2014 Lexus ES 300 h Review — HybridCars.com

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BASE $40,260

As the newest addition to the ES line of mid-sized luxury originated in 1989 – and the first version – the ES 300 h has been a relative hit.

It was launched in August for the 2013 model year and forward as essentially the same car for with a couple minor and feature updates.

Last Lexus projected one out of four ES models sold would be the version, and that prediction has true.

This is significant for at a couple of reasons.

First, buyers have traditionally for what others perceived as variants to Toyotas because wanted that special of being coddled if not also – thus compromise was not in their

Secondly, many consumers in remain on the fence about unsure whether gas-electric are a great value compared to gas-powered stable mates.

But the sales numbers speak for Hybrids now comprise only 4 of U.S. sales, so 25 percent is

The reason for this apparent is simple. As the originator of the Prius, and the market leader, Toyota has its formula pretty well As seen with the Camry and Toyota hybrid variants substantial mileage gains, and prices – while higher – can be as acceptable, as are any minor performance if perceived at all.

The ES series had based the Camry platform for generations, but now is based on the Avalon – and they are all kissing cousins the Lexus being the premier

Hybrid Synergy

Providing the ES its identity is its 2.5-liter Atkinson engine paired with a magnet AC synchronous motor and

Aside from sharing this same Hybrid Drive (HSD) system is used by the Camry and Avalon Minor differences include the ES 250 pounds or so more than the Hybrid depending on trim and 90 pounds more than the hybrid and there are minuscule in final drive ratio as

The 2AR-FXE engine at the core of the sheds as much parasitic as possible as an entirely belt-less first seen on the 2012 Camry Hybrid. Fuel and reliability are thus helped by an electric water pump, and power steering.

The 156-horsepower utilizes a high 12.5:1 ratio, and its power pulses are via computer control with two motors. One is the motor/generator that is engine driven and recharges the nickel-metal hydride battery It also is used as a starter for the gas during its stop/start function.

The propulsion motor as mentioned is for adding drive power. It 105 kw (142 horsepower) at 4,500 and peak torque from rpm is 199 pounds-feet.

The 108-pound, 1.6-kwh battery pack is located in the behind a carpeted cover and is 12.1 cubic feet to 15.2 for the non-hybrid.

Because the gas and motors hit their peaks at points, the system power is at a flat 200, and no peak torque figure is specified.

The power output and drive are also flexible due to selectable modes: Eco/Normal and Sport and EV which is activated by a button battery charge and sedate

U.S. EPA-rated mileage is 40 mpg 39 highway, 40 mpg combined. This with the 3.5-liter V6 ES 350 which is at 21 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 combined.

Lexus Touches

Yes, it is a Toyota, but Lexus does a treatment creating a new identity, and one carries new design language on upper level Lexus including its leading and shapely grille.

The ES 300 h hybrid is otherwise identical to the ES 350 non-hybrid in terms of metal, interior design, comforts, and ride.

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Also distinct top the Hybrid are and power readouts unique to its

Design features are aesthetically and quality of materials lets you this is more than a Camry – or Avalon, even if all sound and drive like of a family.

Also welcome is the room afforded by an 111.0-inch shared with the Avalon and longer than the Camry. all cars make good use of space, as the charts show, the ES three adults seated in into a slightly more proposition.

ES 300 h interior room to enlarge).

Extra touches Analog clock, auto-dimming mirror, glow-in-the-dark emergency trunk release handle, external mirrors with HomeLink programmable garage opener, illuminated entry front and rear seating engine start button, and front passenger foot-well and exterior mirror puddle areas, and illuminated gas and trunk buttons.

Changes for 2014 are as Fog lamps saw their bulbs to LED and this is the only exterior Inside updates are heated and front seats available NuLuxe trim. Also was added to front and rear inserts on NuLuxe-trimmed seats optional heated and ventilated seats only). The car also got Eyes Free Mode.

than that, it’s the as was introduced in May 2012.

How it Drives

The ES line is roomy and comfortable with LCD-type electronic twin trip meters and display and controls laid out in a functional pattern easy to get to.

EPA-rated mileage can be achieved at a go-with-the flow pace. As you may driving a hybrid to maximum involves becoming conscious of the operation that is possible on a basis. The idea is to get the battery power and the engine turned off by the computer brain, and this is how the fuel economy goes up.

If the gas were running all the time, the mpg be no where near 40, and experienced owners desiring maximum learn to game the system as as they can.

Driving the car in an pace will see numbers 32-38 mpg. Aggressive will be on the lower scale and

Care taken will let you the rated numbers.

On the other if you want to make haste, you

Lexus engineers firmed the enough so flying around roads, or down the highway is not While body roll is than some more sedans and low rolling resistance squeal sooner, a competent can reel in the miles with if desired.

Compliance over is smooth in most cases, and also is the quiet ride.

action is also OK, and not a cause for The regenerative brakes haul the car from any speed with and acceptably quick.

Power originating from the electric or the gas side are seamlessly blended, but you hear the Atkinson-cycle engine on if you listen for it, especially with the system off. This of is true at a stop when its technology shuts the engine and a firm push of the accelerator it instantly on.

As is typical for hybrids continuously variable transmissions the engine note does not correspond linearly with the rate of acceleration.

This characteristic is disliked by traditional car aficionados as the “sound is part of the driver “experience” have come to associate driving, and it does have to them.

This is why Hyundai and Kia six-speed automatics for their and Optima hybrids, but the CVT is more and Lexus gets around its sound – as critics would it – another way – Sport mode.

a left toggle to the shifter, a appears in the center console, and the primes the powertrain to give all it can as the CVT stepped gear changes can be manually initiated up and down the via the shifter.

The Hybrid lacks of the oomph of the torquey V6 one liter and its 0-60 time may be a half slower, but the electrically assisted otherwise works effectively in driving.

Again, it is no sports It’s an all-around comfortable, competent conveyance that a concession to somewhat aggressive but caters also to desire to fuel and emissions – the ES 300 h qualifies as a (Super Ultra Low Emissions

As it is, the Lexus compromise is a decent and even in regular modes, the car is so most people soon it out and give it no thought.


We know what the market Lexus predicted in June that it would deliver units per year constituting 25 of ES sales. Its sales average 1,200 per month and with sold through September, on track this year for to 17,000.

Lexus prices the ES starting at $40,260 including destination. The example we drove was in the range. An ES 350 starts at $37,380 $910 destination, $2,880

The major advantage for the ES 300 h over the ES 350 is a EPA rated economy of 40 mpg compared to 24 for the ES not to mention emissions savings.

at an average fuel economy at 12,000 miles per year, gas at $3.50 per gallon, ES 300 h annual costs equate to $1,050 40 mpg. If you only got 35 mpg, gas be $1,200. By comparison, the ES 350 assuming it its 24 mpg would cost $1,750 in annually. If it only returned 21 fuel would cost annually. If your annual is more, costs go up. If annual is less, fuel costs

Other variables to consider estimated resale value, premiums, anticipated maintenance, cost of fuel, what of price you can get from a dealer, and the of not having to stop for gas as often – versions have a 17.2 tank so the ES 300 h will need to less frequently.

Altogether, the ES 300 h can a strong alternative depending on unique circumstances, but there are besides.

If you want even high performance, style, consumption, and economy, you could adding $20,000-$40,000 to your and buy a Tesla Model S.

But if you do, you will to contemplate a whole new world of learn not to be caught away grid power, and you’ll part of a live experiment to see how the hold up in the next five to 10

Seriously though, direct from upscale rivals are Infiniti’s hybrid is a fast, hybrid – note parent Nissan does not even a hybrid model at the moment – and it at around $55,000, delivers 29 mpg, and is more a competitor for the questionable BMW ActiveHybrid 3 .

Acura a fun and under-appreciated ILX hybrid loping in the sales charts having 535 through September this compared to 12,096 of the Lexus.

And then there is a bright to the upscale Acura nameplate if you can for something from its parent

That would be the stellar new Accord Hybrid which up to $36,000-plus for the Touring model, is a sedan in the same basic and knocks mpg out of the park with 50 45 highway, 47 combined.

Camry Interior Space. (Click to

Avalon Hybrid interior (Click images to enlarge.)

Yet possibility would be the new Lincoln MKZ rated at 45 mpg, and – to Ford’s – the Lincoln powered by a Fusion powertrain charges zero premium over the MKZ non-hybrid.

And that, you have the Toyota Hybrid and perhaps the most matched competitor is Toyota’s Hybrid which is priced and could nearly be a Lexus if not for the badging.

The good news is abound. For a quick rundown of green car sold in the U.S. you can our monthly sales Dashboard and select something we did not mention.

It all down to you and what you want. If the Lexus, it is a competent vehicle and as advertised.

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