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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 or the hybrid, all 2013 ES sedans a much sleeker-looking cabin. is the vertically themed centre replaced by a sweeping, horizontally design with a large display in the top centre position. The generation of the Lexus Remote Interface central controller on the gearshift console, and there’s a of three different two-tone treatments. At these prices, I’d like to see better fit and and more upscale materials than the regular-grade plastics.

For the extra price over the ES you’d expect better economy in the ES 300h. And the hybrid Using the same 2.5-litre gas engine and electric motor from the $27,710 Toyota hybrid, the Lexus hybrid an identically excellent 4.7 litres per 100 in the city and 5.1 on the highway in fuel-economy That’s not as miserly as the less-expensive 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid which scores a respective 4.2 and 4.3 but I saw an impressive 5.8L/100 km for my week 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 Hybrid is the luxury hybrid the HS 250h Hybrid should been. For a car that captures Lexus ES buyers looking for fuel economy or Toyota Hybrid owners looking for room and luxury, the 2013 ES 300h Hybrid seems an impressively rational choice.

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