2020 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

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$41,560 - $45,210

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2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Krishna Choubey Automobile Journalist Updated on: November 27, 2019


Envision a midsize luxury sedan that not only takes care of your all-round opulence needs, but is also thoughtful of the environment and your wallet, at the same time. Well, there are not many products out in the market that strike a perfect equation with all the aforementioned variables intact. Thankfully though, you won't have to baffle any long because Lexus with the all new 2020 ES 300h seems to just have carved your vision into reality.

 

Foe 2020, Lexus' best seller enters its seventh geneartion with a complete overhaul, be it on the inside or the outside. The new ES 300h is now wider, longer and lower, wrapped in a sleek profile whereas the reworked interior appointments are more upscale than ever.

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Pros

Quiet and smooth operation

Plush interiors

Spacious cabin

Fuel efficient

Cons

Squeamish infotainment interface

Unenthusiastic powertrain

Fixed rear seats

What's New?

All new design

Refined powertrain for better efficiency

Improved cabin space

Updated tech and safety equipment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41560

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

163 lbs.-ft @ 3600 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63/63.4

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3704 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

43/44/45 mpg

highway range

594 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Moonbeam Beige Metallic color  2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Nightfall Mica color  2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Black Obsidian color  2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Silver Lining Metallic color
Moonbeam Beige Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

8.2

Interior

8.5

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Base

Base

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
44 combined

$41,560


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $41,560 MSRP (43/44/45) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Eminent White Pearl
  Atomic Silver
  Sunlit Green
  Matador Red Mica
  Obsidian
  Nightfall Mica
  Silver Lining Metallic

 2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Luxury

Luxury

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
44 combined

$44,215


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $44,215 MSRP (44/44/45) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Eminent White Pearl
  Atomic Silver
  Sunlit Green
  Matador Red Mica
  Obsidian
  Nightfall Mica
  Silver Lining Metallic

 2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Ultra Luxury

Ultra Luxury

power
176 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
44 combined

$45,210


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $45,210 MSRP (44/44/45) 176 hp @ 5700 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Caviar
  Eminent White Pearl
  Atomic Silver
  Sunlit Green
  Matador Red Mica
  Obsidian
  Nightfall Mica
  Silver Lining Metallic

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The new 2029 Lexus ES 300h has gently evolved and the evolution is certainly impressive. Apart from the new costume, that debunks its image of an understated Luxury sedan, the hybrid apparatus under the hood is more refined with better efficiency and a few more horses as well. Needless to say, with Lexus, comes a sense of unparalleled safety and reliability. However, the' change theory' which the new ES adopts, further strengthens that promise, with its updated safety and tech attachments.

Sitting in the $40k - $45k bracket, and now with upgraded armament, this seventh gen ES is spirited enough to give a tough fight to its competitors. It might not be as peppier as some of the Germans in the segment, but the overall package which the ES offers at the price point is simply unparalleled. The 2020 Lexus ES 300h packs enough flair now to give the Lincoln MKZ, Toyota Avalon and the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Luxe, a run for their money.


6.5/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Features

6.5/10

For the 2020 model year, Lexus is offering the ES 300 hybrid in three different trim levels. There is the entry level Base, mid range Luxury and the range topping Ultra Luxury. Lexus has aptly packed the new ES, with even the base trim featuring most of the amenities that one could desire in a vehicle of this class. What draws a line between the three trims is the enhanced comfort and more premium features as you move up the order.

Trims

Base

Luxury

Ultra Luxury

MSRP

$41,560

$44,215

$45,210

Engine

2.5 Liter 4 cylinder gas/Hybrid

2.5 Liter 4 cylinder gas/Hybrid

2.5 Liter 4 cylinder gas/Hybrid

Features

Pre and Post-collision safety system

Adds to base - 

Adds to Luxury - 

 

Lane departure warning accident avoidance system

Reverse tilt passenger curb view

14-way power adjustable front seats

 

Emergency braking assist

Leather interiors

Premium leather upholstery

 

10-Speaker Mark Levinson audio

12-way power front seats

 
 

Adaptive cruise control

Driver seat thigh extension

 
 

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

Multi level heated and ventilated front seats

 
 

Rear view camera

   
 

Interior air filtration

   
 

Heated Mirrors

   
 

Head-Up Display

   
 

Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

   
 

Leatherette interiors

   
 

10 way power front seats

   

We Recommend

We recommend the top of the line Ultra Luxury trim. The $3650 additional premium paid for the top trim, over the base, is well worth the price. The full-fledged Ultra luxury trim is packed to the hilt with the best that Lexus has to offer with the ES and it truly encapsulates the sheer character of the ES that Lexus wants to present.

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Engine and Performance

8.2/10

Engine and Transmission

Powering the new ES 300h, is the familiar 2.5 liter I-4 coupled with a pair of electric motors and a 1.6 kWh battery pack, delivering a combined output of 215 horses. The Hybrid apparatus is the same Toyota also uses in the Camry and Avalon hybrid.

Power output from this unit is not something extravagant or too tempting and so is the power delivery from the engine. That's mainly because the ES 300h is tuned for a relaxed and comfortable ride rather than passionate runs. Power coming from the engine feels just adequate to pull it around town and the power delivery is smooth and linear all the time. .

Models

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Premium

MSRP

$41,820

$35,995

$39,150

$38,670

Engine

2.5 Liter I-4 gas/electric hybrid

2.0 Liter I-4 gas/electric hybrid

2.5 Liter I-4 gas/electric hybrid

2.5 Liter I-4 gas/electric hybrid

Transmission

CVT Automatic

CVT Automatic

CVT Automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

215

188

215

194

Torque

163

129

163

187

Flex your feet harder on the pedal and the engine does respond briskly. However, that briskness does not gets visible enough because of the old school CVT’s linear and relaxed power delivery. Same is the case with other hybrids offered in this segment which are focused towards ride quality and efficiency over anything else.

Acceleration

The modest powertrain in the ES 300h is not crafted for keen accelerations and its 8.1 second 0-60 sprint certainly substantiates the claim. The electric motors do provide some healthy torque, but even with 15 additional horses, the seventh gen ES 300h feels a bit laid-back, getting off the line.

Models

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Premium

0-60 MPH

8.1

8.6

7.8

7.3

Quarter mile

15.8

16.6

16.0

NA

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

4.0

4.3

4.1

6.1

Unsurprisingly, the other hybrids in the competition here also follow the same trajectory. The Toyota Avalon that uses the same powertrain as the ES 300h delivers a faster sprint than the Lexus, thanks to the Avalon’s more sport oriented dynamics and mechanical tuning.

Braking and Handling

If its one parameter in which the ES is most cautious about, it has to be the ride quality. The leather coated cabin and performance dampers with new multi-link suspension promise you a smooth and relaxed ride, all day long. You also have Active noise insulation and insulated mirrors along with polyurethane foam coating on the pillars to ensure minimal penetration of noise inside the cabin. The lowered body than its predecessor and the repositioning of the battery pack under the rear seats allows a lower center of gravity and optimized weight distribution. The ES 300h feels firm and confident all the time with good level of communication with the ground, even around corners. Coming from a premium brand with a more premium price tag than its competitors certainly reflects in the overall packaging of the ES 300h.

Models

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Premium

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

12.4

12.0

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

12.4

11.1

11.3

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

117

NA

123

Braking in the ES 300h is taken care of by ventilated discs up front and solids at the rear. All the four wheels also get ABS as standard and it also gets regenerative braking mechanism for the hybrid functionality. The brakes however reliable might leave you nervous in emergency braking situations. The regenerative braking does not affect the brake operation too much but yes there is a slight hinge of lag, everytime you hit the pedal.

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

The purpose of introducing hybrid system in cars is to maximize the fuel efficiency. Delivering a combined 44 miles per gallon, the 2020 ES 300h serves this purpose very well, thanks to the higher degree of hybridization with two electric motors. The full engagement of the electric motors at city speeds, further adds to the party.

Model

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Premium

MPG (city)

44

42

43

25

MPG (highway)

45

39

43

35

MPG (combined)

44

41

43

29

The toyota Avalon uses the same hybrid architecture as the ES, and gets close enough to its more premium sibling in terms of efficiency. The MKZ too, is pretty solid in its business, returning a healthy mpg figure. However, the Buick LaCrosse’s fuel efficiency cannot keep up with the other cars in the bunch, because of its mild hybrid arrangement and a smaller electric motor.

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Interior

8.5/10

Seating and Comfort

Similar to all Lexus cars, the ES 300h has a very comfortable ride, complimented by a very plush and comfy interior. The suspension is set up a little too soft, which hampers cornering ability a little.

The Lexus seats 5 people in extreme comfort, with lots of space both in the front and back. There is plenty of legroom especially in the back, which is great for the people who like being chauffeured around. The seats are very comfortable, even over large distances, and the climate control system helps control the atmosphere inside the cabin.

Model

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Infinity Q50 Hybrid LUXE

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/57.6/41.9

37.9/57.7/44.3

37.6/58.2/42.1

39.5/56.7/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/55.0/40.0

36.5/55.3/37.0

37.9/57/39.2

36.8/56.1/35.1

The competition also seats 5, similar to the Lexus, although only the Toyota Avalon has the same rear seat space as the Lexus. The front seat space, however, is quite generous in all these cars and even the interiors are extremely well built.

Infotainment system

The Lexus ES 300h comes standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen (12.3 inches optional). There are also plenty of other features on offer, which are listed below:

  • 15-speaker, 835-watt Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System
  • DVD/CD player
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Lexus Enform connected services

Cargo Capacity

The battery pack of a hybrid car takes up a lot of space in the trunk, which is a problem that plagues every hybrid car in the market. The trunk has a disappointingly low 12.1 liters of space, which is barely enough for two weeks' worth of groceries.

Model

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Infinity Q50 Hybrid LUXE

Cargo Volume with 2nd row up (ft.3)

12.1

11.1

14.0

9.4

All the cars here have small trunks, with the Infinity G50 hybrid deserving a special mention. Its lack of space is downright hurtful, and if you plan to ever have luggage in the back, then this the one car you should steer clear of.

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

The Lexus belongs to the midsize luxury sedan segment and has moderate dimensions and surprisingly lightweight for a hybrid car. The length is a little more than 190 inches, and more than 70 inches wide. Negotiating traffic could be a little difficult during rush hour, but not by much.

Ground clearance is near six inches, not enough to go off-road, but enough to tackle high speedbumps and loitering rocks on the road. Even the wheelbase is long, in order to free as much space in the cabin as possible.

Model

Lexus ES 300h

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Infinity Q50 Hybrid LUXE

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,682

3,871

3,594

4,015

Length(in)

193.3

194.1

195.3

189.6

Width(in)

71.7

73.4

72.2

71.8

Height(in)

57.1

58.1

57.5

57.2

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

5.0

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

112.2

111.0

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.6/62.0

62.3/62.0

62.6/62.2

60.4/61.4

The competition has nearly the same dimensions and weight as the Lexus, with the exception of the Infinity Q50 hybrid, which is quite a bit smaller yet a lot heavier. All the cars have large wheelbase in order to free up the rear legroom even more.

Exterior Features

The exterior of the Lexus ES 300h also has a few features to boast. These are as follows:

  • Projector headlamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Spindle grille
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Safety

Safety Ratings and Reliability

The 2020 Lexus ES 300h comes fitted with a lot of safety equipment to keep its passengers safe. The standard safety features are as follows:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Lexus Enform w/Safety Connect Emergency SOS
  • Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
  • 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 and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Safety Ratings by NHSTA

Overall Rating

5 Star

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

4 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

5 Star

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

4 Star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating Driver

5 Star

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

5 Star

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

5 Star

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

5 Star

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

5 Star

Rollover Rating

4 Star

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Competition

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere

The Lincoln MKZ hybrid Premiere is a great car at a great price and is mostly comfortable for a family of four (or five). The fuel savings are exceptional, especially in the urban crawl, and although it isn't the best car in this segment, the Lincoln manages to hold its own.

The mild-mannered dynamics, along with the lack of rear seat space and trunk space, push the Lincoln towards the back of the segment. Even though it is a great car for the price, we would have wanted a little more from it.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is the closest to Lexus in terms of everything and is better in performance. What's more, Toyota is actually cheaper too, which makes it a much more lucrative buy.

The Lexus, however, has more cabin comforts, more space, and better interiors. If you are looking for the best luxury experience while also saving the polar bears, then the Lexus makes more sense.

Infinity Q50 Hybrid LUXE

The Infinity G50 Hybrid is the heaviest, most powerful and consequently the least efficient hybrid system here. The benefits of the hybrid system are actually negated in this car, as both the performance and the efficiency suffer.

The Lexus hybrid is a great car, let alone a great hybrid car, and it comfortably outperforms the Infinity in the important aspects.

2020 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Final Verdict

The Lexus ES 300h is like the Achilles of the Lexus army; sure it gives it a headstart on the whole luxury war but it can't be the sole champion on which the battle is won. Leading the trojan into the wall of the luxurious troy, the ES 300h does provide the gateway to the necessary kingdom which were once never breached by the Japanese. However, the Achilles heel might be the power on demand available which though is tiny but can be the cause of defeat too.