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.
What's New for 2014
After a complete 2013 redesign, the ES 300h receives only a few changes for 2014. LED fog lights replace the old fashioned bulb lamps, and heated and cooled seats can now be ordered with Lexus' faux-leather NuLuxe perforated seat trim. Apple's Siri Eyes Free technology is added to the equipment roster.
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:
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.