Monthly Archives: February 2013

2013 Lexus ES300h Drive Review

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Redesigning a brand’s second-best-selling product is a serious task, but that’s what Lexus tackled when it put its ES sedan through a refresh for 2013. However, Lexus didn’t just stop with the normal ES350; it went a step further, adding the new ES300h hybrid.

Under the hood of the new ES300h is a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine connected to two electric motors that add extra power when needed — the system can even run in electric-only mode at slow speeds. The combined system produces 200 hp, and is paired with a continuously variable transmission for better fuel efficiency.

The rest of the ES300h is nearly identical to the gas-only V6 ES350. On the outside, there are the typical Lexus design cues, combined with aerodynamic touches that help create the sedan’s good looks. Inside, there are all the luxury features one would expect including leather, wood trim, heated and cooled front seats, tons of rear legroom and even rear sunshades.

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2013 Lexus Voice Command Navigation

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This video shows you how to use Voice Command to find a destination, use Destination Assist to find a destination, and place hands-free calls. This video applies to 2013 models equipped with navigation, except GX. ES with remote touch controller is shown, IS and LX with touch screen operate similarly.


Lexus at the Detroit Auto Show

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Lexus’s new display-area design at the Detroit auto show is a spectacular show of lights and premium automobiles. Lexus wishes you could join us in person, but here’s the next best thing: a few shots from the ground.

The 2014 Lexus IS, revealed last week, is the centerpiece. Completely redesigned, the vehicle has an LFA-inspired cockpit, as well as the first Lexus transmission equipped with G force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI). This system maintains the current gear through a corner, preventing a shift that would upset the balance of the car through the corner.

In other areas, the display’s “mediascape” walls surround select Lexus vehicles, and LED floor panels glow different colors to highlight performance models like the LFA Nürburgring edition and Lexus F SPORT.