Review: 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid (Video) | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid (Video)

The ES has been best-selling sedan for 15 years yet the started life as something of a In 1989 the ES was a thinly veiled supposedly rushed to market Lexus dealers couldn’t launching a brand with one (the LS 400) and were to wait for the SC and GS. This explanation sense to me and explains why the ES was the only FWD car in a created to compete with the Of course, this odd fit within a RWD luxury brand is exactly why the ES Wonder why Acura’s wares had the sales success of the ES? It’s all the brand baby.

The first ES was a with an LS 400 aping nose Since then the ES and the Camry developed together on a common but with every passing the marriage has become more with the two sharing less and with one another. Like any “trying a separation,” divorce was For 2014 the papers are served and the ES is now up with the Camry’s big sister, the Toyota Avalon. Oh, the tongues wag.

The platform swap the ES has grown an inch in length, an in height and the wheelbase has stretched two inches over the 2012 ES, it two inches longer than the new GS. LS shouldn’t fear, as the flagship is the biggest Japanese luxury on the market. For 2013 Lexus has the former ES’s suppository profile for a blunter nose, greenhouse, longer hood and trunk. The new proportions make the ES like one of the family, not an accident happened later. It also the new Lexus spindle grill particularly good in my mind, not I was able to say about the GS or some of the mugs wearing the new grin.

Snazzy gizmos aren’t anything if they aren’t in style, just ask Apple. The brings the ES’s interior up a few notches in some ways and in others. The dashboard now features the in automotive interiors crazes: the Like Buick’s LaCrosse, the ES a standard injection-molded dashboard is then run through a sewing (by hand, because this is a Lexus) to put real stitching on seams. While I appreciate the effort, I must point out the ES’ sister-ship Avalon uses pieces of pleather mechanically together on a sewing machine and hard plastics within reach of the driver. As a result I the Alvaon to have a more look and feel with the of the fake-wood in the Toyota. Yea, I my head too.

The interior’s mimics the two-level style in the 2011 GS. Basically we have an infotainment/navigation LCD in the dash separated the system controls by satin and wood trim. I’m still if this is a design theme I’m with, let us know your in the comment section below. fit and finish in our ES tester was excellent, we more hard plastic in cabin than in the old model and it didn’t bug me on the preview junket a ago, it did raise my eyebrows having the new Avalon for a week. On the side, all ES hybrid models get new bamboo wood which has to be one of the appealing wood veneers I seen in a vehicle cabin.

The ES’ seats contort in 10-ways an optional extending thigh on the driver’s side. Thanks to padding and improved NuLuxe upholstery on the base hybrid and or semi-aniline leather on up-level your backside won’t you racking up highway miles. The MKZ Hybrid may have a slightly interior, but the ES’ front seats are comfortable. The steering wheel is from the GS sedan, complete soft leather. Should you a more premium tiller, the bamboo can be applied to two-thirds of the and heating is optional as well.

Rear passengers are treated to the rear legroom of any Lexus – including the six-digit LS 600hL. If you at the picture above, the driver’s is positioned for a 6-foot tall in a somewhat reclined position. The is more combined (front/rear) than a Lincoln MKS or a short 7-Series. Since the ES has a more audience in mind, the rear bottom cushions are higher off the making them more for adults than a Camry. the cushy rear seat something of a flaw: they fold. I had hoped the old Avalon’s rear seats would made it to the ES, but they were on the cutting room floor for vehicles. ES 350 shoppers get a ski pass-through to ease the pain, but hybrid must not be winter-sports folks; opening is plugged by the battery. of batteries, the nickel-hydride battery exacts a trunk-toll of 3.1 cubic reducing your cargo to 12.1 cubes, a heftier than hybrid GS buyers

Infotainment Gadgets

For $39,250, ES 300h models get an 8-speaker system with Bluetooth and integration and XM radio. Opting for the “display audio” option, a 7-inch LCD coupled with a surround-sound system and backup You will be hard pressed to either of these on dealer as an inventory search by my local turned up zero ES 300h models in California and exactly two of 300 ES hybrids on dealer lots. fine by me since I demand toys on my ride.

Most ES options are sold in packages ranging from the “premium” to the $10,650 “ultra All packages bump you up to the 8-inch LCD system, include an electric tilt/telescoping tiller, in-dash DVD and a steering wheel with inlays. In addition to iPod/USB voice control, smartphone messaging and app integration, the system has the intuitive touchscreen interface for my favorite input method: Remote Touch, aka the Lexus The joystick is intuitive to use because just like a mouse on computer. You wiggle the controller and the on the screen wiggles. Simple right? I have two problems it. First, it occupies a great of room on the center console, an the Avalon uses for more located latté-holders. Secondly, the software driving the system changed since the touchscreen See the problem? With the old system you glance at the screen, look up at the road and let your right stab the option, even my grandmother has the hand-eye co-ordination to do With Remote Touch you to spend far more time the screen to see if the cursor is on the option you a potentially dangerous situation if you playing with your while you drive. Want to an address using the on-screen keyboard? It’s obvious why won’t let you do that in motion. The uses a version of the same but retains the touchscreen interface and enough the ES’ base audio (one notch above the ES) uses a knob-style controller Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

The ES wouldn’t be a without a few gadgets and expensive Top on my list are the $3,745 (yes, you that right) Mark sound system which fantastic (as it should for the price), parking sensors, $400 opening/closing trunk, and the $1,500 active cruise control pre-collision warning. Of course all gizmos are included with the package bringing the top-end ES to a cool $50,795.

The Avalon Hybrid, Camry and ES 300h share the same drivetrain. Driving the system is a 2.5L 2AR-FXE four-cylinder Running on the Atkinson cycle, the puts out 156 HP and 153 lb-ft of twist. engine is coupled to a revised Hybrid Drive transaxle as Toyota Synergy Drive in products), in essence a beefier hybrid system. The planetary and two motor/generator combination allow the to drive electric only for distances at limited speeds, the vehicle solely on engine or combine the 156HP with juice from the battery in the trunk to deliver 200 ponies the battery has been depleted. doesn’t specify a combined rating for the ES Hybrid, but based on the scoot to 60 we clocked, I estimate the number is around 200-220 That run to 60 is a hair faster the MKZ and about 1/2 a second better the LaCrosse eAssist.

Performance is than these numbers indicate thanks to 199 lb-ft 0-1500RPM courtesy of the hybrid Lexus is sticking to nickel batteries and not the trendier Lithium found in the Lincoln. Despite the ES averaged an impressive 42 MPG over 780 of mixed driving. While may sound worse than the 47/47/47MPG trifecta, nobody to be getting more than 39 in the hybrid. Meanwhile the ES bested 2008 EPA numbers of 40/39/40

There is no other front-wheel-drive with a luxury logo on the to compare to the ES 300h. Sure we the eAssist Buick LaCrosse and the MKZ, but aside from the MKZ a size-class down and the LaCrosse not a “true” hybrid (its not sold as such), neither has the same cachet as Lexus. what I said at the beginning? The strongest selling point is its If BMW made a large, soft driver, you can be sure its sales exceed the ES. What does have to do with the way the ES hybrid Everything. You see, the way the ES handles, and accelerates isn’t as important to the driver as the way the car looks, the logo on the how quiet it is, how reliable it is and hoe well the treat you. When it to these qualities the ES 300h is the driving appliance.

The ES’s cabin is still at highway speeds but Buick’s to sound deadening is extreme and the is quieter under most especially in terms of engine Since the three FWD luxury all use four-cylinder engines, sound is important. Despite growing in generation, the ES’ ride isn’t as damped as the outgoing model, thanks to Lexus’ efforts to the ES handle less like a The suspension engineer’s efforts off with the ES feeling neither too nor too harsh. The 215/55R17s our tester had more grip than I had and the ES hybrid didn’t head for the when driven hard. the road started winding the ES felt sloppy or out-of-place its Lexus trademark poise broken pavement and uneven When it comes to absolute grip the ES comes in behind the mostly due to the wide 245/40R17s by the LaCrosse and the 225/50R17s on the MKZ Hybrid.

the overall experience is what the ES is it’s about dealership a polished purchasing experience and a warranty. The competition has caught up as well with the MKZ Hybrid and aAssist delivering the same and powertrain warranty terms and is now tossing in 4 years and 50,000 of scheduled maintenance. The ES 300h’s cards remain the same as Lexus’s brand image and reliability reputation. There’s one further problem: the 2013 Hybrid. The Avalon Hybrid starts higher than the ES at $41,295 but ends far lower at despite having an incredibly feature set. Our friends at tell us the price ends up at $4,476 for comparably models. Is the Lexus brand, a warranty and a snazzy dealership the difference?

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Excellent fuel economy.

four-year payback vs the non-hybrid ES.

warranty, reliability reputation and all-important brand image.

Remote Touch is harder to use the old touchscreen system.

Plenty of plastics within easy

The Avalon hybrid is a better

Lexus provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30: 2.95

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