2013 Lexus ES300h and ES350 review

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Lexus ES 350

How modern is too modern?

2013 ES

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I figured would be a rubber-stamp review after all, the ES is a long-time of mine, combining first-class luxury with humble therefore, more affordable) bits. But in redesigning the ES for 2013, has made some big changes including a new hybrid version so will it remain on my list of Read on.

First Glance: your target customer

My is the perfect Lexus ES customer. worked hard all her life, a good living, and has developed a for the finer things. She wants a car is luxurious, comfortable, reliable, and not priced. And she doesn’t give a posterior what is under the — for all she knows, the car could be by a colony of underprivileged children. years of happy Toyota (punctuated by a Buick Park which she rather liked), she took my advice and bought a ES350, and I don’t think ever been happier a car.


So when Lexus invited me to the new 2013 ES, it was naturally my stepmother who I was of. Clearly, the target market for the ES has not because the formula has not changed: It is a luxury car based on a straightforward platform. A lot of people have down on the ES for being a glorified but I don’t have a problem that — what’s with using an existing and mechanicals if it keeps the price

Besides, technically, the ES is no longer a Toyota Camry — now based on the Toyota Avalon, makes the new ES slightly bigger the old one. Styling follows new L-Finesse formula, with an grille and the cabin greenhouse back slightly, giving the ES the look of a BMW 5-series (or a Lexus I don’t think my stepmother mind the new styling much; I didn’t.

In the Driver’s Seat: What does best. and worst

again Lexus has attempted to the ES, but this time it’s a bit wrong. The old ES’ cabin goes to photo) was the car’s feature, and one of the key aspects that it to my stepmother: Top-quality materials, styling, and simple controls big, easy-to-read buttons.

The new interior gets only one out of right. The materials are still good, with softly armrests and door pulls. The old car’s cloth seats given way to NuLuxe, Lexus’ name for imitation leather; cowhides remain optional. I like the ES 300h hybrid light bamboo trim, but the maple on the ES 350 model doesn’t quite so well, especially on the lever, where the slab of looks like. well, a substance into which one not willingly place one’s

From here, it’s a slide. The L-Finesse styling continues on the dash. but it looks and disharmonious, with shapes don’t seem to line up or add up. And the join is disappointing — it like the parts came two different cars.

My stepmother probably live with but it’s the secondary controls would drive her around the Like other Lexus navigation-equipped ESs get the new Enform system, Internet-enabled applications like radio and Yelp restaurant All well and good, but instead of a the system now uses Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. and of the oft-used functions are buried menu layers deep. My is computer-savvy, to be sure, but I’m she has no desire to be mouse around the stereo functions while bombing down the freeway at her ten over the limit. Yes, are redundant buttons for the A/C and a few for the stereo, but are no longer as large nor as well-marked as in the old car. The user-friendliness that she and I treasure in the old-shape ES is gone.

On the Road: Hybrid powertrain is an addition

The ES is now avaialble in two versions, the ES 350 and ES hybrid. The former is powered by our old friend, Toyota’s 268 hp 3.5 liter V6. drives the front wheels a six-speed automatic transmission. not a proponent of change for changes’ but with most of the ES’ offering high-tech direct-injected that get better fuel and lower emissions, Lexus’ to stick with ol’ reeks of complacency. And speaking of the ES 350’s EPA fuel economy are 21 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, unimpressive by standards.

New to the lineup is the ES 300h, powered by the 2.5 liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and hybrid driveline as the Camry Combined output is 200 horsepower; is keeping mum on torque, but acceleration is with Eco, Normal and driving modes that the car’s accelerator and steering EPA fuel economy ratings are a 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway. It’s an powertrain for the ES, and I’d definitely it over the V6.

The old ES was best known for its church-quiet driving experience, and has carried over to the new car. though the ride is a bit firmer and a lot more flat, the ES still the Buick LaCrosse for sheer Yes, the handling is a bit better, the steering remains as light and as ever. At least Lexus skimped on high-tech gadgets: You can get ES models with blind-spot and warnings, as well as my old favorite, cruise control, which cars ahead and matches speed. ES occupants are surrounded by ten including twin knee and rear-seat-mounted side airbags, but is no Euro-style collision warning-slash-avoidance

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