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As the newest addition to the ES line of mid-sized luxury originated in 1989 – and the first version – the ES 300 h has been a relative hit.

It was launched in August for the 2013 model year and forward as essentially the same car for with a couple minor and feature updates.

Last Lexus projected one out of four ES models sold would be the version, and that prediction has true.

This is significant for at a couple of reasons.

First, buyers have traditionally for what others perceived as variants to Toyotas because wanted that special of being coddled if not also – thus compromise was not in their

Secondly, many consumers in remain on the fence about unsure whether gas-electric are a great value compared to gas-powered stable mates.

But the sales numbers speak for Hybrids now comprise only 4 of U.S. sales, so 25 percent is

The reason for this apparent is simple. As the originator of the Prius, and the market leader, Toyota has its formula pretty well As seen with the Camry and Toyota hybrid variants substantial mileage gains, and prices – while higher – can be as acceptable, as are any minor performance if perceived at all.

The ES series had based the Camry platform for generations, but now is based on the Avalon – and they are all kissing cousins the Lexus being the premier

Hybrid Synergy

Providing the ES its identity is its 2.5-liter Atkinson engine paired with a magnet AC synchronous motor and

Aside from sharing this same Hybrid Drive (HSD) system is used by the Camry and Avalon Minor differences include the ES 250 pounds or so more than the Hybrid depending on trim and 90 pounds more than the hybrid and there are minuscule in final drive ratio as

The 2AR-FXE engine at the core of the sheds as much parasitic as possible as an entirely belt-less first seen on the 2012 Camry Hybrid. Fuel and reliability are thus helped by an electric water pump, and power steering.

The 156-horsepower utilizes a high 12.5:1 ratio, and its power pulses are via computer control with two motors. One is the motor/generator that is engine driven and recharges the nickel-metal hydride battery It also is used as a starter for the gas during its stop/start function.

The propulsion motor as mentioned is for adding drive power. It 105 kw (142 horsepower) at 4,500 and peak torque from rpm is 199 pounds-feet.

The 108-pound, 1.6-kwh battery pack is located in the behind a carpeted cover and is 12.1 cubic feet to 15.2 for the non-hybrid.

Because the gas and motors hit their peaks at points, the system power is at a flat 200, and no peak torque figure is specified.

The power output and drive are also flexible due to selectable modes: Eco/Normal and Sport and EV which is activated by a button battery charge and sedate

U.S. EPA-rated mileage is 40 mpg 39 highway, 40 mpg combined. This with the 3.5-liter V6 ES 350 which is at 21 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 combined.


Yes, it is a high-line Toyota, but does a thorough treatment a new identity, and this one carries new language seen on upper Lexus models, including its and shapely front grille.

The ES 300 h is otherwise essentially identical to the ES 350 in terms of sheet metal, design, creature comforts, and

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Also top the Hybrid are badging and power unique to its powertrain.

Design are aesthetically pleasing and quality of lets you know this is than a Toyota Camry – or even if they all sound and like members of a family.

welcome is the extra room by an 111.0-inch wheelbase shared the Avalon and 1.7-inches longer the Camry. While all cars good use of interior space, as the show, the ES makes three seated in back into a more comfortable proposition.

ES 300 h room (click to enlarge).

touches include Analog auto-dimming interior mirror, emergency interior trunk handle, heated external with memory, HomeLink garage door opener, entry system: front and seating areas, engine button, driver and front foot-well areas and exterior puddle lamp areas, and gas and trunk release buttons.

for 2014 are as follows: Fog lamps saw bulbs changed to LED and this is the exterior tweak. Inside are heated and ventilated front available with NuLuxe Also perforation was added to and rear seat inserts on seats (with optional and ventilated front seats

The car also got Siri Eyes Mode.

Other than it’s the same as was introduced in May

How it Drives

The redesigned ES line is and comfortable feeling with electronic digital twin meters and odometer display and laid out in a very functional easy to get used to.

EPA-rated mileage can be achieved at a go-with-the flow pace. As you may driving a hybrid to maximum involves becoming conscious of the operation that is possible on a basis. The idea is to get the battery power and the engine turned off by the HSD s brain, and this is how the average economy goes up.

If the gas engine running all the time, the mpg would be no near 40, and experienced hybrid desiring maximum return to game the system as much as can.

Driving the car in an “ordinary” will see numbers between mpg. Aggressive driving be on the lower scale and below.

taken will let you transcend the numbers.

On the other hand, if you to make haste, you can.

engineers firmed the ride so flying around back or down the highway is not worrisome. body roll is more some more sporting and low rolling resistance tires sooner, a competent driver can in the miles with aplomb if

Compliance over bumps is in most cases, and notable is the quiet ride.

Braking is also OK, and not a cause for concern. The brakes haul the car down any speed with control, and quick.

Power pulses from the electric side or the gas are seamlessly blended, but you will the Atkinson-cycle engine power on if you for it, especially with the sound off. This of course is at a stop when its stop-start shuts the engine off, and a push of the accelerator spurs it on.

As is typical for hybrids with variable transmissions (CVT), the note does not usually linearly with the car’s of acceleration.

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This characteristic is disliked by traditional car aficionados as the “sound is part of the driver “experience” have come to associate driving, and it does have to them.

This is why Hyundai and Kia six-speed automatics for their and Optima hybrids, but the CVT is more and Lexus gets around its sound – as critics would it – another way – Sport mode.

a left toggle to the shifter, a appears in the center console, and the primes the powertrain to give all it can as the CVT stepped gear changes can be manually initiated up and down the via the shifter.

The Hybrid lacks of the oomph of the torquey V6 one liter and its 0-60 time may be a half slower, but the electrically assisted otherwise works effectively in driving.

Again, it is no sports It’s an all-around comfortable, competent conveyance that a concession to somewhat aggressive but caters also to desire to fuel and emissions – the ES 300 h qualifies as a (Super Ultra Low Emissions

As it is, the Lexus compromise is a decent and even in regular modes, the car is so most people soon it out and give it no thought.


We know what the market Lexus predicted in June that it would deliver units per year constituting 25 of ES sales. Its sales average 1,200 per month and with sold through September, it s on this year for close to

Lexus prices the ES 300h at $40,260 including $910 The example we drove was in the $46,000 An ES 350 starts at $37,380 including destination, $2,880 less.

The advantage for the ES 300 h over the ES 350 is a combined EPA economy of 40 mpg compared to 24 for the ES 350, not to emissions savings.

Looking at an average fuel scenario, at 12,000 miles per factoring gas at $3.50 per gallon, ES 300 h fuel costs equate to assuming 40 mpg. If you only got 35 gas would be $1,200. By comparison, the ES 350 it makes its 24 mpg would cost in fuel annually.

If it only 21 mpg, fuel would $2,000 annually. If your mileage is more, costs go up. If driving is less, fuel decrease.

Other variables to include estimated resale insurance premiums, anticipated actual cost of fuel, kind of price you can get from a and the value of not having to stop for gas as – both versions have a gallon tank so the ES 300 h will to refuel less frequently.

the ES 300 h can represent a strong alternative on your unique circumstances, but are options besides.

If you want more high performance, conspicuous consumption, and economy, you consider adding $20,000-$40,000 to budget, and buy a Tesla Model S.

But if you do, you need to contemplate a whole new of recharging, learn not to be caught from grid power, and you ll part of a live experiment to see how the hold up in the next five to 10

Seriously though, direct from upscale rivals are Infiniti’s hybrid is a fast, hybrid – note parent Nissan does not even a hybrid model at the moment – and it at around $55,000, delivers 29 mpg, and is more a competitor for the questionable BMW ActiveHybrid 3 .

Acura a fun and under-appreciated ILX hybrid loping in the sales charts having 535 through September this compared to 12,096 of the Lexus.

And then there is a bright to the upscale Acura nameplate if you can for something from its parent

That would be the stellar new Accord Hybrid which up to $36,000-plus for the Touring model, is a sedan in the same basic and knocks mpg out of the park with 50 45 highway, 47 combined.

Camry Interior Space. (Click to

Avalon Hybrid interior (Click images to enlarge.)

Yet possibility would be the new Lincoln MKZ rated at 45 mpg, and to Ford s – the Lincoln powered by a Fusion powertrain charges zero premium over the MKZ non-hybrid.

And that, you have the Toyota Hybrid and perhaps the most matched competitor is Toyota’s Hybrid which is priced and could nearly be a Lexus if not for the badging.

The good news is abound. For a quick rundown of green car sold in the U.S. you can our monthly sales Dashboard and select something we did not mention.

It all down to you and what you want. If the Lexus, it is a competent vehicle and as advertised.

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