The Lexus ES has been the go-to entry-level luxury sedan for many car buyers since its introduction in 1989. Over the course of the previous five generations of the ES, Lexus has found many ready and willing customers who used the ES as a gateway into the automaker's world. Times have changed, however, and it seems more and more car shoppers look for hybrid variants of their favorite vehicles. The Lexus ES offered no such model... until now.
Completely updated for its sixth generation, the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is the gas-electric sedan that entry-level Lexus customers are looking for. This is the first-ever green-tinted ES to grace the family lineup, and it's come along at the perfect time. Lexus designers have updated the exterior lines of the ES so that they flow far more cleanly, while also adding in that slight hint of aggression that's found its way into the rest of the family. Up front, LED daytime running lights provide a bright first impression while the rear of the ES 300h is crisp and clean thanks to the hidden exhaust.
Inside, the ES 300h gets a shot of modern design. This is a welcome replacement over the outgoing model, which had a cabin space that could only be described as simple, if we're being kind, and boring, if we're being honest. The refreshed interior space of the ES 300h boasts comfortable seating both front and rear, and the inclusion of the second-generation Remote Touch Interface that provides easy control over the infotainment settings.
The real story, however, lies under the hood. Lexus has fitted the ES 300h with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that teams up with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. This duo is capable of churning out an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway.