The Lexus ES 300h luxury hybrid

The Lexus ES 300h luxury hybrid

Among luxury brands, only Lexus offers five hybrid models, including our press vehicle of the week: the 2015 ES 300h.

Perhaps the only thing more alluring than the coupe-like profile of the Lexus ES 300h is its EPA fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 40 mpg combined.

Additionally, the ES 300h stands out with its design — highlighted by the Lexus spindle grille. The sweeping roofline is one reason the ES 300h achieves a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd), which helps reduce fuel consumption and minimize wind noise. Furthermore, the ES 300h does not shout its hybrid status but rather conveys it with elegant subtlety. Exclusive design features include specific split-five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, a lip spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges.

Like the gasoline ES 350 model, the ES 300h belies the “entry luxury” label with such standard features as automatic climate control and NuLuxe perforated interior available in parchment, light gray or black. Elegant piano-black trim adorns the instrument panel, doors and upper console, and the ES 350 also offers espresso bird’s eye maple or bamboo trim.

Lexus offers additional luxury tiers in the ES 300h via the Premium and Luxury packages, with the Ultra Luxury Package delivering flagship-style amenities.

With its quiet cabin, the ES 300h presents listening room for the standard eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, which includes an integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver with an all-access 90-day trial subscription. (A 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system is available, as well.)


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