As the Lexus ES approaches its 25th anniversary, a hybrid variant joins the midsize lineup. With the exception of its engine, the ES 300h is a twin to the conventionally-powered ES 350.
It features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matched with two electric motors and a continuously variable transmission. The power plant produces 200 horsepower and excellent fuel economy of 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
Like other hybrids geared to fuel economy, however, the ES 300h doesn't boast exceptional speed: A standard 0 to 60 mph dash takes 8.1 seconds.