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Review: 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid (Video)

The ES has been best-selling sedan for 15 years yet the started life as something of a In 1989 the ES was a thinly veiled supposedly rushed to market Lexus dealers couldn t launching a brand with one (the LS 400) and were to wait for the SC and GS. This explanation sense to me and explains why the ES was the only FWD car in a created to compete with the Of course, this odd fit within a RWD luxury brand is exactly why the ES

Wonder why Acura s wares had the sales success of the ES? It s all about the baby.

The first ES was a Camry an LS 400 aping nose job. then the ES and the Camry were together on a common platform, but every passing redesign the has become more rocky the two sharing less and less one another. Like any couple a separation, divorce was inevitable.

For the papers are served and the ES is now shacking up the Camry s big sister, the 2014 Avalon. Oh, the tongues will

The platform swap means the ES has an inch in length, an inch in and the wheelbase has stretched nearly two over the 2012 ES, making it two longer than the new GS. LS owners t fear, as the flagship is still the Japanese luxury vehicle on the For 2013 Lexus has ditched the ES s suppository side profile for a nose, taller greenhouse, hood and shorter trunk.

The new make the ES look like one of the not an accident that happened It also makes the new Lexus grill look particularly in my mind, not something I was able to say the GS or some of the other mugs the new grin.

Snazzy gizmos aren t anything if they aren t in style, just ask Apple. The brings the ES’s interior up a few notches in some ways and in others. The dashboard now features the in automotive interiors crazes: the

Like Buick s LaCrosse, the ES a standard injection-molded dashboard is then run through a sewing (by hand, because this is a Lexus) to put real stitching on seams. While I appreciate the effort, I must point out the ES sister-ship Avalon uses pieces of pleather mechanically together on a sewing machine and hard plastics within reach of the driver. As a result I the Alvaon to have a more look and feel with the of the fake-wood in the Toyota.

Yea, I my head too.

The interior s mimics the two-level style in the 2011 GS. Basically we have an infotainment/navigation LCD in the dash separated the system controls by satin and wood trim. I m still if this is a design theme I m with, let us know your in the comment section below. fit and finish in our ES tester was excellent, we more hard plastic in cabin than in the old model and it didn t bug me on the preview junket a ago, it did raise my eyebrows having the new Avalon for a week.

On the side, all ES hybrid models get new bamboo wood which has to be one of the appealing wood veneers I seen in a vehicle cabin.

The ES seats contort in 10-ways an optional extending thigh on the driver s side. Thanks to padding and improved NuLuxe upholstery on the base hybrid and or semi-aniline leather on up-level your backside won t notice you up highway miles. The Lincoln MKZ may have a slightly snazzier but the ES front seats are more

The steering wheel is borrowed the GS sedan, complete with leather. Should you want a premium tiller, the same can be applied to two-thirds of the wheel and is optional as well.

Rear are treated to the most rear of any Lexus sedan including the LS 600hL. If you look at the picture the driver s seat is positioned for a tall driver in a somewhat position. The result is more (front/rear) legroom than a MKS or a short wheelbase 7-Series.

the ES has a more mature audience in the rear seat bottom are higher off the floor making more comfortable for adults a Camry. Sadly, the cushy seat have something of a they don t fold. I had hoped the old s reclining rear seats have made it to the ES, but they lost on the cutting room for both vehicles.

ES 350 shoppers get a ski to help ease the pain, but lovers must not be winter-sports that opening is plugged by the Speaking of batteries, the nickel-hydride pack exacts a trunk-toll of 3.1 feet, reducing your hold to 12.1 cubes, a price than hybrid GS pay.

Infotainment Gadgets

For base ES 300h models get an audio system with and iPod integration and XM radio. for the $740 “display audio” buys a 7-inch LCD coupled a Lexus-branded surround-sound system and cam. You will be hard to find either of these on lots as an inventory search by my dealer turned up zero ES base models in California and two of nearly 300 ES hybrids on dealer

That s fine by me since I more toys on my ride.

ES options are sold bundled in ranging from the $5,250 to the $10,650 ultra luxury. All bump you up to the 8-inch LCD navigation/infotainment include an electric power tiller, in-dash DVD player, and a wheel with wood In addition to iPod/USB media control, smartphone text and app integration, the system has ditched the touchscreen interface for my least input method: Lexus Touch, aka the Lexus joystick. The is intuitive to use because it s just a mouse on your computer. You the controller and the cursor on the screen Simple enough, right?

I two problems with it. First, it a great deal of room on the console, an area the Avalon for more conveniently located Secondly, the basic software the system hasn t changed the touchscreen days. See the problem?

the old system you could glance at the look back up at the road and let right hand stab the even my 91-year-old grandmother has the co-ordination to do that. With Touch you have to spend far time watching the screen to see if the is on the option you want, a potentially situation if you like playing your gadgets while you Want to enter an address the on-screen QWERTY keyboard? It s why Lexus won t let you do that in motion.

The uses a version of the same but retains the touchscreen interface and enough the ES base audio (one notch above the ES) uses a knob-style controller Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

The ES wouldn t be a Lexus without a few and expensive options. Top on my list are the (yes, you read that Mark Levinson sound which sounds fantastic (as it for the price), $500 parking $400 power opening/closing and the $1,500 radar-based active control with pre-collision Of course all these gizmos are with the ultra-luxury package the top-end ES 300h to a cool

The Avalon Hybrid, Camry and ES 300h share the same drivetrain. Driving the system is a 2.5L 2AR-FXE four-cylinder Running on the Atkinson cycle, the puts out 156 HP and 153 lb-ft of twist.

engine is coupled to a revised Hybrid Drive transaxle as Toyota Synergy Drive in products), in essence a beefier hybrid system. The planetary and two motor/generator combination allow the to drive electric only for distances at limited speeds, the vehicle solely on engine or combine the 156HP with juice from the battery in the trunk to deliver 200 ponies the battery has been depleted. doesn t specify a combined rating for the ES Hybrid, but based on the scoot to 60 we clocked, I estimate the number is around 200-220

That run to 60 is a hair faster the MKZ and about 1/2 a second better the LaCrosse eAssist.

Performance is than these numbers indicate thanks to 199 lb-ft 0-1500RPM courtesy of the hybrid Lexus is sticking to nickel batteries and not the trendier Lithium found in the Lincoln. Despite the ES averaged an impressive 42 MPG over 780 of mixed driving.

While may sound worse than the MKZ s trifecta, nobody seems to be more than 39 in the Detroit Meanwhile the ES bested it s 2008 EPA of 40/39/40 (City/Highway/Combined.)

There is no other front-wheel-drive with a luxury logo on the to compare to the ES 300h. Sure we the eAssist Buick LaCrosse and the MKZ, but aside from the MKZ a size-class down and the LaCrosse not a true hybrid (its not sold as such), neither has the same cachet as Lexus. what I said at the beginning?

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The ES s selling point is its brand. If BMW a large, soft front you can be sure its sales would the ES. What does that to do with the way the ES hybrid drives?

You see, the way the ES handles, brakes and isn t as important to the stereotypical driver as the way the car the logo on the grille, how quiet it is, how it is and hoe well the dealers treat When it comes to these the ES 300h is the prefect driving

The ES s cabin is still peaceful at speeds but Buick s dedication to deadening is extreme and the LaCrosse is under most circumstances in terms of engine noise. the three FWD luxury hybrids all use engines, sound deadening is Despite growing in this the ES ride isn t as thoroughly damped as the model, that s thanks to efforts to make the ES handle like a marshmallow.

The suspension s efforts paid off with the ES neither too floaty nor too harsh. The our tester wore had more than I had expected and the ES hybrid t head for the bushes when hard. When the road winding the ES never felt or out-of-place maintaining its Lexus poise over broken and uneven turns.

When it comes to absolute grip the ES comes in behind the mostly due to the wide 245/40R17s by the LaCrosse and the 225/50R17s on the MKZ Hybrid.

the overall experience is what the ES is it s about dealership satisfaction, a purchasing experience and a long The competition has caught up here as with the MKZ Hybrid and LaCrosse delivering the same bumper-to-bumper and warranty terms and Lincoln is now in 4 years and 50,000 miles of maintenance. The ES 300h s trump remain the same as before: s brand image and their reputation. There s just one problem: the 2013 Avalon

The Avalon Hybrid Limited higher than the ES 300h at but ends far lower at $44,145 having an incredibly similar set. Our friends over at tell us the price difference up at $4,476 for comparably equipped Is the Lexus brand, a longer and a snazzy dealership worth the

Excellent fuel economy.

four-year payback vs the non-hybrid ES.

warranty, reliability reputation and all-important brand image.

Remote Touch is harder to use the old touchscreen system.

Plenty of plastics within easy

The Avalon hybrid is a better

Lexus provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

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