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 … 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 system includes driving modes: Eco, Sport and EV. The car starts in Normal you turn it on, and I like the gas pedal’s in this mode. Eco mode diminishes gas pedal response, and it long before I got fed up with it and back to Normal. Sport switches the hybrid power in the instrument panel to a tachometer and the steering a little heftier. EV lets the car operate on electric alone at slow speeds for distances.

The ES 300h’s 40/39/40 mpg trails the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s mpg, and my observed gas mileage in the was about 25 percent lower the EPA combined estimate of 40 mpg. to the trip computer, I averaged mpg during a 108-mile stretch, an average speed of 19 mph.

depressing average speed it was very cold during of my driving, with outside in the single digits and low teens. temperatures tend to hurt gas particularly for hybrids, and the ES 300h was operating on just electric even during slow-moving traffic when you’d it to. My driving also included stretches on fast-moving highways and streets.

The extremely low temperatures hurt the hybrid system’s in heavy traffic. In stop-and-go the gas engine would abruptly as you crept forward.

Interior

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

Ergonomics Electronics

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.

Cargo Storage

The ES 300h’s measures 12.1 cubic which is about 3 cubic smaller than the cargo of the ES 350, its gas-only sibling. The opening is large and the cargo has a nice shape, but unlike the ES the ES 300h doesn’t have a for carrying long, skinny inside the car.

Storage include a small glove box is mostly occupied by the large of owner’s manuals), a decent-sized console bin, average door pockets and a small bin on the to the left of the steering wheel.

The ES 300h received a five-star rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration for its performance.

Optional safety include a blind spot system with rear alert, lane departure a backup camera and a Pre-Collision that can warn you about obstacles as well as tighten the belts and autonomously brake the

For a full list of safety check out the Features Specs .

Value in Its Class

Lexus has to get the difficult things right the ES 300h, like relatively hybrid system operation, but the car is in areas you wouldn’t necessarily like ride comfort and the features list (leather Bluetooth and a backup camera are

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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