2017 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

7.9

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We have a strong notion that luxury sedans are not fuel efficient. But hold on a second. The Lexus ES300h is here to break that stereotype. With the Lexus ES300h you get a powerful sports car like engine, luxurious interiors and fuel economy numbers better than a hatchback. The ES300h is blend of a performance, luxury, practicality and economy.

The Lexus ES300h is priced at $41,820. The power plant of the Lexus makes 200 horsepower. The power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The ES300h is only offered in one trim level.

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Pros

Spacious rear legroom

Enough space for tall occupants

Luxurious interior

Fuel efficient hybrid engine

Cons

Ride quality is not smooth

Impractical infotaiment

What's New?

Previous optional safety features are standard now


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41820

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

156 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

156 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear strut suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/11.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

193.3 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3682 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

40/40/39 mpg

highway range

670.8 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

670.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Atomic Silver color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Autumn Shimmer color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Caviar color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Eminent White Pearl color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Matador Red Metallic color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Nebula Gray Pearl color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Nightfall Mica color  2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid in Obsidian color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

9.3

Exterior

8.4

Driving

6.4

7.9

OVERALL RATING

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2017 Lexus RC 200t
9.5/10

Engine: 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 26 combined

2017 Lexus RX 350
8.3/10

Engine: 295 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 23 combined

2017 Lexus GS 350
8.7/10

Engine: 311 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 22 combined

2018 Lexus GS 350
8.3/10

Engine: 311 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 22 combined

2018 Lexus RX 450h hybrid
8.8/10

Engine: 308 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 30 combined

2017 Lexus RX 450h hybrid
8.8/10

Engine: 308 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 30 combined

2018 Lexus GS 300
8.1/10

Engine: 241 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 26 combined

2017 Lexus ES 350
8.6/10

Engine: 268 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L V6

MPG: 24 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.9

Overall Rating


7.2/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine

 

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.3/10
Interior

 

8.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

With the ES300h, Lexus is trying to create a segment of its own i.e. the hybrid luxury sedan segment. While hybrid cars very common on the roads these days, most of them are hatchbacks. The ES300h is one of the very few hybrid luxury sedans in the market and certainly is a very attractive proposition.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Features

7.2/10

Lexus has not taken efforts to make different variants of the ES300h. In fact, they have loaded all the features, tech and gizmos in a single trim level. The ES300h offers a plethora of advanced tech as standard.

Trim ES 300h
MSRP $41,820
Key

 

Features

Navigation System W/Color Multimedia Display
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
Bi-LED Headlamps
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
External Temperature Display
Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel
Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel
​​​​Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Engine

8.2/10

The 2017 Lexus ES 300h delivers a refined driving experience bolstered by the powertrain's quiet, all-electric operation at low speeds. While the hybrid ES is slower than the V6-equipped ES 350, its acceleration in normal traffic should be enough for most buyers, especially those who understand the trade-off for improved fuel economy. -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Generally, people tend to have a misconception that hybrids have slow and underpowered engines. This is where the ES300h breaks the stereotype. it gets a 2.5 litre, inline 4 cylinder engine that churns out 200 horsepower and delivers 156 lb-ft of torque. The smooth functioning engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission and all the power is sent to the front wheels.

Models Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
MSRP $41,820 $35,170 $47,800
Engine 2.5L l4 2.0L l4 3.5L HEV DOHC 24 Valve V6 Aluminum
Transmission CVT Automatic CVT Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 200 hp 188 hp 360 hp
Torque 156 lb-ft 129 lb-ft 258 lb-ft

The American rival of the Lexus, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses a 2 liter, inline 4 cylinder engine and it makes 188 horsepower which is a 12 hp less than the Lexus. The Asian counterpart of the ES300h, the Infinity Q50 Hybrid, uses a larger 3.5-liter V6 engine and it also makes 160 horsepower more than the Lexus.

Acceleration

The Lexus ES300h isn't the fastest car in its segment. It goes from a standstill to 60 MPH in just 8.1 seconds. The ES300h can cover the quarter-mile distance in 15.8 seconds. These performance figures are pretty decent for a luxury car that weighs more than 3600 lbs.

Models Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 7.1 sec 5.0 sec
Quarter mile 15.8 sec 16.6 sec 13.5 sec
Engine 2.5L 2.0L 3.5L
Emission

 

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

7.4 4.4 6.1

The Lexus is the slowest car amongst its rivals in terms of 0-60 MPH acceleration timings. The Lincoln does 0-60 MPH in 7.1 seconds while the Infinity does it in 5.0 seconds. In terms of quarter-mile acceleration, the Lexus is faster than the Lincoln but it is slower than the Infiniti.

Ride and Handling

The suspension is a little bit on the stiffer side. You will notice all the bumps and potholes as you are being driven around. Not the most refined ride but better than most of the cars in the segment. Overall the ride quality is great

Get behind the wheel and the ES300h offers you a plush ride. You don't hear the engine at all on the inside and at low speeds, the car switches itself into EV mode, making things even better. The steering is not vague and steering wheel gives you a good feedback.

Braking

Cars with powerful engines require good stopping power too. So the engineers at Lexus have equipped the ES300h with 11.6 inches diameter discs up front and 11.0 inches diameter discs at the rear. Slam the brakes and the sedan comes to a standstill from 60 MPH at a distance of 126 feet.

Model Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
Brake Front (in.) 11.6 12.4 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 11.0 12.4 12.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,682 3,871 3,999
60-0 MPH (ft.) 126 116 121

The braking stats of the Lexus aren't the best in the segment. The Lincoln MKZ and the Infinity Q50 both get the bigger set of brakes. The MKZ comes to standstill from 60 MPH at a distance of 116 feet while the Infiniti Q50 stops from 60 MPH at a distance of 121 feet.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

7.6/10

Like most hybrids, the Lexus too focuses on fuel economy. In the city, the Lexus can go for 40 miles for every gallon. Take it on the highway and the Lexus will go for 39 miles for every gallon. The ES300h gets a combined fuel efficiency rating of 40 miles per gallon.

Model Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infinity Q50 Hybrid LUXE
MPG (city) 40 41 27
MPG (highway) 39 38 32
MPG (combined) 40 40 29

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is as good as the ES300h in terms of fuel economy. The Lincoln gets a fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon but you got to remember one thing that the Lincoln is 12 horses deficient to the Lexus. The Infiniti, on the other hand, delivers a combined fuel efficiency rating of 29 MPG. The Infinity isn't the most efficient of the bunch but mind well that the Q50 makes much more power than the Lexus and the Lincoln.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Interior

9.3/10

The 2017 Lexus ES 300h's cabin is modern and stylish. The richness of the materials depends on the available optional packages (you can even get bamboo trim), but in typical Lexus fashion, everything is stitched together with world-class care regardless of materials. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Since most of the Lexus ES300h owners will be chauffeured around, the back seats at the back are ones that you should be concerned about. The rear passenger area is pretty roomy, the fit finish and the material quality is also great. The materials used on the inside of the car are sound absorbing and cancel out the noise that comes from the outside just so that you have peace and tranquillity while you are being driven around in your $41000 Lexus.

The space on the inside of the Lexus ES300h is pretty decent for a car of this size. Up front, the head, the shoulder and, the legroom is 37.5 inches, 57.6 inches, and 41.9 inches respectively. At the rear, the head, the shoulder and the leg room are 37.5 inches, 55 inches and 40 inches respectively. Tall passengers won't have a difficulty hopping in and out of the Lexus. Six-footers might find the seats positioned to be too low.

Model Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.5/57.6/41.9 37.9/57.7/44.3 39.5/56.7/44.5
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/55.0/40.0 36.5/55.3/37.0 36.8/56.1/35.1

The Lexus has the roomiest rear seats when compared to its rivals. While the Lexus sacrifices on the front passenger room, it does impress the important people that will sit on the back seats and that's what really matters.

Infotainment System

The Lexus ES300h gets a decent infotainment system. It gets a crisp infotainment interface staked at the center of the dashboard. The interface also doubles up to a navigation system to guide you through the lanes. You also get a best in business 6 speaker audio system. You can play music either through the auxiliary audio input. You also get a satellite radio.

Interior Features

The sedan does get a lot of tech and gizmos on the inside. Some of them are listed below.

  • Navigation system with a multimedia display.
  • External temperature display.
  • Heated wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel.
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheels.
  • Passenger seats with power adjustable lumbar support.

Cargo Capacity

The Lexus has quite a good amount of cargo volume on offer. At 12.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, the trunk of the Lexus ES300h can easily swallow a couple of large suitcases and some small bags. The good cargo storage capacity allows you to take your Lexus on long trips too.

Model Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 12.1 11.1 9.4

The Lexus has the largest luggage storage volume amongst its rivals. The MKZ Hybrid gets 11.1 cubic feet of cargo volume while the Q50 Hybrid gets 9.4 cubic feet of luggage storage volume.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Exterior

8.4/10

Once the very definition of a conservative sedan, the current-generation Lexus ES has taken on a bold new look with sleek lines and the aggressive Lexus "spindle" grille. With the revised front end introduced last year, the 2017 Lexus ES and ES hybrid fall right in line with the sporty Lexus IS and RC. The flared fenders and narrow windows give this Lexus a tough masculine look, and the lines flow smoothly from nose to tail. -KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and weight

The Lexus ES300h a beautiful car. It is 193.3 inches long, 71.7 inches wide and 57.1 inches tall. The proportionate dimensions give the car a commanding stance and offer it an excellent street presence. Moreover, the unique front grille inspired by Japanese origami give it a pleasant look. This car also gets a ground clearance of 5.9 inches just to ensure that it is not damaged while going over speed breakers and parking ramps.

Model Lexus ES 300h Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,682 3,871 3,999
Length(in) 193.3 194.1 188.3
Width(in) 71.7 73.4 71.8
Height(in) 57.1 58.1 56.8
Ground clearance (in) 5.9 5.0 5.1

The Lincoln is the longest, widest and the tallest car of the lot. It is followed by the Lexus and the Lexus is followed by the Infinity. At 3999 lbs., the Infinity is the heaviest car in the segment and is followed by the Lincoln and the Lexus. The IS300h is the lightest car amongst its rivals and weighs around 3682 lbs.

Exterior Features

Lexus has equipped the ES300h with lots of goodies and gizmos on the outside. Some of them are listed below.

  • Bi-LED headlamps.
  • Universal remote transmitter.
  • Front grill inspired from Japanese origami.
  • One touch trunk release.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Safety

The ES300h has been equipped with some great safety features and tech. It gets many advanced safety features like electronic stability control, anti lock braking system, driveline traction control, lane departure alert with steering lane keeping assist and forward collision warning as standard.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives an overall 5 Star rating. 

NHSTA Ratings

Overall Rating 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star
Side crash 5 star

Safety Features

  • 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
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Competition

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere vs Lexus ES 300h

The Lincoln is the American counterpart of the Lexus. The Lincoln makes uses a smaller engine and makes less power than the Lexus. Also, the Lincoln gets a lower passenger volume and cargo volume when compared to the Lexus.

On the flip side, the Lincoln has the better 0-60 MPH timings and also the better 60-0 MPH braking timings. The Lincoln and the Lexus have the same fuel economy ratings. Moreover, the Lincoln is almost $6000 cheaper than the Lexus. Sighting all the pluses and the minuses, the Lincoln slightly makes more sense than the Lexus. The Lincoln appears to be a more balanced package of the two and so if you have to pick between the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Lexus ES300h, then you should definitely go for the Lincoln.

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE vs Lexus ES 300h

The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE is the Asian rival of the Lexus. The Q50 Hybrid uses a larger, 3.5-litre engine and makes a whopping 360 horsepower which is 160 horsepower more than the Lexus. The Infiniti Q50 also has the better 0-60 MPH and quarter-mile acceleration timings. The Infinity, in spite of being the heaviest car in the segment, has the better braking figures than the Lexus and it also gets the bigger set of brakes.

On the other hand, the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE is priced at $47800 which is $6000 more than the Lexus. Also, the Infiniti gets the smallest trunk of the lot scoring low in terms of practicality. The Lexus scores big in terms of fuel economy and gets an excellent fuel efficiency rating of 40 MPG while the Infinity only gets a rating of 29 MPG.

It is pretty much a tie in this case. While the Lexus scores big in terms of fuel economy and practicality, the Infinity scores in terms of overall performance. If you really care for that extra bit of performance and don't mind shelling out 6000 bucks extra, then the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid LUXE is certainly the car for you. If you do care about practicality and economy then you should go for the Lexus ES300h.

2017 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Final Verdict

There is nothing really that you can complain about the 2017 Lexus ES300h. It is intricately designed, thoughtfully built and really looks upmarket. It's not just the looks but also the quality and the overall fit finish that are great and the ES300h sets the benchmark for its competitors.

The ES300h is a masterpiece of Japanese engineering. All the elements of the car just feel perfect and the car performs well in all the aspects. As said earlier, the ES300h is a perfect blend of performance, luxury, practicality, and economy. The Lexus might lack the snob of a Mercedes or an Audi or a BMW but at the end of the day, the ES300h offers great value for money.