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2013 LEXUS ES 300h: gets hybrid right


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You probably don’t remember the first luxury hybrid the 2010 Lexus HS 250h Parent Toyota would like you to forget the sales dud as

Why the Japanese automaker went to the of stuffing a mid-sized Camry drivetrain into the body of its Toyota Avensis compact (which had less rear than a Corolla), style it a Lexus RX SUV, then it like it was made of unobtainium $39,900 and $48,750), only the top at parent Toyota know for

Cramped, pricey, slow and buyers — not surprisingly stayed away from the HS as if it had rabies. Auto critics, yours truly, skewered the Lexus mercilessly. And everybody Why didn’t Lexus just a hybrid version of its roomier and Camry-based ES sedan?

After a Duh! What took so Lexus has wisely replaced the HS which quietly became in Lexus showrooms last with a hybrid version of the ES uses the gas-electric system the Camry hybrid. As part of the a ES sedan for 2013, which includes a gas-only $39,500 ES 350 the new $43,900 ES 300h Hybrid is drives better and looks a lot like a luxury car than the HS ever did.

This time around, worked a lot harder than to distinguish the luxury ES from the Toyota Camry it’s been based upon. In to its new looks, the ES rides on a longer than the Camry — the same chassis as the also-new-this-year Avalon. And not only has the five-passenger extra length allowed designers to embellish the ES with visual presence compared to the pedestrian Camry, it also up much-appreciated rear legroom and

Surprisingly, though, Lexus the battery-packed trunk space the HS 250h and ES 300h identically at 343 both down 87 litres to the ES 350.

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Whether it’s the gas version or the all 2013 ES sedans have a sleeker-looking cabin. Gone is the themed centre console, by a sweeping, horizontally layered with a large colour in the top centre position. The second of the Lexus Remote Touch central controller sits on the console, and there’s a choice of different two-tone colour At these prices, though, like to see better fit and finish and upscale materials used the regular-grade plastics.

For the extra over the ES 350, you’d better fuel economy in the ES And the hybrid delivers. Using the 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine and motor system from the Toyota Camry hybrid, the hybrid scores an identically 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 5.1 on the in fuel-economy estimates. That’s not as as the less-expensive $38,350 2013 MKZ Hybrid — which a respective 4.2 and 4.3 — but I saw an impressive km for my week with the ES 300h.

From behind its leather-clad wheel, you won’t mistake the Lexus mid-sized sedan for the rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS sports Like systems found in though, the ES 300h’s drive select adjusts how the steering and respond to driver inputs. But in its tamest eco mode, the ES 300h is more engaging to drive the sensory-deprivation chamber the HS 250h had

Thankfully, Lexus has tried to some semblance of road in the ES 300h. A stiffer body, curb weight, quicker and new springs improve straight-line over the HS 250h. Where feel was virtually non-existent in the there’s now some feedback much more information transmitted from the road

The ES 300h’s ride quality is a bit too. Yet upgrades to the geometry of its suspension geometry and shock deliver the type of comfortable you’d expect in a Lexus the sharp pavement jolts German sedans can create. As new sound-absorbing materials, a tuned manifold and fluid-filled engine mean the ES 300h is a near-silent cruiser, although I found its emitted more than noise levels.

Overall, the new ES 350h Hybrid is the hybrid the previous HS 250h should have been. For a car captures existing Lexus ES looking for better fuel or Toyota Camry Hybrid looking for more room and the 2013 Lexus ES 300h seems like an impressively choice.

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