2014LexusES 300h Review By Mike Hanley

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The 2014 Lexus ES 300h drives like a conventional but its overly firm ride is its multimedia interface is distracting and its gas mileage trails the competition.

The ES was new for the 2013 model year, and the car uses the same hybrid as the Toyota Camry Hybrid to get its 40/39/40 mpg city/highway/combined. Changes for include newly available Eyes Free Mode for iPhones; to see how the 2013 and 2014 compare, click here. or out how the ES 300h stacks up against its competitor, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, .

The ES 300h starts at $40,410 a $910 destination charge. include aluminum wheels, start, power front a power moonroof, dual-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth and a USB port. features like heated and front seats, a navigation with a backup camera, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and wood trim raised the of our test car to $44,710.

How It Drives

has overcome the driving-experience quirks have plagued many Acceleration from a stop is and predictable even when the gas turns on for supplemental power. Its is similar to a strong, gas four-cylinder as opposed to a V-6 one, but the car is swift for city driving.

On the highway, though, there’s reserve power; the ES 300h easily at speed but makes noise than acceleration you press the gas pedal to the floor.

from a slight shudder and the noise when the gas engine turns on, the only thing reminds you you’re in a hybrid is responsiveness. Hybrids have braking technology that the car’s kinetic energy to the hybrid battery pack. The ES brake pedal feels if a little soft, but what’s to catch drivers by surprise is the with which the brakes The regenerative braking system slowing the car with just the brake-pedal pressure. Unlike conventional brake systems, no initial dead space the brakes engage.

The most aspect of the ES 300h is how the car rides. small cracks and bumps in the produce a hard, sharp It feels like a high-performance car, which is all the more because the ES 300h doesn’t like a performance car in the slightest. not dynamic or engaging. Lexus to be on a mission to make all its cars but most ES 300h buyers are more interested in comfort, and lacking here.

The hybrid includes multiple driving Eco, Normal, Sport and EV. The car in Normal when you turn it on, and I the gas pedal’s responsiveness in this Eco mode severely diminishes gas response, and it wasn’t long I got fed up with it and switched back to Sport mode switches the power meter in the instrument to a tachometer and makes the steering a heftier. EV mode lets the car on electric power alone at speeds for short distances.

The ES 300h’s 40/39/40 mpg estimate the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s 45/45/45 and my observed gas mileage in the Lexus was 25 percent lower than the EPA estimate of 40 mpg. According to the computer, I averaged 29.8 mpg a 108-mile stretch, with an speed of 19 mph.

That average speed aside, it was cold during most of my with outside temperatures in the digits and low teens. Cold tend to hurt gas mileage, for hybrids, and the ES 300h was rarely on just electric power during slow-moving rush-hour when you’d expect it to. My also included some on fast-moving highways and suburban

The extremely low temperatures also the hybrid system’s seamlessness in traffic. In stop-and-go driving the gas would abruptly start as you forward.


The ES 300h’s cabin emphasizes the car’s width its focus on horizontal lines. The Premium Package included bamboo wood trim looked great and provided an contrast to the rest of the cabin, was finished mostly in black

One aspect of the cabin that’s a off-putting is the upper door I sometimes like to rest my there, and even though technically a soft-touch surface it has some give to it, it came as being relatively hard. I softer trim in a luxury

The front bucket seats are and comfortable, and it was especially nice to optional seat heaters the chilly days I spent the car. The seats warmed up but the center-console dial for setting the level was difficult to use when gloves even thinner ones.

Backseat comfort is good for a midsize car; nearly as comfortable as many sedans. The outer rear have the same wide, feel as the front buckets, and is good for taller passengers. The seat’s cushioning is harder and you sit a higher, but the flat floor no center floor hump many cars have more room for your

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Our test car had Remote Touch interface, is optional for the ES 300h. It consists of a controller on the center console moves a cursor on the dashboard It works like a computer

The familiar interface should Remote Touch a leg up on some of its like BMW’s iDrive and Comand, but it doesn’t. It’s not a interface for a moving vehicle. with the system’s haptic that draws the cursor to menus, the cursor still around too much. It’s and the result is that you end up paying attention to the system that be better spent watching the This isn’t an issue iDrive or Comand, both of use knob-based controllers to jump one on-screen menu to the next.

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connectivity isn’t standard for a car that starts at more $40,000 but it’s included the optional Display Audio and systems. My iPhone connected using Bluetooth, and the multimedia downloaded my address book The Bluetooth streaming audio worked well, too.


The ES 300h’s trunk 12.1 cubic feet, is about 3 cubic feet than the cargo area of the ES its gas-only sibling. The trunk is large and the cargo area has a shape, but unlike the ES 350, the ES doesn’t have a pass-through for long, skinny items the car.

Storage areas include a glove box (which is mostly by the large stack of owner’s a decent-sized center console average front door and a small bin on the dashboard to the left of the wheel.


The ES 300h a five-star overall rating the National Highway Traffic Administration for its crash-test performance.

safety features include a spot warning system rear cross-traffic alert, departure warning, a backup and a Pre-Collision System that can you about oncoming obstacles as as tighten the seat belts and brake the car.

For a full of safety features, check out the Specs page .

Value in Its

Lexus has managed to get the difficult right with the ES 300h, relatively seamless hybrid operation, but the car is lacking in areas you necessarily expect, like comfort and the standard features (leather upholstery, Bluetooth and a camera are optional).

With hybrids, it’s tempting to see how many years take to recoup the added of the technology (comparing base of the ES 300h and ES 350, the payback is 3.4 years). Saving money the only motivating factor it comes to buying a hybrid, especially when there’s a badge on the grille.

Fuel for its own sake matters more for and the ES 300h’s 40 mpg combined rating behind mainstream models the Honda Accord Hybrid (47 and Ford Fusion Hybrid (47 as well as luxury ones the MKZ Hybrid (45 mpg). This is the ES 300h’s second year on the but already Lexus has some up to do.

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