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2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Second Look

By Harvey Schwartz

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Beauty Right Done Small

The all-new 2013 Lexus ES350 is the six-generation of Lexus’ most popular luxury sedan and the new ES 300h with Lexus Hybrid Drive marks the first time the popular model benefits from the hybrid system.  It features the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design and enhanced handling.  It is sure to impress new and loyal Lexus ES consumers.

The ES 300h features a 2.5 liter, DOHC, all aluminum, in-line four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with variable valve timing on the intake (VVT-i).  This new, low friction engine utilizes a sophisticated power management system and high compression ratio (12.5:1) to increase its overall efficiency.  It is equipped with an electric water pump, electric rack & pinion power steering system and an integrated Lexus Hybrid Drive System comprising an electric motor/generator.  As a result the engine does not require any accessory belts thus helping to improve fuel economy and overall reliability.   The gasoline engine generates 156hp at 5,700rpm with 156lb.ft. of torque at 4,500rpm.  Combined with the Lexus Hybrid Drive total horsepower is bumped up to a total of 200hp.   With this gasoline/hybrid engine EPA mileage ratings are 40mpg/city and 39mpg/highway.  After more than 425 miles of city and highway driving, I received, according to the trip computer, 38.8 combined mpg.  That’s good news for a mid-size luxury sedan.

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Engine Done Small

This high-tech gasoline/hybrid engine is mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), turning the front wheels that provides enhanced driving performance, which I wasn’t expecting, including very smooth, imperceptible shifts.

Further enhancing the fun-to-drive experience is the Drive Mode Selector dial located on the left side of the center console.  Three modes are available-Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is best for everyday driving, Eco mode favors fuel economy, and Sport mode increase powertrain and steering responsiveness.  When in the Eco or Normal mode the left gauge features a hybrid power monitor and when you change to Sport mode, you’ll see a full tachometer.  It is a perfect way to see how well you are saving fuel in Eco or Normal mode, and the available and current RPMs in Sport mode.  There is also an EV button that allows short distance driving in all-electric drive from the hybrid battery pack.  The other button is to turn the traction control/vehicle stability control off/on.

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Beauty Side Done Small

I enjoyed the ride in any of the modes thanks to the fully independent suspension system.  Up front is a MacPherson strut setup, gas-charged shocks, an anti-roll bar and opposite-wound coil springs that help with straight-line stability at high speeds.  The revised rear suspension features dual-link MacPherson struts and an anti-roll bar to keep body lean to a minimum.  The new rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics further enhance ride comfort when traveling over poorly paved road surfaces.  Increasing …read more

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Report: Optimistic Lexus bumps US sales target higher

By Jonathon Ramsey

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Last year Lexus sold 244,166 cars in the US, slotting into third place in the luxury segment behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Earlier this year Lexus said its target was 260,000 units in the US (which would still put it behind BMW’s and Mercedes’ numbers from last year), but Automotive News reports that it has raised its upper outlook to 270,000 cars.

The half-year pace hasn’t been enough to make either number, but Lexus is gunning for a 15-percent gain in IS sales behind the arrival of the 2014 model, and this is also the first full year of sales of the new ES and LS. Lexus will most likely end the year in third place in the luxury segment behind BMW and Mercedes again, even if it does sell 270,000 units, but has said its prime directive is “good, steady growth.”

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Official: Lexus ES350 confirmed for Kentucky production starting in 2015

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Following Thursday’s report, Toyota has confirmed that production of the Lexus ES will move to its Georgetown, KY assembly plant starting in 2015. To accommodate the extra 50,000 units of capacity that the ES represents, Toyota will be investing $360 million in the plant and hiring 750 new workers.

In the previous report, sources stated that the state of Kentucky had offered Toyota as much as $146.5 million to move ES production to the Georgetown facility.

The press release, posted below, specifies that only the ES350 will be built in Kentucky, so it’s likely that the ES300h hybrid will continue to be built in Japan – where all ES models have been built since the car was introduced in 1989. Toyota’s Georgetown plant, which currently builds the Toyota Camry, will also be getting an expansion to its engine plant to produce more four-cylinder engines at a cost of $30 million and will create an additional 80 jobs.

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Report: Toyota offered $146.5 million to build Lexus ES in Kentucky

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Toyota posted a media advisory yesterday saying that Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota, and Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, would be making a production announcement tomorrow in New York City, and Automotive News reports that the automaker will be announcing a plan to domestically produce the Lexus ES. According to the report, numerous plants are competing to build the ES in North America, and the State of Kentucky has offered the automaker up to $146.5 million to build the luxury sedan at the Georgetown, KY assembly plant.

If Georgetown gets the ES, which has been built in Japan since its debut in 1989, it would be built alongside the Toyota Camry, which is somewhat ironic since in our review of the 2013 Lexus ES350, we wrote that this ES finally says “goodbye to its Camry roots.” In order to get the whole amount offered, the article states that Toyota would have to invest $531.2 million and hire 570 full-time workers at the plant, which doesn’t sound all that unreasonable since the plant would require an additional 50,000 units of annual production, not to mention the fact that the Georgetown facility is already at its capacity for building the Camry.

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Review: 2013 Lexus GS450h [w/video]

By Zach Bowman

2013 Lexus GS450h

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An Unlikely Star in the Lexus Stable

Think about Lexus for a second. Odds are your gray matter is busy regurgitating images of the company’s middle-aged RX crossover or possibly the midsize ES sedan. As the volume movers for Toyota’s luxury fleet, the two are the default ambassadors for everything with an italicized L pinned to the grille, and that’s a damned shame. As the 2013 GS450h is so willing to point out, Lexus engineers are busily crafting models that offer drivers more than a safe luxury choice.

As the master of fuel-sipping battery propulsion, Lexus has brought the impressive width of Toyota hybrid engineering to bear on the GS450h. The result is a vehicle that manages to sneak its hybridness by you with buttery acceleration, stone quiet operation and brakes that don’t feel like you’re trying walk around the house in Velcro socks. The drivetrain doesn’t feel the need to beat you over the head with its battery pack or announce to the neighborhood that you’re saving the world one whispery mile at a time. Both driver and passengers get to enjoy a luxury car that just so happens to be a hybrid instead of the other way around.

There’s no denying just how striking the GS has become outside. For all the ridicule Lexus endured for its new Predator-maw corporate look, the design snatches eyeballs quicker than a cross Master Pai Mei. Up front, the nose manages to look fresh without straying into garishness, though Lexus designers are walking a fine line here. While the LED daytime running lamps are a bit derivative, we love the complex and sculpted lower valance. Like other hardware in the Lexus toolbox, the GS gives you plenty to look at head on.

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Luxury Cars Are a Booming Business

By John Rosevear, The Motley Fool

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The U.S. economy may still be struggling in some ways, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at luxury-car sales.

Global luxury-car heavyweights Mercedes-Benz and BMW , the reigning champ, are locked in a fierce battle to lead the U.S. luxury-car market in 2013. Both reported strong sales here in the first quarter — and several of their rivals posted big gains of their own.

A small market that generates big bucks
The sales volumes are relatively small. In some months, Ford‘s sales of F-Series pickups alone are greater than the total U.S. sales of these two put together. But thanks to impressive margins, luxury cars are big business here and around the world, and BMW and Mercedes, along with Volkswagen‘s Audi brand, are the Big Three that seem to dominate it just about everywhere.

BMW posted a 13% gain in U.S. sales in March to 27,078 vehicles, marking BMW‘s best March in the U.S. ever. That increase was powered in large part by gains for its SUVs — the X3, X5, and X6 in particular, which were together up 40% over year-ago totals.

That’s a strong showing, and the company is optimistic about its chances for further gains in the coming months. BMW‘s North American chief, Ludwig Willisch, said in a statement that he expects the new entry-level 320i model to “accelerate our momentum in the months ahead.”

Meanwhile, arch-rival Mercedes-Benz posted a 6.5% year-over-year sales increase for March, with 24,646 sold — enough for its own record March and first-quarter totals. Strong points were the 34% gains for the company’s C-Class sedans, which compete directly with BMW‘s 3-Series, and a nice result for the company’s M-Class SUV.

Mercedes, which is owned by Germany’s Daimler , made much of the fact that it posted record sales without launching any new models in the first quarter. The company’s U.S. sales chief, Steve Cannon, noted in a statement that coming launches of redesigned E-Class and S-Class models could lead to Mercedes’ “strongest year on record” as 2013 continues to unfold.

Other luxury makers are looking strong
Meanwhile, German rival Audi merely posted its 27th straight month of record sales in the U.S., with a 14% gain over good year-ago totals. Continuing the theme, small sedans and SUVs were strong for Audi as well, with a 20% gain for its A4 and a 39% increase for the Q5 SUV. Those gains were achieved with minimal discounting, Audi officials noted, as VW continues to try to maximize its profits outside its troubled European home base.

Toyota‘s Lexus brand posted a 16% gain for the month and a 15% gain for the quarter behind strong sales of its ES midsized sedan. And General Motors‘ Cadillac brand continued its slow resurgence, as its ATS sedan — a surprisingly strong competitor to BMW‘s 3-Series — led the way to a 49% year-over-year gain.

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Come and Get It While You Can: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Priced

By Alexander Stoklosa

Mitsubishi might be on the fritz here in the U.S., but the company continues to push forward and keep its head just above water. To wit, the new 2014 Outlander crossover made its U.S. debut at last year’s L.A. auto show, following the plug-in hybrid version’s reveal in Paris, and it goes on sale here in June. Nothing can be sold without a price tag, however, so Mitsubishi has released some basic pricing info for the Outlander. Overall, the Outlander’s sticker doesn’t budge much, if at all, compared to the 2013 model it replaces. 

The new Outlander again comes in ES, SE, and GT trim levels; the ES and SE are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the up-level GT gets a 3.0-liter V-6. A base, front-drive 2014 Outlander ES starts at $23,820, only $300 more than last year’s model. The SE commands $24,620—$200 less than the 2013 iteration—and adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, a touch-screen infotainment display, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry with push-button starting. The GT starts at $28,620, $800 less than the all-wheel-drive 2013 GT, and adds the aforementioned V-6 engine, Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive setup, paddle shifters, HID headlights, and wood grain interior trim.

Mitsubishi’s future still solidly occupies the “questionable” category, but a new crossover like the Outlander perhaps gives the company its best shot yet at motivating a turnaround in this market. It’s priced in the thick of the compact SUV segment—Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4—but is the only rig to offer a third-row seat. What, you think the tiny, three-cylinder Mirage hatchback will be Mitsu’s ark?

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Exelis Wins $102 Million Australian Navy Contract

By Rich Smith, The Motley Fool

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McLean, Va.-based Exelis has won a $102 million contract to supply the Royal Australian Navy with Electronic Support Measures (ESM) for its ANZAC frigates and Canberra class landing helicopter dock (LHD) warships.

Exelis describes its ES-3701 ESM as a system designed to detect radar signals emitted from aircraft and other surface ships, improving “situational awareness, targeting, self-protection and surveillance.” The company noted further that the system is already being installed on Australia‘s new Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer.

Exelis shares are receiving no boost from the good news, however, falling 0.6% Thursday, to trade around $10.88.

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GrafTech's Engineered Solutions Business Segment Continues to Expand Its Aerospace Contracts

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GrafTech’s Engineered Solutions Business Segment Continues to Expand Its Aerospace Contracts

PARMA, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)– GrafTech International today announced that its Engineered Solutions (ES) business segment has won another contract to provide thermal management solutions in support of space research and exploration.

The latest project is the LEONIDAS (Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System) program, which is a venture of the Hawaii Space Flight Lab (HSFL) and the state of Hawaii, under contract to the Operationally Responsive Space Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nanosatellites are microsatellites, which are miniaturized artificial satellites of low mass and size, usually under 100 kg (220 lbs). They provide many benefits over large-sized ones, including significant cost savings, design efficiencies and the ability to complete missions that larger satellites cannot accomplish.

The LEONIDAS project has three stages, each with a different LEO motor that will provide axial propulsion for the launch vehicle. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd stages use LEO-46, LEO-7 and LEO-1 rocket motors, respectively, which are designed and produced by Aerojet, a GenCorp company headquartered in Sacramento, California. GrafTech is supplying the carbon/carbon insert for each motor. The vehicle’s first flight test, which will include a payload, is planned for the second half of 2013.

The advanced material products and solutions for this space project were developed and manufactured by a subsidiary of GrafTech’s Engineered Solutions’ segment based in Maine.

GrafTech Chairman & CEO Craig Shular commented, “Our ES business segment continues to leverage GrafTech’s R&D expertise in developing and executing innovative material science solutions for a wide range of industries. We look forward to seeing ES grow its capabilities in 2013 and beyond.”

About GrafTech

GrafTech International is a global company that has been redefining limits for more than 125 years. We offer innovative graphite material solutions for our customers in a wide range of industries and end markets, including steel manufacturing, advanced energy and latest generation electronics. GrafTech operates 20 principal manufacturing facilities on four continents and sells products in 70 countries. Headquartered in Parma, Ohio, GrafTech employs 3,000 people. For more information, call 216.676.2000 or visit www.graftech.com .

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ITT Exelis to provide electronic support systems to Australian ANZAC and LHD ships

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ITT Exelis to provide electronic support systems to Australian ANZAC and LHD ships

VAN NUYS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– ITT Exelis (NYS: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $102 million to provide the Electronic Support Measures (ESM) suite for Australia‘s ANZAC frigates and the Canberra class LHD ships, enhancing the country’s national defense capabilities throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. With this contract, Exelis continues to extend its leading edge electronic warfare capabilities to international customers.

The Exelis ES-3701 ESM system will significantly improve the Royal Australian Navy‘s capability to detect radars from other surface ships and aircraft. It provides situational awareness, targeting, self-protection and surveillance, and utilizes a Windows-based interface for robust, easy-to-use graphical displays. The selection of the ES-3701 also provides commonality with other large warships in Australia‘s fleet, as the system is also being deployed on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD).

“This award positions Exelis as the premier supplier of ESM systems in the Asia Pacific region and is a critical milestone in the region’s enhancement of its defenses,” said Rich Sorelle, Exelis corporate vice president and president of the Electronic Systems division.

This is the second major contract in recent years to provide electronic warfare systems to the Royal Australian Navy; Exelis was previously awarded the contract for the ESM suite for the AWD program. The work for these key contracts will be performed by the Exelis Electronic Systems, radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business area from its Morgan Hill, Calif. location.

“Our ES-3701 system provides effective mission operations in all weather conditions and against all essential threats,” added Dave Prater, Exelis vice president and general manager of radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems. “It is ideally suited to achieve the operational mission requirements in a dynamic and challenging electronic warfare environment.”

For more than 60 years, Exelis has been providing leading edge ESM solutions to navies around the world. These precision monopulse, direction-finding ESM systems are ideal for submarines, surface ships and land-based applications.

About ITT Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in …read more
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Review: 2013 Lexus ES350

By Michael Harley

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Finally Saying Goodbye To Its Camry Roots

2013 Lexus ES 350

In its equivalent world of breakfast foods, the Lexus ES350 is unquestionably the pancake. While its siblings may offer more interesting textures, flavors and consistencies – a generally more exciting culinary experience – the four-door ES is designed with ‘indistinct’ as its middle name. Its objective is to please just about every entry-level luxury buyer once it ends up on their plate.

Even after a complete redesign for the 2013 model year, the sixth-generation Lexus ES350 emerges every bit as family-friendly and non-polarizing as its predecessors. It is the everyman’s luxury sedan, offering attractive pricing and a satisfying fill of amenities and features with the sweetness of a long warranty and polished customer service to back things up.

As a result of its overall wholesomeness and demeanor, the ES350 sells like hotcakes, too. Last year, 56,158 customers took delivery, thus allowing the five-passenger sedan to continue its reign as the highest sales volume Lexus passenger car (it outsells the bigger LS nearly seven-to-one).

To learn more about the all-new ES, and take our own taste of its goodness, we recently spent a week with the midsize luxury sedan in Southern California.

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2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid Review & Test Drive

By Malcolm Hogan

The business of combining luxury, exceptional fuel economy numbers and suitable performance in a functional hybrid package is no easy feat. Lexus, however, has formulated the perfect balance of what a luxury hybrid should offer for the consumer in the all-new 2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid.

The relentless pursuit of perfection has paid off well when it comes to offering a hybrid that meshes so well into the mainstream mid-sized luxury sedan market with the new 2013 Lexus ES300h. All-new for the 2013 model year, the Lexus ES receives the newfound trademark design language with the spindle Lexus grill up front. The new hybrid ES, dubbed the ES300h, is put in the mix of the V6-powered ES350 (268 horsepower – 21 mpg city 31 mpg highway) to offer uncompromised fuel efficiency without sacrificing the relaxed but pristine driving dynamics of its more powerful sibling.

The all-new 2013 Lexus ES gets a new design carrying the new signature spindle grill found throughout the new line of Lexus vehicles. The larger dimensions of the new ES open it up to receive larger seating areas and more of a broader demeanor visually on the road. The only thing signifying the new ES300h as a hybrid apart from the ES350 is its rear passenger door ‘Hybrid’ badges, the ES300h emblem on the trunk lid, and the blue-accented Lexus emblems on the front and rear.

The new 2013 Lexus ES300h is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor, which together produce 200 horsepower. Power is fed through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. The new Lexus ES300h is able to make a dash from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds (about 1 second slower than ES350), which is pretty decent for a hybrid vehicle but slightly underwhelming for a midsized luxury sedan. However, the Lexus ES300h is far from a push-over when power is demanded, even when in Eco mode.

Lexus carries over their drive select mode dial into the 2013 ES300h with Eco, Normal, and Sport modes. Interestingly enough, the Eco mode can be a desirable setting as it does not limit throttle response to the level of the vehicle falling flat at mid-range gas pedal positions. Eco mode does an excellent job to automatically sort out driving conditions to optimize fuel economy without sapping too much response and feedback from the driver. Sport mode, also utilizing the traditional hybrid features such as regenerative braking and auto start/stop, spices things up a bit by adding weight to the steering wheel, advancing the throttle response, and by default, illuminating the gauge cluster with a red accent while activating an rpm tachometer in place of the Eco metering. The Sport mode can be customized in a menu set to display the Eco meter and turn off the red colored cluster illumination.

Transitions between the engine and electric motor are virtually seamless and barely noticeable. Everything about the hybrid powertrain is smooth and well-adapted to mostly any driving style. At idle, the Lexus ES300h is nearly silent even when the 4-cylinder engine is still running. The faint hum of the electric motor, mostly noticeable during deceleration, is one of the very few audible giveaways of the ES300h being a hybrid.

In the traditional sense of Toyota and Lexus hybrids, the all-new ES300h utilizes advanced control systems to activate the electric motor running solely off of battery power when proper conditions present themselves. At times I found my Lexus ES300h test vehicle humming along at 40 mph on battery power only. In mostly Eco mode the ES300h, much like the Prius hybrid, can run on battery power at speeds below 45 mph provided you are barely accelerating. The EV mode, a mode designed to keep the vehicle using the electric motor up to 27 mph, is more of a novelty that can easily be defeated if the gas pedal is pressed too fast or too much acceleration for the motor to handle is recognized by the ECU. Around town the ES300h really shines on fuel consumption figures. I saw times where I was averaging about 45 mpg while roaming around the downtown streets of St. Augustine. Many times I was maximizing my fuel economy by only using the electric motor provided I was cautions of my gas pedal position. While the stated EPA fuel consumption estimates are 40 mpg city and 39 highway, travelling at interstate speeds and above can drastically reduce fuel economy. At times traveling 5 or even 10 mph above the stated interstate speed limit, the ES300h would reduce itself to about 33 mpg. Although, keeping a steady and reasonable highway speed, you will see realistic mpg numbers around 37 and 38 mpg.

The level of refinement in the all-new 2013 Lexus ES300h is nothing short of what you would expect in a Lexus. Fit and finish is top notch while the suspension is perfectly dampened to soak up large bumps and imperfections in the road. On the enthusiastic side of things, the Lexus ES300h is still civilized and graces out of serious lateral maneuvers with a loud howl of the 17-inch low-rolling-resistance tires. I have to say, the new Lexus ES300h, despite being a mid-sized luxury hybrid, does not promote driving crazy in any way. However, the new ES300h can still handle its own among its mid-sized brethren.

In true Lexus form, the new 2013 ES300h has a quiet cabin isolating most road and wind noises. Though, the buzzing sound of the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine winding up when power is needed, comes through the firewall into the cabin as an unusual trait for a Lexus. The only take away from the new ES300h being anything un-Lexus-like is the buzz and slight drone sound from the engine bay when the upper rpm range is reached. Having a CVT transmission makes matters slightly worse under full throttle in keeping the 4-cylinder engine hovering near its 6000 rpm power sweet spot. Aside from the 4-cylinde engine noise, the ES300h is pure luxury.

Inside of the cabin the new Lexus ES300h has well-appointed and soft leather seating areas. The entire cabin, virtually identical to the V6-powered ES350, makes the best use of plastics, soft touch buttons, accent dashboard stitching and bamboo wood trim to treat passengers to a quant taste of luxury. The use of a traditional automatic transmission shifter is a wise choice that goes a long way for those who may be new to the hybrid genre of cars -instead of the Prius’ gated hodgepodge hybrid and iRobot shifter.

The seating areas of the new ES300h are larger than ever for the ES line. No longer just a dressed up Toyota Avalon or Camry, the new ES makes its sportier mark even stronger as a more refined and luxurious entry-level Lexus, even in hybrid form.

A long list of standard safety equipment graces the new Lexus ES300h starting with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags, Lexus Safety Connect w/automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assist button. In addition to the safety blanket, the new ES300h hybrid gets standard 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, fog lights, LED day-time-running lights, sunroof, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats w/ power lumbar adjustment, “NuLuxe” premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Lexus Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

My 2013 Lexus ES300h was optioned out with a navigation system upgrade including hard-drive based GPS navigation system, backup camera, 8-inch VGA LCD screen, Lexus Enform with App Suite, Lexus Insider, voice command, in-dash DVD/CD player, HD Radio and SiriusXM Radio w/ NavTraffic. The Premium Package on my ES300h test vehicle included memory for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and power telescoping steering wheel, bamboo wood trim, and remote keyless entry-linked memory. Additional options included HID headlights, heated front seats, leather-trimmed and wood steering wheel, cargo net and trunk mat. The total as-tested price for my 2013 Lexus ES300h hybrid came to $44,524 including a $895 destination and handling charge. A base Lexus ES300h hybrid starts at just $38,850, which is about a $2,750 premium over its E350 V6-powered sibling.


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  • Price: Base ES300h $38,850.00 / As-Tested $44,524.00
  • Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (156 horsepower) with two hybrid electric motors for total output of 200 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm / 199 lb.ft. of torque
  • Wheelbase: 111 in.
  • Overall length: 192.7 in.
  • Overall width: 71.7 in.
  • Overall height: 57.1 in.
  • Track: f/r-62.6/62 in.
  • Headroom: f/r-37.7/37.5 in. with glass sunroof
  • Legroom: f/r-41.9/40 in.
  • EPA cargo volume: 12.1 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 3,660 lbs.
  • Fuel tank: 17.2 gallons
  • Turning radius: 18.7 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
  • EPA fuel economy: 40 mpg/city 39 mpg/highway
  • Range: 688 miles city / 670.8 miles highway

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