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2013 Lexus ES First A Little Edgier and Much Electric

The Lexus ES has long a popular sedan for the Japanese automaker, a model that along with Toyota’s division itself in 1989 and now only trails the RX in annual But the current, fifth-generation ES 350 has felt a bit in the tooth the past couple as sleeker, better-equipped rivals the Audi A6. BMW 5 Series and Acura TL it a run for its money.

Thankfully, a new ES is right the corner, and it signals a welcome forward for this midsize The 2013 model year mark the sixth generation for the ES, and the standard car’s V6 engine over from the previous the rest of the vehicle has evolved and in.

New sheet metal with fenders and a high beltline the ES a slightly aggressive look, the front end is the latest to receive angular, hour-glass grille and LED lights. The hindquarters of the 2013 ES look much better the outgoing model, helped by a end that cloaks an even trunk than its predecessor. As a the ES has grown slightly in both and length, which translates to room inside for passengers and

The biggest news about the Lexus ES. though, is that it be available in hybrid form, a for this model range. test-driving pre-production versions of models, we came away many positive impressions and a few nits.

Enjoying the Ride

The naturally aspirated ES will to use the 268-horsepower V6 found in the current but that’s not a bad thing. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the still boasts plenty of for quick acceleration up freeway and the juice needed for passing at speed. A zip to 60 mph is pegged at 7.1 seconds, identical to the current model.

wants the 2013 ES 350 to be seen as comfortable and sporty, but like the model it heavily favors the side of the equation, even Sport mode is selected a new rotary dial. Yes, the sedan stayed firmly on curvy, mountainous Oregon but this is no BMW sport sedan or a Cadillac CTS. If you want however and we reckon the ES’ demographic of mid-lifers do the ES nails it.

The newest ES 350 is another example of why is known for making cars to drivers seeking serenity. A suspension, specially insulated and plush quarters make the ES a car in which you can cruise long without fatigue.

And the comfort extends beyond the driver’s of view. It’s there in the passenger seat available its own memory setting and even so in the rear, which now has deeply seats and a four more of legroom. Other new additions/options we appreciate in the coming ES:

* Heated wheel

* Power closing

* Blind Spot Monitor Rear Cross Traffic

* 835-watt, 15-speaker Mark audio system

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* Rear-seat side-window shades


Like the outgoing Lexus HS that it is essentially replacing, the ES 300h pairs a gasoline and battery-powered electric motor to high mileage. Here, the ES 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and motor are expected to attain 40 highway mpg, numbers we realistic. In fact, in careful we averaged over 41 mpg. good news. Even is that we didn’t feel we were sacrificing much to get numbers.

While the hybrid have the get-up and go of the V6-powered ES, 200 total horsepower it’s capable enough, especially Sport mode activated.

Best of all, the hybrid system in the ES is much better the one in the outgoing HS, which could downright unrefined as it switched its gasoline engine and electric In the 2013 ES 300h, those went mostly unnoticed. The time we really sensed was in Eco mode, which is meant to the most fuel but makes you pay the with a nervous powertrain and power output.


In the years ahead the ES will no face stiffer competition, but evolution should help the continue to attract buyers a comfortable, luxurious cruiser. And for desiring those qualities in to high-mileage, the ES 300h hybrid may be the one to beat.

Both the ES 350 and ES 300h are scheduled to go on sale in early Lexus will announce closer to the car’s arrival, but the 2013 Lexus ES lineup to in the mid- to high-$30,000 range.

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Lexus ES Electric Cars
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