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2013 Lexus ES 300h

Cool Hybrid Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a 2013 Lexus ES 300h

In short: A luxurious and intelligent hybrid sedan.

Lexus ES 300h Review

Utilizing a low friction, integrated hybrid electric motor that generates 200 total system horsepower, the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is the first in the Japanese automaker's long-running ES series to feature the forward-thinking Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Powered by an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4 and supplemented by a high-output permanent magnet electric-drive motor, the ES 300h achieves 39 mpg combined, and can even run solely on battery power for short distances using the vehicle's EV mode. Luxurious interior options like HDD navigation and the Lexus Enform infotainment system with app suite are carried over from the gas-powered ES; however, eco-chic features such as a hybrid power monitor and available bamboo trim remain unique to the 300h.

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Warranty/Service: four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; six-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid/battery warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $38,850 / As Tested: $47,944

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hybrid sedan

Engine: 2.5-liter V6 inline 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine
Horsepower: 200 hp
Torque: 156 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm (engine alone)
Transmission: electronically controlled continuously variable transmission

Curb weight:
3,660 lbs
Wheelbase: 111 in
Length/Width/Height: 192.7/71.1/57.1 in
Turning circle: 36.8 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; dual-link MacPherson strut rear

Traction: vehicle stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
Top Speed: 112 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
40 mpg
EPA Highway: 39 mpg

driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags; front and rear seat-mounted side impact airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags

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