Combining hybrid efficiency, sharp styling and a reputation for steadfast reliability, the ES 300h is an excellent reminder of how Lexus has remained leader in the luxury hybrid category. Drivers can enjoy aggressive acceleration while still achieving an EPA-estimated 40 mpg average thanks to the ES 300h’s hybrid powertrain.
What's New for 2016
Changes to the ES 300h this year are minor and focus primarily on refreshed interior and exterior design elements. LED headlights are now standard and work with a redesigned fascia to give the appearance of a wider stance. New exterior colors and interior finishes are now offered as well.
Choosing Your Lexus ES 300h
With only one trim level to choose from, selecting an ES 300h is about determining which package of options fits you best.
The base model starts with 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas powered engine with an electric motor that generates 200 horsepower. With its continuously variable transmission (CVT) the ES 300h delivers an EPA fuel rating of 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway. One of the features that makes it more fun than your typical hybrid is the ability to choose from four different driving modes. This gives you the ability to shift from efficiency-focused driving characteristics to a bit of performance demeanor with the push of a button.
Additional standard features include pushbutton start, dual-zone climate control, a moonroof and a 4.2-inch display. An eight-speaker sound system with in-dash CD player, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver is also included.
- For an additional $730 the Premium Package adds genuine wood accents, 10-way power adjustable front seats, programmable personalized electronic settings, remote keyless entry and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
- The Luxury Package adds $1,670 and starts with everything in the Premium Package. It also includes an embossed-stitch perforated leather trim interior, heated and ventilated front seats, and a wood-trimmed console.
- Adding $3,000 nets you the Ultra Luxury Package. This includes everything in both the Premium and Luxury Packages and adds a power rear sunshade with manual rear-door sunshades, a driver’s seat power cushion, programmable personalized electronic settings for both driver and passenger seats, and ambient interior lighting.
There is also a pair of tech packages:
- The Navigation Package can be added to any of the other packages for an additional $1,530. It includes a high-resolution color LCD display with a suite of compatible apps, voice activated navigation, remote touch navigation controller and in-dash DVD/CD player.
- Or for an additional $2,650, the Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio Package includes the entire Navigation Package plus the 15-speaker, 5.1-channel, 835-watt Mark Levinson audio system and an 8-inch high resolution LCD display.
Other options include the Lexus Safety System, which offers a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, steering assist, intelligent high-beam headlamps and more.
The base ES comes pretty well loaded, and many features are available as standalone additions. This makes it easy to add the features you want and remain under the $50,000 mark, a relative bargain for a luxury hybrid with strong resale value.