At this moment there is a decent number of Lexus hybrids for drivers to choose. Among those we are getting 2014 Lexus ES 300h that comes with pretty good performances while manages to significantly lower the fuel consumption. Compared to HS 250h this one offers improved interior, lower drivetrain noise and more space. There is no doubt that this is a much better vehicle and it should have been delivered few years ago.
With a standout EPA score of 40 mpg city, 39 freeway, in addition to large-sedan proportions inside– with a couple of additional inches of wheelbase and more rear legroom than the Camry on which it’s based– the ES 300h not just makes a strong argument versus the ES 350 however against various other luxury hybrids, such as the outbound 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, the Blend Hybrid, or the Camry Hybrid itself.
2014 Lexus ES 300h Review
We drove the brand-new ES 350 back to back with the 2014 Lexus ES 300h, and there’s truly no penalty below, in comfort or features, for thinking green.
Sure, the 2014 Lexus ES 300h isn’t really quite as quick as the V-6 ES 350; but with its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and familiar Hybrid Synergy Drive parts, the ES hybrid moves with confidence and efficiently, with the most smooth changes yet between electricity mode and gasoline-electric modes.
And just as in other recent hybrid models, there are separate Eco and Power drive modes, as well as an EV mode that lets you go a short distance without the gasoline engine beginning.
Based on our rather short drive of the 2014 Lexus ES 300h, we also like what we see– specifically inside, where Lexus has taken on a better-looking version of the same horizontally oriented interior theme used in the new GS sport sedans. With the corners pushed outward (rather of making the dash contour into the doors), the design assists maximize space.
In back, with the extra legroom, the ES now fits three adults. Driving characteristics are better, too, and brand-new rear suspension geometry in addition to a quicker steering ratio and firmer but still very compliant ride quality all go to make the ES sedans comfortable but confident enough for all but the enthusiast crowd.
Price Of ES 300h
The ES 300h rather much makes the HS250h redundant, with its better interior area, superior refinement, and even better mileage. So we think it’s no coincidence that Lexus has confirmed the HS 250h’s discontinuation mere weeks before 2014 Lexus ES 300h models begin to reach car dealerships.
Better late than never, Lexus finally has a high-mileage hybrid that will truly capture its own repeat buyers. The ES 300h is so smooth, so refined that we can see current ES 350 owners trading in their models for the hybrid– as well as those with a Prius in the household opting for an ES this time.
More information, including pricing, specs, and feature information, will be delivered when the 2014 Lexus ES lineup goes official. And we’ll upgrade you with a more extensive set of driving impressions (and fuel economy observations) on the 2014 Lexus ES 300h as quickly as we have one for a couple of days.