Brand new for 2013, the Lexus ES300h is a mid-size luxury sedan powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine combined with an electric motor to produce 200hp. A 2-speed CVT is paired to FWD to enable an EPA estimated 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. Features include navigation system, Bluetooth technology, premium sound system, USB/iPod port, in-dash DVD/CD player, leather seats, automatic climate control, and backup camera. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), smart stop technology (SST), vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control system (TCS), electronic stability control (ESC), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The ES 300h is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2013, Lexus' mid-level luxury ES sedan has gotten a complete redo. Whereas the previous ES came based upon the Toyota Camry, the sixth generation model's underpinnings are borrowed from the larger Avalon sedan. This means a longer wheelbase and corresponding increase in rear legroom. The ES features an all-new look that is both athletic and restrained, with a deep and distinguished front grille and attractive curves at the rear. The ES 350 comes powered by the proven 268-hp, 3.5L V6, while an all-new ES 300h Hybrid--the first such car in the ES range--derives its 200 hp from a 2.5L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder with assist from an electric motor. The combination is good for an EPA-estimated combined 40 mpg. Both models come loaded with standard amenities, technology, and safety features. The base ES 350 is priced at $36,995.
Improved chassis dynamics; terrific interior room and comfort levels; V6 power; hybrid efficiency
The Lexus ES occupies a highly competitive luxury segment against cars such as the Acura TL and Cadillac CTS. With its all-new sheetmetal, long list of standard features, and incredible safety features, however, the ES 350 has much to recommend it. And with the addition of the new ES 300h Hybrid, Lexus has upped the sedan's appeal immensely, setting it apart from the rest of the crowd.