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2014 Lexus ES 300h

The grille marks the otherwise ES 300h as a Lexus from a away. Those integrated fog are new for 2014. Lexus

With a round trip through used to be called the BosWash before us, it was my great good to be handed the key to an ES 300h, Lexus’s efficient hybrid sedan. the passenger-in-chief and I were able to from Boston to Washington, DC, and on less than two tanks of gas, while coddled in We logged 960 miles, averaged 52 MPH and 38 MPG and spent about $93 on gas—with of the expense and soul-crushing abuse of commercial, and no need for a nasty car at the other end.

On the long multi-lane legs of the least the traffic-free parts, we could run in Eco drive mode both the climate and cruise set on 75—fuel efficiency hovered a bit of 40 MPG.


Eco mode seems to add a band between gas pedal and so in urban traffic I switched to drive, for quicker response. than to experiment, I didn’t use the setting, which dips into the electric motor’s torque. (There’s nothing about a Lexus ES, hybrid or it’s meant to deliver a competent and cushy driving/riding the thing for endless miles of

The signature grille marks the bland ES 300h as a Lexus a quarter-mile away. Those fog lamps are new for 2014. Lexus

A 24-MPG Lexus ES 350 has a 268-horsepower powerplant and a six-speed automatic This otherwise identical but more fuel-stingy ES 300h has a four-cylinder gas engine plus an motor; together they can 200 horsepower to the front wheels a CVT, continuously variable

The ES hybrid takes about a longer than the gas ES to hit 60 MPH from but it isn’t what you’d slow.

A computer monitors all of variables and decides from to millisecond how much oomph motor has to contribute to get the job done efficiently (Eco) or most (Sport).

The computer also keeps an eye on the motor’s batteries, and uses the gas and the brakes as generators to top them up convenient. The driver senses of these transitions. The regenerative feel normal, and the gas engine’s stop-start at red lights (to save and emissions) is barely perceptible. does stop-start better Lexus.

Just one thing on the ES-h’s luxury, and that is the of the CVT transmission during acceleration and The noise goes away the car reaches speed, but sometimes like being buzzed by mosquitos.

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The rotary knob selects the Drive mode. “EV lets the ES 300h run on volts slowly. “S-D” in the gearshift offers a choice between sport and manual shifting. your wrist on the cushion to work the computer joystick and just ahead of it. Note left) the steering-wheel heat and shade switches. Lexus

Although the hard- and software of drive adds about thousand to the price of a Lexus ES, for the ES 300h’s starting price $39,350 (plus $910 But watch that order The reasonably equipped car we drove $48,542. Even at 40 MPG, economy alone isn’t to ease these payments It is possible, however, to whittle the price a bit.

I can live a power trunk closer Intuitive Park Assist and Lane Departure Alert I could also give up the steering wheel ($450), but its built-in heater would go Savings so far: $2,315, knocks only about $35 off a payment.

What about rain-sensing ($155) or the blind-spot and rear alerts ($500)? Worth in my book. Or this excellent and the cushy heated and ventilated They’re part of option worth about five Yes, we can cut them all out, but we’ve got a Toyota, not a Lexus.

And it was a that made our road so easy, and led to a different sort of driving—accelerating and braking extra as though there were under the pedals and fine loose in the trunk. I wanted to my cake (MPG) and eat it too (MPH).

It was satisfying enough that a subversive idea began to shape in my head: Shouldn’t all cars get 40 miles per gallon? frugality—green, comfortable, swift another form of luxury?

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