My wife and I purchased this car 2 weeks ago and we have nearly 1000 miles on it already. We are generally very pleased with it. It has a ton of room in the front and rear seats. It is very quiet, the ride is excellent and the handling is capable. We anticipate the fuel mileage will be in the 40 range when we stop playing with it. Currently we are getting 36MPH in mixed driving. The controls are well thought out but the Lexus Enform and Navigation Tech is taking a little getting use to. I hope they will update the software with some better navigation of the menus. But the Tech is still very cool. The Hybrid system rocks! Changes from motor to battery with hardly a notice! Its a keeper.
I've been driving this car for about three months now and I finally feel as if I'm qualified to write a review. I'm coming from a BMW 525i 2005 model. Overall it compares favorably. It's not as sporty as a BMW. Signature Lexus features such as mushy steering, floaty suspension and certain accents you know they got from a Toyota. I paid $47k out the door for the luxury option model with heated/cooled seats, parking assist, side sensors, smart cruise control, voice command, GPS, etc. About the mileage. I'm getting 37 on the city and 42 on the highway for about 39-40 combined. You need to learn how to drive this car for efficiency if you want the full hybrid mileage advantages.
First time Lexus and Hybrid Owner - former "German-Only" car buyer
written on 09-30-2012
4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I was in the market for a vehicle that had a roomy back seat and good fuel economy and AWD or front-wheel drive for driving in snow. I had a VW CC and looked at the Passat Diesel and Audi A8L. I've owned only German vehicles because I like how they drive (Mercedes GL320, Porsche Boxter, VW Touareg, CC, and GTI). The new 2013 Lexus ES300 caught my eye because of the 40 inch rear leg room, and 40 mpg in city and highway. Plus, it uses regular fuel. My German cars required premium fuel and diesel is not always convenient. I never cared for the Lexus styling as I thought it was rather bland. However, the new horizontal dash resembles the BMW styling and is much more stylish than the VW.
Bought my car in September 2013,traded in my 2007 ES350. First thing I noticed is a strong thumping noise when you start the car and put it in reverse when backing out of the driveway. The same thumping noise is repeated when the car is in idle like when waiting for the traffic light to change like the battery is switching to gas. I usually drive the car on ECO mode but I have never reached the 39 to 40 mpg advertised, my car is only averaging 30 mpg and on a average speed of only 29mph. I have the parchment interior which get dirty in no time. Interior amenities not as generous as the older ES350. Overall the car is satisfactory but not worth the premium price over the ES350.
Ok, everything is great, except the darn front seats. The front seat cushion side bolsters dig into my hips and thighs. It gets annoying and makes me want to dump the car. Last years model had fantastic seats for the butt. I am not fat - in fact I am skinny and tall, and in my early 40's. If you have a slightly larger than average butt, you better sit in this awhile. I do not like it and mad that I have to "get used to it" I want everyone to know that this is something to look at, and what I consider a design mistake
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.