Thoughts on the 2013 Lexus ES300h

If I was in the market for a new car, I would be taking a very close look at the 2013 Lexus ES300h.  I was able to take the car on a quick test drive a few weeks ago.  The local Lexus dealer had only 1 in stock and it was the base model with a few options.  Here are my thoughts on the 2013 Lexus ES300h.

Interior
The interior was cleanly laid out and the materials were simple luxury.  I didn’t particularly like the NuLuxe leather seating.  It was much cheaper feeling than other leatherette interiors I’ve seen.  The seating surfaces seemed too plush and it almost felt like the seating surface seemed “thin”.  In comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a suede center section along the seating in their leather package, which I don’t like even more.

Lexus ES300h Interior
The Lexus ES300h Interior with wood trimmed steering wheel and accents.

Drive
The Lexus ES300h drives and handles much like it’s sister, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, with the same transmission, engine and hybrid system.  Acceleration was quick enough and the coasting seemed to match what my experience with the Toyota Prius is.  I did note that there is a very musical type of tone when the electrical motor is trying to regenerate power during braking and coasting.

Exterior Styling
Although the Lexus ES300h and the Toyota Camry share platforms, the exterior styling of the Lexus is more sportier.  The shape of the vehicle is very similar to the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and others.

Final Thoughts
With the Toyota Camry offering similar features at a much lower price, it’s hard to justify the 2013 Lexus ES300h.  The next option in line would be the 2013 Lexus GS450h, but the MPG rating of 34 (which means you’ll achieve some where around 29 MPG in real life) is a bit low.  In the end, I’m not ready to part with my reliable 2007 Toyota Prius.

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