2013 Lexus ES 300h Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Lexus ES 300h - Road Test Specs

2013 Lexus ES 300h sedan

(2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Lexus ES 300h 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$39,745
Options on test vehicleDeep Sea Mica Paint; Hard Disk Drive Navigation System With Back-Up Monitor ($2,625 -- includes HDD navigation package with advanced voice command, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Lexus Enform 2.0 with Safety Connect with one-year trial subscription including Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assist Button (SOS), enhanced roadside assistance, Destination Assist, eDestination and Enform App Suite, Lexus Insider, Remote Touch navigation controller, SiriusXM with NavTraffic, NavWeather, one-year trial subscription); Luxury Package ($1,370 -- includes bamboo wood trim, wood-trimmed shift knob, memory function for driver seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, power tilt-and-telescoping wood steering wheel, remote keyless entry-linked memory, heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trimmed interior); High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps ($515); Intuitive Parking Assist ($500 -- includes front and rear parking sensors); Blind Spot Monitor With Rear Cross Traffic Alert ($500); Wood and Leather Trimmed Shift Knob and Heated Steering Wheel ($450); Power Rear Sunshade ($210); Carpet Trunk Mat ($105); Cargo Net ($64).
As-tested MSRP$46,084
Assembly locationToyota Motor Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine combined with electric motor(s), front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,494/152
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline, indicated (rpm)5,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)156 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)156 @ 4,500
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Hybrid typeSeries-parallel
Electric motor rating (kW)105
Combined horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5,700
System voltage650
Battery typeNickel-metal hydride
Battery voltage244.8
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)1.6
Transmission typePlanetary gearset-regulated continuously variable transmission
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.54


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.8
Tire make and modelBridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Tire typeAll-season
Tire sizeP215/55R17 93V
Wheel size17-by-7 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.6-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear11-inch solid disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 89.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.4
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.5
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 89.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)129
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.3
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON60.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.7
@ Full throttle (dB)67.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)60.6
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,800

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's very little I can do to affect the outcome here. Fairly lazy getaway (as long as the engine is running) despite the pedal overlap. Smooth power delivery regardless of mode (didn't bother with EV or mega-Eco). Neat how the tach magically appears in the instrument cluster in Sport mode, though.
Braking commentsModest dive, medium-soft pedal, consistently average stops. I felt no indication of "hybridness" nor battery weight here at all.
Handling commentsSlalom: I never would've guessed ESC would go fully off in a Lexus (and especially not in an ES, and even more unlikely, a hybrid ES) but it does! It's fairly easy to get the car "slideways" but it's equally easy to gather it back up. Best technique was to avoid the slide and upset the car as little as possible n transition. Steering is light but precise. Skid pad: Unobtrusive ESC allows tires to howl just before it dabs and releases brakes. Steering is a little light and reluctant self-return to center. Stubborn understeer just beyond what otherwise feels like a remarkably well-balanced chassis.

Testing Conditions

Test date10/23/2012
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.2
Relative humidity (%)46.1
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.77
Wind (mph, direction)3.6, headwind
Odometer (mi.)753
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)40 city/39 highway/40 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)37.9
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2
Driving range (mi.)670.8

Audio and Advanced Technology

iPod/digital media compatibilityAM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, 8 speakers
Satellite radioStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming
Navigation systemOptional, 8-inch screen (measured diagonally), Remote Touch controller with adjustable haptic feedback.
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional Lexus Enform (1-year subscription)
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional front/rear sonar, back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional (not equipped)
Lane-departure monitoringOptional (not equipped)
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional (not equipped)
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,660
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,679
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.5/41.5
Length (in.)192.7
Width (in.)71.7
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)111.0
Track, front (in.)62.6
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.9
Legroom, rear (in.)40.0
Headroom, front (in.)37.5
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.0
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.1
GVWR (lbs.)4,740
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,080


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain6 years/70,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceFirst 5,000 miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles

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