The Lexus ES 300h is a hybrid car that’s based on the underpinnings of the Lexus ES 350 sedan. This front-wheel drive model seats five and was introduced for the 2013 model year.
Lexus ES Hybrid Overview
The Lexus ES is one of two models that inaugurated Toyota’s luxury brand in 1990. Coinciding with the sixth-generation sedan’s 2013 release, a first-ever ES Hybrid was added.
The ES 300h shares much with the ES 350, but there are some small differences, notably in the badging. From the front, the sedan is marked by a striking fascia that’s dominated by a 13-slat spindle grille. On either side are wraparound headlamp assemblies with signature L-shaped LED lights.
A slightly rising beltline and a long flowing roofline provide a sporty, yet elegant look that’s complemented by upper character lines, body sculpting and alloy wheels.
Inside, the ES 300h offers generous room for five with bucket seats up front and a plush bench seat in the rear. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth and a USB port. Premium leatherette upholstery provides the look and feel of leather.
Although the ES 300h is a mono-spec model, several package options are offered, bringing in leather seats, wood trim and heated and ventilated seats. Navigation, audio system upgrades and safety packages are also available.
The ES Hybrid’s trunk is small when compared with that of the ES 350. Lexus located the hybrid battery pack behind the rear seat, retaining back seat legroom, while reducing trunk storage capacity.
In 2014, Lexus made Xenon headlamps standard. Ventilated front seats became an option and Siri Eyes Free compatibility became available.
Beginning in 2015, Lexus upgraded the upholstery quality and made a touch-screen audio system standard. An app suite upgrade was also rolled out.
For 2016, the Lexus ES 300h received a mild update that includes a new grille and other tweaks to the front and rear fascia. New sound deadening materials make the cabin quieter than ever, and an available safety package improved the pre-collision system.
All ES 300h models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. This combination allows the ES 300h to run solely on electric power at very low speeds. When the gas engine and electric motor are both active, this sedan delivers an even 200 horsepower. Lexus utilizes a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to send power to the front wheels.
There are few true competitors to the Lexus ES 300h. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the lone direct competitor. People with hybrids in mind might also consider the Ford Fusion Hybrid, as well as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid.