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2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Review

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ZTSG 05/07/2022 Sedan 97
The 2013 Lexus ES can be traced back to the sixth generation. It is the vehicle that helped Lexus get on the map. This seventh-generation model from 2013 has been modified to have a slightly larger ex...

The 2013 Lexus ES can be traced back to the sixth generation. It is the vehicle that helped Lexus get on the map. This seventh-generation model from 2013 has been modified to have a slightly larger exterior and a more spacious interior. Lexus ES is equipped with a hybrid version for the first time. This week we will test the 2013 ES 300h Hybrid sedan to see how the new hybrid technology can improve fuel efficiency. Hybrid technology has made progress, and Toyota is the leading automaker in the development of gas-electric power systems.2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Review

New ES gets increased rear legroom

Improved handling and performance

Toyota’s hybrid technology leads the industry

Conclusion2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Review

New ES gets increased rear legroom

Upon entering the new 2013 ES 300h, we notice that the back seat is bigger than the previous generation where legroom has increased by four inches leaving enough space for a 2013 ES to easily carry four adult individuals. Up front, the Lexus hybrid is an inviting place to spend time and get away from the noisy outside world. Lexus has always been known for its comfort and features, and this ES 300h hybrid is no different. This seventh-generation model comes with all the comforts and luxury you would expect from Lexus and doesn’t do anything too daring to mess it up.

This 2013 hybrid ES 300h ($38,850) tester came with the optional Navigation package ($2,625) that included goodies like an eight-inch backup camera, destination assist, eDestination, Lexus insider, Voice Command, HD Radio, Sirius XM, NavWeather, and Sirius Stocks and Sports. Standard features include push button start/stop, heated outside mirrors, power/tilt moonroof, premium sound system, Sirius Radio, Bluetooth and duel climate controls.

The Ultra Luxury package ($2,435) upgrades to leather seating, Bamboo wood trim, driver memory system, and power tilt/telescope steering wheel. It also includes rain-sensing wipers, heated wood steering wheel, passenger seat memory, driver’s seat cushion extender, ambient lighting, manual rear-door sunshades, and power trunk lid. Outside the 300h gets a rear spoiler, deeper rear valance, badging, and slightly different instrumentation inside.2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Review

Improved handling and performance

Behind the wheel, the ES 300h hybrid is a better performer and is much more enjoyable to drive than the previous generation. The 2013 ES has been revised with a new suspension and steering that helps make it more of a drivers car. But it still uses front-wheel-drive and the new rear-drive Lexus GS is the better choice for those looking for sporty handling.

The 2013 Lexus ES300h hybrid gets its power from a 156-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motors, 245-volt NiMH battery pack and a continuously variable automatic transmission for 200 total system horsepower. It is equipped much like an ES350 but adds a vehicle proximity notification system (for public awareness when running on electric only). The ES 300h gets an EPA rating of 40/39 mpg city/highway fuel mileage.

Toyota’s hybrid technology leads the industry2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Review

Toyota is the leader in hybrid technology and we could tell in the week of driving, the Lexus ES 300h transitions between gasoline and electric power almost seamlessly. In stop-and-go traffic on I-25 in Denver, the hybrid ran in electric-only mode at gentle rates to 25 mph. And the gas-electric technology felt quick upon acceleration up to 70 mph. The biggest difference in the hybrid over the standard ES is the brake pedal is touchier because it triggers regeneration to charge the battery.

Conclusion

The 2013 Lexus ES has been redesigned and received a new hybrid model, which provides good fuel economy according to driving style. The internal space has been improved, providing a quiet place away from the outside world, and using exquisite materials. The new ES provides a reassuring ride experience and improves the handling of outgoing models. The only disadvantage of hybrid vehicles is the high price, the luggage space is reduced by 20%, and no long items can pass through. But for anyone who needs a four- or five-seater car with good fuel efficiency, a hybrid is a compelling argument.