2013 Lexus ES300h and ES350 review

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How modern is too modern?

2013 ES

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I figured would be a rubber-stamp review after all, the ES is a long-time of mine, combining first-class luxury with humble therefore, more affordable) bits. But in redesigning the ES for 2013, has made some big changes including a new hybrid version so will it remain on my list of Read on.

First Glance: your target customer

My is the perfect Lexus ES customer. worked hard all her life, a good living, and has developed a for the finer things. She wants a car is luxurious, comfortable, reliable, and not priced.

And she doesn’t give a posterior what is under the — for all she knows, the car could be by a colony of underprivileged children. years of happy Toyota (punctuated by a Buick Park which she rather liked), she took my advice and bought a ES350, and I don’t think ever been happier a car.

So when Lexus invited me to the new 2013 ES, it was naturally my stepmother who I was of. Clearly, the target market for the ES has not because the formula has not changed: It is a luxury car based on a straightforward platform. A lot of people have down on the ES for being a glorified but I don’t have a problem that — what’s with using an existing and mechanicals if it keeps the price

Besides, technically, the ES is no longer a Toyota Camry — now based on the Toyota Avalon, makes the new ES slightly bigger the old one. Styling follows new L-Finesse formula, with an grille and the cabin greenhouse back slightly, giving the ES the look of a BMW 5-series (or a Lexus I don’t think my stepmother mind the new styling much; I didn’t.

In the Driver’s Seat: What does best. and worst

again Lexus has attempted to the ES, but this time it’s a bit wrong. The old ES’ cabin goes to photo) was the car’s feature, and one of the key aspects that it to my stepmother: Top-quality materials, styling, and simple controls big, easy-to-read buttons.

The new interior gets only one out of right. The materials are still good, with softly armrests and door pulls. The old car’s cloth seats given way to NuLuxe, Lexus’ name for imitation leather; cowhides remain optional.

I like the ES 300h hybrid light bamboo trim, but the maple on the ES 350 model doesn’t quite so well, especially on the lever, where the slab of looks like. well, a substance into which one not willingly place one’s

From here, it’s a slide. The L-Finesse styling continues on the dash. but it looks and disharmonious, with shapes don’t seem to line up or add up. And the join is disappointing — it like the parts came two different cars.

My stepmother probably live with but it’s the secondary controls would drive her around the Like other Lexus navigation-equipped ESs get the new Enform system, Internet-enabled applications like radio and Yelp restaurant All well and good, but instead of a the system now uses Lexus’ Remote Touch controller. and of the oft-used functions are buried menu layers deep. My is computer-savvy, to be sure, but I’m she has no desire to be mouse around the stereo functions while bombing down the freeway at her ten over the limit. Yes, are redundant buttons for the A/C and a few for the stereo, but are no longer as large nor as well-marked as in the old car.

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The user-friendliness that both she and I in the old-shape ES is gone.

On the Road: powertrain is an excellent addition

The ES is now in two versions, the ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid. The is powered by our old familiar friend, 268 hp 3.5 liter V6. which drives the wheels through a six-speed transmission. I’m not a proponent of for changes’ sake, but with of the ES’ competitors offering direct-injected engines that get fuel economy and lower Lexus’ decision to stick ol’ reliable reeks of

And speaking of complacency, the ES 350’s EPA economy ratings are 21 MPG city and 31 MPG unimpressive by today’s standards.

New to the is the ES 300h, powered by the same 2.5 Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and driveline as the Camry Hybrid. output is 200 horsepower; Lexus is mum on torque, but acceleration is sprightly, Eco, Normal and Sport modes that customize the accelerator and steering response. EPA economy ratings are a promising 40 MPG and 39 MPG highway.

It’s an excellent for the ES, and I’d definitely choose it the V6.

The old ES was best known for its isolated, driving experience, and that has over to the new car. Even the ride is a bit firmer and cornering a lot flat, the ES still rivals the LaCrosse for sheer serenety. the handling is a bit better, although the remains as light and feedback-free as At least Lexus hasn’t on high-tech gadgets: You can get both ES with blind-spot and lane-departure as well as my old favorite, active control, which detects ahead and matches their

ES occupants are surrounded by ten airbags, twin knee airbags and side airbags, but there is no collision warning-slash-avoidance system.

Lexus ES Electric Cars
Lexus ES Electric Cars
Lexus ES Electric Cars
Lexus ES Electric Cars
Lexus ES Electric Cars
Lexus ES Electric Cars


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