Consumer Reviews Summary
33 of 35 (94%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Lexus ES 300h Overview
The new 2013 Lexus ES 300h is the latest, fuel efficient incarnation of the ES-series of luxury sedans joining the gas only ES 350.
The ES-series gets its first redesign since 2007 and the new styling/features carry over to the new ES 300h as well. The dated, stuffy design of last year’s model makes way for a smoother, more modern aesthetic that gives the ES 300h greater visual appeal. It’s not particularly striking or revolutionary; the spindle grilled has been slowly making its way across the Lexus lineup for the last couple years. But the new look is well-proportioned, spacious, and pleasant. Automatic projector beam headlamps, UV reducing glass, a powered moon-roof, and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. The exterior options list is quite extensive and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, a panorama sunroof, and a power-operated trunk lid.
Big changes also come to the interior of the 2013 ES 300h, offering upgraded materials and new styling to go along with impeccable Lexus fit and finish. Standard interior features include power-adjustable leatherette seats, an LCD multi-info display, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone automatic climate control, and an auto dimming rear-view mirror. The options list is off the charts and loaded with both comfort and technology features, including a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, premium Lexus sound system, navigation system, parking assist, Lexus’ Enform infotainment suite, and heated/ventilated perforated leather seats.
If there’s one thing Toyota does well, it is hybrid technology and the ES 300h is no exception. It features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor which produce a combined 200-horsepower through a two-speed CVT. Fuel economy estimates check in at 39/40 mpg city/highway, beating the gasoline-only ES 350 by 16 combined mpg.
Standard safety features include ten airbags, traction/stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, high rigidity body construction, and side-impact door beams. The 2013 ES 300h also offers some of the latest safety technology, including rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure assist, and a pre-collision system that can automatically respond to an obstacle as options. The ES 300h received a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The hybrid model has not yet been crash tested by the IIHS, but the ES 350 got a Top Safety Pick award so expect similar performance from the hybrid.