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2013 Lexus ES 300h both luxury and fuel

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h has a comfortable interior. (Lexus)

If seeking a luxury ride, the no doubt will include a at the Lexus portfolio of vehicles.

Any from Toyota’s luxury has a solid reputation to live up to. I spent some time in one of the vehicles offered by Lexus, the Lexus ES 300h sedan, and let you know if it lives up to the Lexus and what you can expect from luxury hybrid offering.

If talking luxury vehicles, you to be able to look at the vehicle and it’s luxurious. And between the grille and sleek design on the ES you’re going to like you see here.  This vehicle is in a with top-notch rides the Mercedes C-class and BMW 3-series, so got some stiff competition, but in of design most people like what they see It definitely looks like

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h can be to include bamboo wood on the steering wheel, adding an touch to the luxury sedan. (David Dewhurst)

The size of the inside is spacious and adequate if you need to pack in the family, as is a mid-size sedan (the generation of Lexus’ mid-size which was first introduced two decades ago).

The luxury continues inside, as even the model will get you NuLuxe leather) and you can upgrade to leather

The premium package on my test also had the nice touch of bamboo wood trim to the plus a leather-trimmed shift and a heated wood and leather steering wheel. These touches bump up the price a but make it look more in the process.

I liked some of the little inside, like the cup holders covers on them for a smoother in the center console design it’s easy to push the off when you want to place a in the holders).

The interior of the ES 300h is more traditional than find in a vehicle like the Prius. You don’t have I like to call the spaceship or holographic mpg screen. This is a idea to differentiate between the as each brand needs its own and that look wouldn’t go in a Lexus.

The 2013 Lexus ES is spacious, luxurious sedan, and the averages 40 city/39 highway (Lexus)

Let’s forget the looks for a minute; how does thing drive?

The word often gives people bad in their head of a car with no to it, just a gas-saver. That’s not the on the ES 300h, not by a longshot.

You get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a output permanent magnet drive motor. In simple the underlying operation is similar to Toyota family hybrids the Prius. You get two motor generators the one acting as a starter to turn to the gas over and charge the battery; and the one actually operating the vehicle.

So is the biggest difference between hybrids and Lexus hybrids all in the tuning. The Toyota models be tuned for maximum fuel-efficiency, the Prius always at or near the top of the mpg But power isn’t always to come by on those models, is why many folks shy away.

Once you’re up to the luxury end and people want more What’s the point of having a car if you can’t get it up to speed quickly?

So the on the Lexus hybrids like the one i are more tuned for performance. a rear-wheel drive experience, not like the Toyotas, so it’s

Bill Kwong, public specialist for Lexus, explained

It’s a conventional transmission, for performance. The hybrid gets horsepower than the gas counterpart on of them, Kwong said. hybrids also have a reinforced chassis, fully suspension; better insulation, a package with handling. We with suspension geometry to you ride comfort but still handling,

DRIVING MODES

in the ES 300h was very enjoyable and I felt inhibited or unable to up. The vehicle was very responsive to my and nimble as it darted around the

You can adjust the mode you drive in to conditions, which is helpful. mode lets you zip through and is ideal for highway driving and passing situations.

NORMAL is the standard drive and is still zippy. And if you want to really gas, go with ECO mode, be prepared to wait a little to get up to speed if you hit the gas. This could be frustrating if used in the circumstance, but did extend MPG impressively.


With the ES 300h, you get 200 total horsepower. The gas engine has 156 horsepower and the comes from the electric

You  have a 4-cylinder gas plus the 2 electric motors one of which actually drives the There is also an EV mode electric), which can be used for periods of time and only if driving very slowly, as pulling into an apartment at night. In EV mode, the car is dead and no one will even know coming.

Hybrids are synonymous great gas mileage. And for a vehicle as as the ES 300h, it does very The official numbers are 40 city/39 I actually averaged 40.5 in my with the car.

About 16 are available in the tank for your so do the math and you’ll see that you can top 600 miles from a single in the ES 300h, assuming you’re a lot of driving in ECO mode. If you’re all it will be less of course. are some pretty good in my book, though you can do better if willing to sacrifice power and go to a Prius or similar vehicles. But be giving up luxury features in the if you do that.

As you are driving, the length of trip can be extended as you charge the (which is located behind the passenger seat). Part of is done through regenerative so as you brake or decelerate the battery be charging. A screen on the dashboard you all your details about battery, etc. and can be controlled via the wheel.

Another cool thing is in a hybrid, when you stop at a the engine will stop so both quiet and not wasting (not wasting gas or putting out

If you upgrade to the navigation package in the ES (an option that costs a $2,625), you’ll get an eight-inch with a rear backup If you don’t get navigation, a smaller screen will come the vehicle and you won’t have the camera either.

One interesting about the Lexus lineup is the of touchscreens. They use something a Remote Touch Interface, lets you control the screen a computer mouse via buttons on the console. It’s a little at times, but mostly easy to use and it unnecessary to lean over and the actual screen. It was strange at to use it, but I got used to it pretty quickly.

If you get the system and large screen, it with a system called Enform, which allows voice controls in the areas of phone calls and music.

also an Enform app that you to do some things remotely, as start the car and turn on lights. works through your phone via Bluetooth and also integration in the car of apps like and IHeartRadio.

The car also read my to me, which was cool and kind of at the same time. Overall was OK, but not the best infotainment/telematics system tried.

The ES 300h comes AM/FM radio, a 90-day radio trial, 6-CD Bluetooth audio capability, a USB iPod connectivity and a mini AUX I had an 8-speaker audio system, but you can to a higher-end version if you choose.

SAFETY CONNECT

The Safety feature is standard on this and if there is an impact with an air bag the operator will call

If you are in a less serious accident and to be towed, you can push a button and an will come on and assist Safety Connect also as a Lojack if the car is  stolen, and it’s into the car.

TECH

Some other tech (Push to start, keyless brake assist) come

Others are optional, including:

spot monitoring Park (a sonar sensor in rear gives you an audio and visual if you’re going to hit something), system (visual and audio if you’re going to hit something; helps apply the brakes)

kind of features are very and save lives and prevent While it’s nice to them as options, we can only that they become equipment on more vehicles in the

The Lexus ES 300h I tested was at $38,850 to start. Once added the heated seats, NAV premium package, leather shift knob and steering mats and delivery charge, it to $44,159.00.

There is a non-hybrid of this vehicle (the which has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, for $3,000 less, but you’ll the savings on gas that come a hybrid, so that option is for who cares more about than fuel economy.

is no small chunk of change for a sedan, but when compared to luxury brands in the marketplace, not that terrible (and less than the $80K or a Lexus SUV will cost

All things are relative, I suppose, but definitely out of the price range of everyday folks. If you’re a of means, spending $40K on a isn’t too much of a concern.

You say the Lexus ES 300h is what a would look like it graduated from college and got its degree. Still quite but a lot more classy, powerful, and fun to drive.

I won’t say it’s the best hybrid out there, or the luxury vehicle in its class, as are a bunch of other options are either equally impressive or to it.

But I will say this: It was a pleasure to around in the ES 300h. I had full the power was there when I it, but when I wanted to be eco-friendly and some gas, I was also to do that. Having those of options was a nice filling, and so was by a lot of gas stations.

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