Deep 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).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
There'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.
Modest dive, medium-soft pedal, consistently average stops. I felt no indication of "hybridness" nor battery weight here at all.
Slalom: 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.