After six generations, the ES sedan from Lexus is still going strong for 2014, taking a backseat only to the RX in overall Lexus sales. The hybrid 300h offers luxury and decent handling plus 40 mpg.
Though aggressively styled, the ES doesn't stray too far from the formula most buyers find appealing, and its user-friendly interfaces are a welcome relief from overly complex touch screens and button-littered dashboards.
Choosing Your Lexus ES 300h
Like all ES models, the hybrid 300h comes only in front-wheel drive and has a long list of standard luxury equipment. The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a battery-powered electric motor to create a total of 200 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. The sole gearbox is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and fuel economy is rated at 40 mpg city and 30 mpg highway—better ratings than many conventional subcompacts
Few ES 330h models will leave the dealer's lot without a few packages, such as:
- Premium: The basic Premium package adds bamboo trim, a power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, plus a memory system for driver settings linked to remote keyless entry.
- Luxury: The Luxury package adds perforated leather upholstery and front seats that are heated and ventilated.
- Ultra Luxury: With the Ultra Luxury package, buyers also get semi-aniline leather upholstery, a power cushion extender for the driver's seat, ambient interior lighting, and a power rear sunshade.
- Lexus Display Audio/Backup Camera: This package includes a 7-inch display screen, a backup camera, a center-console controller, an eight-speaker premium sound system and an HD radio.
- Navigation/Premium Audio: It's a pricey package, but it comes with navigation, voice command, an 8-inch display, Surround Sound, a wide-view backup camera, and other amenities like enhanced Bluetooth technology.
The Lexus ES 300h is well-priced to start with, and has terrific resale value, so we can recommend one that's well-equipped with the Luxury and Navigation/Premium Audio packages.