2013 Lexus ES 300h: Affordable luxury and hybrid technology in one package…

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2013 Lexus ES 300h: luxury and hybrid technology in one (Test Drive)

The ES 300h is the level sedan in Lexus’s hybrid collection. Starting at a reasonable $39,350, it comes in at than $20,000 less their next level the GS 450h, and almost $81,000 than the ridiculously lux LS 600h L. But about the 300h feels level. Not the looks, the comfort, the or the drive.

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Given that basically invented modern technology, and have been it longer than anyone (fun fact), 92% of all Lexus sold in Europe are hybrids—I a lot out of the car. It’s also the ES 300h with Lexus Drive, so I wanted a lot more a Prius feel to the engine and the And the ES 300h delivered.

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Under the Hood and On the Road

The ES is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder + electric motor that, generate 200 total system the gas powered engine accounting for 156 of horses. In a vehicle that is long and fairly heavy at under 4,000 lbs. think that the engine feel anemic or overtaxed, a 4 year-old pulling mom and dad in a wagon. Not so.

I drove the ES on surface roads, I the ride to be exceptionally comfortable, no hesitation or feeling like got to dig your spurs in to get it to go. And the shifting electric to gas is seamless.

I also had the chance to unwind the ES on in Michigan, and the performance was admirable—especially for a that’s more lux than You’ve got ample acceleration, but not It takes the ES a little over 8 to go from 0-60, but even so, you have to worry about on the highway or passing trucks. If you want higher end performance, up to the GS 450h.

The 300h has an estimated EPA economy ratings of 40 mpg city, 39 mpg and 40 mpg combined. For the week that had the I averaged 36 mpg, and I wasn’t gentle on the throttle. In fact the features a Drive Mode feature, with Normal, Sport, and EV modes. I had it in Sport of the time, dialing it down to Eco for driving. And even in Eco the 300h well, you could leave it in mode 24/7 and be perfectly

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Behind the Wheel

is known for richness and comfort, and at this entry level get plenty—along with a nice of high tech toys to the ride more enjoyable and

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My tester came with the 12-way power seat a seat cushion that by 1.4 inches. A great touch to us longer legged people leg support. The ES also has the Remote Interface, a small video controller in the center console controls a curser on the screen to the climate, audio, phone optional navigation system and It takes a bit to get used to—and I touchscreens—but after a little you get used to it, and it does seem than reaching over to tap the

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I was also able to the available 15-speaker, 835 watt Levinson® audio system the eight-inch display screen, HD with iTunes tagging, DVD and a Sirius XM Satellite Radio It’s a ridiculously pricy at $3,745 for the package, and I’m not I’d spring for it if I had to dig into my own But having that rich, sound to drown out the noise of the around me, was pretty priceless.

As a bonus, it also features Levinson’s exclusive GreenEdge that doubles the output of the while reducing energy by fifty percent. So I told that blaring that was somehow helping the environment.

The highlight of the interior for me is the accent that surrounds the cockpit and wheel. The regular choices of woodgrains or aluminum are replaced by grown on Lexus’s own sustainable reminding you every time you behind the wheel, that in an eco-friendly vehicle.

The Lexus ES 300h makes a made on both sides of the striking a great balance a car that treads lightly on the while chauffeuring you to your in comfort and style.

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