2013 Lexus ES350 and ES300h: Drive review — Autoweek

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2013 Lexus ES350 and Drive review

Badges on the and sides of the 2013 ES300h its hybrid drive system by Lexus.

A lengthened wheelbase the 2013 ES300h with a interior than its predecessors by Lexus.

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If you think the prospect of a flagship is daunting, consider the of redesigning your company’s product. The halo may be missing, but profitability and the jobs of thousands on your shoulders.

That faced chief engineer Asahi as he began the process of the Lexus ES. the brand’s entry-luxury sedan and its best seller the Lexus RX crossover. His first was to embark upon a 4,000-mile in the current ES to determine what and what didn’t.

A lot of what he found on the fifth-generation ES worked, because the new sixth-generation ES is an design, at least in straight form. The 2013 ES350 be good enough to make of Lexus faithful open wallets and happily enjoy years and 36,000 miles of luxurious, event-free motoring trading up to a future mid-cycle-refreshed ES. At that’s Lexus’ plan, and it the company just fine.

is it like to drive?

Given the ES350 drives like a powerful FWD entry-luxury sedan—it’s to the point of blandness, perfectly at any speeds the average Lexus is likely to explore, quiet and comfortable—driving impressions are mostly one would expect. The car’s V6 is essentially carryover from with the same 268 hp and 248 ft-lb of though powertrain and aero bump combined fuel to 24 mpg, up from 22 mpg.

The bigger news for 2013 is the ES hybrid. In almost all aspects of its the new ES300h is nearly identical to its sister, but it gets power a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 with assist. The combination is expected to 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, with a 39 mpg—remarkable for the amount of space and the of luxury Lexus packed the car.

The economy is not the only feature: We’ve long had a relationship with hybrid but the ES300h could be the car that makes a hybrid powertrain aspirational—in the luxury-car class. it’s that good, managing to deliver on the overpromised, hybrid-marketing buzzword “seamless.”

The ES hybrid gives the driver assist exactly when needed and transitions between as unobtrusively as anything we’ve driven. The four-cylinder engine is still present, but when from moderate speeds, the is actually more satisfying the gasoline ES350 thanks to a of torque from the electric at the point where a nonboosted would be downshifting.

But what luxury, the car’s raison The prerequisites are all accounted for: quiet cabin, acres of legroom (4.1 inches than in the 2012 ES), sunshades and wood trim on the doors and steering wheel. In to the seats, the dash gets too, and all of the stitching is first-rate. The cabin motif is politely to the point of sterility.

That leather-and-wood dash divided horizontally into The “display zone” runs the top, while the “operation occupies the middle real Cars so equipped get the company’s Touch interface, a mouselike that becomes “sticky” the cursor is moved over areas on the display. For those to rotary controllers, the interface odd at first but it has been dramatically over the first-generation system.

The Lexus ES300h becomes the first ES hybrid.

Do I want

The enthusiast driver is likely to the 2013 Lexus ES and decide it doesn’t offer enough engagement. Sportier, similarly choices are available in the same range, and even within the family, the pricier GS is a much driver’s car. However, as for that enthusiast’s significant or for the next-door neighbor looking to from a Toyota Avalon. the ES has to recommend it.


In its hybrid form, the ES might be a breakthrough product. As Lexus vice president Mark claims, “Our research the hybrid was a game changer for who may not have considered an ES or a Lexus

Given the rise in popularity of products among well-to-do we suspect Lexus is on to something.

ON Early August


DRIVETRAIN: 3.5-liter, 268-hp, V6; FWD, six-speed automatic

WEIGHT: 3,549 lb

0-60 7.1 sec

ON SALE: Early August


DRIVETRAIN: 2.5-liter, 156-lb-ft I4; FWD, hybrid variable transmission with two motors (200 total horsepower)


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