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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