Combining hybrid-powertrain efficiency, sharp styling, and a reputation for steadfast reliability, the ES 300h is an excellent reminder of how Lexus has remained a leader in the luxury hybrid category. Drivers can enjoy energetic acceleration while still achieving an EPA-estimated 40-mpg average, thanks to the ES 300h’s battery/gasoline propulsion system.
What's New for 2017
Little has changed on the ES 300h. A “Back” button has been added to the Remote Touch Interface controller, and Lexus Display Audio has added a Scout GPS link. The Lexus Safety System+ is now standard, including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, and “intelligent” high-beam headlights.
Choosing Your Lexus ES 300h
With only one trim level to choose from, selecting an ES 300h is about determining which package of options best fits your needs.
The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, generating 200 total system horsepower. With its continuously variable transmission (CVT) the ES 300h delivers an EPA fuel rating of 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
One feature that makes an ES 300h more enjoyable to drive than a typical hybrid is the ability to choose from four 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, automatic climate control, a moonroof, and a 4.2-inch information display. Also standard are power front seats, LED headlights and taillights, a rearview camera, SmartAccess, heated mirrors with memory, and 17-inch alloy wheels. An eight-speaker sound system with CD player, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, and SiriusXM satellite radio also is included. Pricing begins at $42,975 (destination included).
- For an additional $730, the Premium Package adds genuine wood accents, programmable personalized electronic settings, remote keyless entry, and a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
- The Luxury Package costs $1,670 and starts with everything in the Premium Package. It also includes an embossed-pattern perforated leather-trimmed interior, heated/ventilated front seats, and a wood-trimmed console.
- Paying an additional $3,500 brings 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 power-extended driver’s seat cushion, memory settings for both driver and passenger seats, and ambient interior lighting.
Two technology packages also are offered:
- 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 $2,590, 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.
Even if no option groups or additional-cost individual features are added, the base ES 300h comes quite well equipped. Making the Lexus Safety System+ standard turns the ES into an even greater value. We’d also add the optional blind-spot information system—and we'd certainly be tempted by the leather interior in the Luxury Package.