In 1989, Lexus cruised onto the American luxury car scene with its flagship sedan, the LS400. Aimed directly at Germany’s BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the LS touted comfort and class never before seen from a Japanese automaker. The same year, Lexus introduced an underling model, the ES250. While these alphanumeric nameplates often carry little meaning, Lexus put great emphasis on its “Elegant Sedan” as a distinctive ownership experience.
Six generations and more than a million units later, the ES has played a pivotal role in Lexus’ acclaim among luxury buyers. Still, Lexus can’t rest easy. The 2019 model ES faces stiffer competition than ever before, both in the midsize luxury sedan sector and, increasingly, from premium SUVs. A bold new look, tighter handling and a more efficient hybrid drivetrain are strong selling points — provided the ES retains its renowned comfort.
Here are 10 things to know about the 2019 Lexus ES300h, due at dealerships this October.