2017 Lexus ES300h Hybrid

If nothing else, the Lexus ES can be admired for its consistency. Since it arrived for the 1990 model year, the ES has put a priority on quiet comfort above all else. Yes, it has adopted the brand’s aggressive spindle grille in recent years, but the rest of the package hasn’t yet been given over to Lexus’s push toward sportiness and performance—it’s one of the few models that does not offer an F Sport package, for instance.

The vast majority of ES sales are of the V-6–powered ES350 model. But we wonder why more customers don’t opt for the ES300h hybrid, which strikes us as the purest expression of ES virtue. After all, the V-6’s 268 horsepower makes for surprisingly brisk acceleration, which seems at odds with the car’s relaxed demeanor. The quieter, slower, and more efficient hybrid expresses the ES ethos to a T, slowing your pulse while simultaneously elevating your green cred with its lofty 40-mpg EPA ratings (more on those numbers later).

Secluded Sanctuary

The ES300h’s hybrid drivetrain hasn’t changed for several years—it continues to use a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four paired with two electric motors for a combined 200 horsepower. With it, the ES300h moseys from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, a full two seconds behind the ES350. Like most Toyota hybrid systems, the ES300h deftly and smoothly blends electric and gasoline power, and there’s adequate torque for more sedate driving. Most of the time, the car is so quiet that you’ll hardly be able to tell when the gasoline engine fires to assist the smooth and silent electric drive. Call up more urgent acceleration and the four-cylinder drones a bit, but it’s isolated well enough from the cabin that it never becomes bothersome.

Isolation was clearly a priority for the ES300h’s chassis engineers, too. The ES floats softly in a manner that’s not even found in Buicks anymore. Light, heavily boosted steering combines with ample body roll to make for a ponderous sedan that resists enthusiastic driving. The brakes sap even more confidence from the experience. Although the car’s 172-foot stop from 70 mph is adequate, the pedal feel is unpredictable and unnatural as the car modulates the transition from regenerative to friction braking, something many hybrids still struggle with.

If the ES300h’s lackluster body control and less-than-energetic hybrid powertrain aren’t enough to convince you to slow down, the cushy and plush interior makes the message crystal clear. Wide, flat front seats are comfy but lack lateral support. The large wood-and-leather steering wheel is lazy in its motions. At the same time, Lexus’s usual impeccable fit and finish qualities are on full display here, and the knobs and buttons twirl and push with nice weighting and precise action. The standard man-made NuLuxe leather upholstery is soft enough to make us question spending extra for real hides, and the rear seat boasts expansive leg- and headroom.

The only source of frustration is the Remote Touch interface that controls the large central display screen. Operating the finicky mouselike controller diverts far too much attention from the road. At least there are voice commands and volume and tuning knobs that allow you to avoid the clunky system for some functions.

Numbers Game

Our test ES300h included a fair number of options that drove its price perilously close to $50,000. Partially to blame is the nearly $3000 premium that Lexus charges for the hybrid model compared with the ES350. That makes the gas-electric ES a tough sell when you consider its fuel economy.

Although the EPA rates the Lexus at a lofty 40 mpg combined, we fell far short of that and averaged 26 mpg overall, just 1 mpg better than the last ES350 we tested. Better numbers surely are possible with a lighter foot, as proved by the ES300h’s 37-mpg result in our 75-mph highway test (just 2 mpg shy of its 39-mpg EPA rating). That’s still 4 mpg less than a conventionally powered BMW 330i’s impressive 41-mpg result in the same test. This hybrid’s purported advantages are eroding as competitors’ nonhybrid drivetrains improve.

Perhaps Lexus could sell more ES300h models if it took a page from the Lincoln MKZ’s book and priced the hybrid at the same level as its conventional gasoline counterpart. The upcharge reads a little like paying more for less, even if the hybrid is perfectly quiet, comfortable, and serene, just as a Lexus ES should be.



EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 25
Cruising Range – City : mi 350.20
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 20
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 515.00
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A
Battery Range : mi N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 20.6
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume : ft³ 18.2


Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 14.7
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 14.5
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 8.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A


Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code : 2TB
Trans Type : 8
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 5.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.20
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 2.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.72
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.31
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 3.48
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 2.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.82
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.64


EPA Classification : Large Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 5
Passenger Volume : ft³ N/A
Front Head Room : in 39.9
Front Leg Room : in 41.4
Front Shoulder Room : in 59.2
Front Hip Room : in N/A
Second Head Room : in 38.9
Second Leg Room : in 44.4
Second Shoulder Room : in 57.7
Second Hip Room : in N/A

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 4502


Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs N/A


Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Displacement : 4.4 L/268
Fuel System : Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 445 @ 5500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 480 @ 1800


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 250

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A


Suspension Type – Front : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear : Multi-Link
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A


Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P245/45VR19
Rear Tire Size : P245/45VR19
Spare Tire Size :


Front Wheel Size : in 19 X 8.5
Rear Wheel Size : in 19 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size : in
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material :


Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 42
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 126.4
Length, Overall : in 206.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 74.8
Height, Overall : in 58.2
Track Width, Front : in 63.9
Track Width, Rear : in 65
Min Ground Clearance : in N/A
Liftover Height : in N/A



Engine: 4.4L 32V Twin Turbocharged V8
Transmission: Sport Automatic
Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Rear-Wheel Drive
2.81 Axle Ratio
Engine Oil Cooler
90-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
Regenerative 250 Amp Alternator
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
20.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Air Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Air Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Cell Phone Pre-Wiring


Wheels: 19″ x 8.5″ Light Alloy Dbl-Spoke (Style 630)
Tires: P245/45R19 Run-Flat AS
Wheels w/Silver Accents
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
Fixed Glass 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
Chrome Bodyside Insert
Chrome Side Windows Trim
Chrome Door Handles
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming and Power Folding
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster and Power Blind
Light Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Chrome Grille
Power Open And Close Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Front And Rear Fog Lamps
Cornering Lights
Perimeter/Approach Lights
LED Brakelights
Door Auto-Latch


Radio: AM/FM/HD w/In-Dash Single CD
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Compatible Remote CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, Weatherband, External Memory Control and 20 Gb Internal Memory
16 Speakers
Regular Amplifier
Graphic Equalizer
Audio Theft Deterrent
Digital Signal Processor
Wireless Streaming
Window Grid Diversity Antenna
Radio Control US
SiriusXM Satellite Radio -inc: 1 year All Access subscription
harman/kardon Surround Sound System
Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
Real-Time Traffic Display


Multi-Contour Seats
Front Seats w/Leather Back Material and Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
Heated Front Seats
18-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Seatback Side Bolster Support, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt, Articulating Upper Backrest and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
18-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Seatback Side Bolster Support, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Extension, Cushion Tilt, Articulating Upper Backrest and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
Voice Recorder
BMW Online Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
Sport Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Front And Rear Cigar Lighter(s)
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Interior Lock Disable
Valet Function
Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access
Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning
Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation, Auxiliary Rear Heater, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum/Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum/Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Aluminum/Genuine Wood Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leather Door Trim Insert
Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Nappa Leather Upholstery
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination and Illuminated Rear Visor Mirror
Full Floor Console w/Locking Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
Memory Settings -inc: Driver And Passenger Seats, Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel and Head Restraints
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
Tracker System
Smart Device Integration
Navigation System
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Head-Up Display
Redundant Digital Speedometer
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Digital/Analog Display
Power Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
4 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration


DSC III Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
Park Distance Control Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Active Protection Forward Collision
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
First Aid Kit
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera

“2017 Lexus ES – Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money”.


From premium finishes to luxurious seating, the Ultra Luxury Package delivers the ultimate level of comfort.
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