2013 Lexus ES350 and ES300h: Drive review – Autoweek

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2013 Lexus ES350 and Drive review

Badges on the and sides of the 2013 ES300h its hybrid drive system by Lexus.

A lengthened wheelbase the 2013 ES300h with a interior than its predecessors by Lexus.

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If you think the prospect of a flagship is daunting, consider the of redesigning your company’s product. The halo may be missing, but profitability and the jobs of thousands on your shoulders.

That faced chief engineer Asahi as he began the process of the Lexus ES. the brand’s entry-luxury sedan and its best seller the Lexus RX crossover. His first was to embark upon a 4,000-mile in the current ES to determine what and what didn’t.

A lot of what he found on the fifth-generation ES worked, because the new sixth-generation ES is an design, at least in straight form. The 2013 ES350 be good enough to make of Lexus faithful open wallets and happily enjoy years and 36,000 miles of luxurious, event-free motoring trading up to a future mid-cycle-refreshed ES. At that’s Lexus’ plan, and it the company just fine.

is it like to drive?

Given the ES350 drives like a powerful FWD entry-luxury sedan#8212;it’s to the point of blandness, perfectly at any speeds the average Lexus is likely to explore, quiet and comfortable#8212;driving impressions are mostly one would expect. The car’s V6 is essentially carryover from with the same 268 hp and 248 ft-lb of though powertrain and aero bump combined fuel to 24 mpg, up from 22 mpg.

The bigger news for 2013 is the ES hybrid. In almost all aspects of its the new ES300h is nearly identical to its sister, but it gets power a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 with assist. The combination is expected to 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, with a 39 mpg#8212;remarkable for the amount of space and the of luxury Lexus packed the car.

The economy is not the only feature: We’ve long had a relationship with hybrid but the ES300h could be the car that makes a hybrid powertrain aspirational#8212;in the luxury-car class. it’s that good, managing to deliver on the overpromised, hybrid-marketing buzzword #8220;seamless.#8221;

The ES hybrid gives the driver assist exactly when needed and transitions between as unobtrusively as anything we’ve driven. The four-cylinder engine is still present, but when from moderate speeds, the is actually more satisfying the gasoline ES350 thanks to a of torque from the electric at the point where a nonboosted would be downshifting.

But what luxury, the car’s raison The prerequisites are all accounted for: quiet cabin, acres of legroom (4.1 inches than in the 2012 ES), sunshades and wood trim on the doors and steering wheel. In to the seats, the dash gets too, and all of the stitching is first-rate.

The overall cabin motif is restrained to the point of sterility.

leather-and-wood dash gets horizontally into zones: The zone#8221; runs along the while the #8220;operation zone#8221; the middle real estate. so equipped get the company’s Remote interface, a mouselike knob becomes #8220;sticky#8221; when the is moved over selected on the display. For those accustomed to controllers, the interface feels odd at but it has been dramatically improved the first-generation system.

The 2013 ES300h becomes the brand’s ES hybrid.

Do I want one?

The enthusiast is likely to examine the 2013 ES and decide that it doesn’t enough driving engagement. similarly sized choices are in the same price range, and within the Lexus family, the GS is a much better driver’s However, as transport for that significant other or for the next-door looking to upgrade from a Avalon. the ES has much to recommend it.

In its form, the ES might even be a product. As Lexus group president Mark Templin #8220;Our research showed the was a game changer for people who may not considered an ES or a Lexus before.#8221;

Lexus ES350

the rise in popularity of green-leaning among well-to-do buyers, we Lexus is on to something.

ON SALE: Early August


DRIVETRAIN: 3.5-liter, 248-lb-ft V6; FWD, six-speed

CURB WEIGHT: 3,549 lb

MPH: 7.1 sec

ON SALE: Early


DRIVETRAIN: 156-hp, 156-lb-ft I4; FWD, continuously variable transmission two electric motors (200 system horsepower)

FUEL (EPA): 39 mpg (est)

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