vehicle is on a steep 

incline. In this situation, it may be neces-

sary for the driver to apply the brakes. A 

warning buzzer will sound and the multi-

information display will inform the driver 

of this situation. If a warning message is 

shown on the multi-information display, 

read the message and follow the instruc-


When the parking brake is set automati-

cally while the system is holding the 


Perform any of the following operations to 

release the parking brake.

Depress the accelerator pedal. (The 

parking brake will not be released auto-

matically if the seat belt is not fastened.)

Operate the parking brake switch with 

the brake pedal depressed.

Make sure that the parking brake indicator 

light goes off. (


When an inspection at your Lexus 

dealer is necessary

When the brake hold standby indicator 

(green) does not illuminate even when the 

brake hold switch is pressed with the brake 

hold system operating conditions met, the 

system may be malfunctioning. Have the 

vehicle inspected at your Lexus dealer.

If “Brake Hold Fault Depress Brake to 

Deactivate Visit Your Dealer” or “Brake 

Hold Malfunction Visit Your Dealer” is 

displayed on the multi-information dis-


The system may be malfunctioning. Have 

the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer.

Warning message and buzzers

Warning messages and buzzers are used to 

indicate a system malfunction or to inform 

the driver of the need for caution. If a warn-

ing message is shown on the multi-informa-

tion display, read the message and follow 

the instructions.

If the brake hold operated indicator 




When the vehicle is on a steep incline

When using the brake hold system on a 

steep incline exercise caution. The brake 

hold function may not hold the vehicle in 

such a situation.

When stopped on a slippery road

The system cannot stop the vehicle when 

the gripping ability of the tires has been 

exceeded. Do not use the system when 

stopped on a slippery road.


When parking the vehicle

The brake hold system is not designed 

for use when parking the vehicle for a 

long period of time. Turning the engine 

switch off while the system is holding the 

brake may release the brake, which 

would cause the vehicle to move. When 

operating the engine switch, depress the 

brake pedal, shift the shift lever to P and 

set the parking brake.








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