The answer: Yes. Lexus completely redesigned the entry-luxury 2002 ES 300 from the ground up. The 3.0-liter 210-horsepower engine is powerful and smooth, albeit a bit hesitant when you put the pedal on the floor. Even so, it gets the 3,400-pound vehicle to 60 mph in just a hair over 8 seconds. Meanwhile, the four-wheel independent suspension -- which is mounted to anti-vibration subframes -- provides increased rigidity and, thus, tighter handling. The ES 300 is also longer, taller, and quieter than its predecessor.