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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Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS
Imagine a vehicle with award-winning design and a groundbreaking, eco-conscious powertrain that’s equally sophisticated when it comes to safety features, and you may just envision the all-new 2018 Lexus LS.

Marking the fifth generation of Lexus’s flagship sedan, the LS 500 and hybrid LS 500h will hit our showroom later this year. If you’re in Los Angeles and want to be among the first to own one, get in touch today. In the meantime, here’s our sneak peek of the all-new Lexus LS:

Design

Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the 2018 LS is modern and innovative yet classic inside and out. Its profile is longer and lower than past models, and it’s the first Lexus sedan to feature six side windows as well as flush-surface windows that integrate seamlessly with the body. Its outer-slide moonroof leaves plenty of headroom despite the lowered stance, letting you enjoy the L.A. weather from the comfort of the beautiful cabin.

It also features the classic Lexus spindle grille, with a new mesh design that gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the front end. You’ll also have the choice between five wheel designs, including a 20-inch electroplated version with a hollow rim to reduce road noise.

The LS has a luxe cabin with hand-pleated leather detailing in the door panels and hand-crafted Kiriko glass ornamentation. It was so well-received at the Detroit Auto Show this year that it won the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellent – Interior Design.

“I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga in a press release.

Powertrain

The all-new LS 500 is powered by a specially designed 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that gives you both power and fuel economy. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making the LS the first vehicle in its class to feature such an advanced dynamic control system. The new generation bests the previous generation’s V8, making 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to a twin turbo developed with Lexus’s F1 technology. The elegant sedan goes from zero to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

The LS 500h was built with the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, combining a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The system makes a net 354 horsepower and gets you from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

Safety

The all-new LS will feature the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models. The suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The 2018 sedan also comes available with the Advanced Safety Package, which includes the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering, as well as color Heads-Up Display.