Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h
Few automakers can match Lexus when it comes to comfort and safety on the road, which is why it’s a favorite among Los Angeles drivers. Plus, its Hybrid Drive system is unparalleled, adding extra incentive (literally) for those who want it all.

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h is exactly what your commute needs, so visit Longo Lexus to get behind the wheel. But first, read our full review for all the details:

Performance and Fuel Economy

This Lexus hybrid sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor, moderated by the Lexus Hybrid Drive that optimizes power from both sources during acceleration and braking. The powertrain makes a net 200 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h has an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the hybrid sedan has a fuel economy of up to 39 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. The 2018 ES 300h scored a 9 out of 10 in California’s DriveClean Greenhouse Gas Rating, so your purchase makes you eligible for tax incentives from the state. Your Longo Lexus dealer can fill you in on the details.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Lexus ES comes standard with perforated NuLuxe interior trim, a power moonroof, and dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode. It also features SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, voice command, 10-way power front seats, LED exterior lighting, and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

Individual options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and a power open/close trunk. Other available features include Remote Touch controls, Navigation System, Lexus Enform Destinations, a Mark Levinson sound system, and luxe interior accents. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features in the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury packages.

Safety and Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 ES with a backup camera, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. It’s also available with Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Angelenos were the first to embrace the hybrid car, and now we’re always looking to what’s next in eco-friendly technology. The first-gen hybrids just don’t cut it anymore for Los Angeles drivers, leading many to look elsewhere for a ride that can best the Prius.

Enter, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h, a luxury option that’s good for the planet, too. But how does it stack up against the 2017 Toyota Prius Four? Read on to find out:

Powertrain

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson cycle engine combined with an electric motor with nickel-metal hydride battery module. It utilizes the ground-breaking Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch between power sources, and a continuously variable automatic transmission for smooth transitions between gears.

The system makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Toyota Prius Four

All models of the 2017 Prius have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Prius’ system makes 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. While it lags behind the ES 300h significantly in speed and power, it makes some gains in fuel economy. The 2017 Prius Four gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway.

Features

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h has a standard panorama glass roof, Lexus Display Audio color multi-media display, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with smog filter, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models come with NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power trunk open/close, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps. You also have the option to add a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, Clari-fi technology and subwoofer.

Toyota Prius Four

The 2017 Prius Four has standard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, cruise control, integrated backup camera, Smart-Flow climate control, and Multi-Information Display. The Prius Four adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Prius Four’s cabin features SofTex-trimmed heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and available Entune Premium JBL Audio Safety Connect, and Color Head-Up Display.

Pricing

Lexus ES 300h

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Toyota Prius Four

Starting at $29,695 MSRP