2019 Lexus ES 300h

2019 Lexus ES 300h
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2019 Lexus ES 300h
Save up to $2,099

What’s new

  • Fully redesigned for 2019
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Upgraded technology, safety features and driver aids
  • More passenger and cargo space
  • Part of the seventh ES generation introduced for 2019

Pros

  • Excellent ride quality and quiet cabin
  • Good fuel economy for the size and power
  • Comfortable and mostly upscale interior

Cons

  • Finicky infotainment interface
  • Disappointing quality of a few interior plastics
  • Rear seats don't fold down
  • Acceleration is slow by luxury sedan standards
Lexus ES 300h years


Which ES 300h does Edmunds recommend?

The Lexus ES 300h comes well-equipped without needing anything else, and it's suitable if you're looking for luxury on a budget. But we recommend getting the Luxury trim, which adds leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, wood interior trim, and ambient interior lighting. We'd also check the box for the navigation system since it's the only way to get Apple CarPlay.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Hybrids typically fall into two price categories. On the lower end are fuel-sipping eco-hatchbacks. Pay more and you'll open the doors to performance luxury vehicles, which use the electric motor's extra power to produce enviable acceleration. The 2019 Lexus ES 300h is one of the few cars that compete in between. Its large, roomy cabin is undeniably more upscale than a standard hybrid's, but its price is barely higher than that of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid upon which it is based. The Lexus can't beat its German rivals in terms of outright speed, but it undercuts the competition by thousands of dollars, and its modest four-cylinder engine is undeniably more fuel-efficient.

The ES 300h and the similar V6-powered ES 350 are redesigned for 2019. The sedan is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, allowing for an increased wheelbase to give it more passenger legroom. The relocated battery pack, now residing under the rear seats, means the ES 300h has the same trunk space as the ES 350.

Inside, many of the touch points have been lifted from more expensive Lexuses, giving the ES an even more premium vibe than before. The technology interface continues to be a sore spot, though the availability of Apple CarPlay makes it less aggravating than in years past. Still, the touchpad controller is more finicky and less precise than the knob controller favored by rivals.

For a deeper dive into the improvements and additions to both 2019 Lexus ES models, be sure to read our First Drive.

The 2019 Lexus ES 300h is a marked improvement over its predecessor, with a nicer interior and more passenger and cargo room. It doesn't have many direct competitors — the 2019 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the only other like-minded luxury midsize in this price range — and we think buyers looking to step up from everyday hybrids will enjoy its enticing blend of luxury and value.

2019 Lexus ES 300h configurations

The 2019 Lexus ES 300h is a midsize luxury sedan sold in three main trim levels with numerous available features packages and stand-alone options. Note that some options and configurations may be limited depending on where the car is purchased.

The ES 300h features a hybrid powertrain (a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired to an electric motor) that produces 215 total system horsepower. Those who prefer a bit more oomph under the hood are encouraged to check out the similar V6-powered 2019 Lexus ES 350.

Standard features on the 2019 Lexus ES 300h include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a digital instrument panel, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, onboard Wi-Fi, an 8-inch central display, three USB ports, and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite radio.

Every ES 300h also comes with a wealth of advanced safety features, including a rearview camera, automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and mitigation, and a pre-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

On the base ES, you can order the optional Premium package, which adds automatic wipers, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, and heated and ventilated front seats.

The Luxury trim includes those upgrades, plus heated mirrors, sound-reducing side windows, leather upholstery, ambient lighting and genuine wood trim. The Ultra Luxury package pulls out all the stops with hands-free trunk release, upgraded leather upholstery, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, and special chassis dampers that help absorb vibrations when cornering.

Notable stand-alone options include 18-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, adaptive suspension dampers, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear pedestrian alert with automatic braking, a 360-degree parking camera, and a wireless charging pad. An optional navigation system is paired with a larger 12.3-inch display screen and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our First Drive of the 2019 Lexus ES 300h (2.5L 4-cyl hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).

Driving

The powertrain hasn't changed much from the previous model; buyers probably won't notice the 15-horsepower bump. Clearly, this engine is tuned more for efficiency than performance, which is what competing luxury hybrids offer. A stiffer chassis makes the new model marginally more fun to drive.

Comfort

Additional sound-deadening material and sound-reducing glass make the cabin whisper-silent. The seats are quite comfortable and offer heating and seat ventilation if you order any of the luxury-themed option packages.

Interior

Lexus increased the ES' wheelbase by 2 inches, making the already roomy interior even more cavernous. There is plenty of legroom all around, though tall rear passengers might feel cramped by the swoopy roofline. Materials quality is much improved, though there are still a few plastic panels that don't quite make the grade.

Utility

Relocating the battery under the rear seat frees up trunk space. Trunk space is now the same as the gas-only ES 350. The rear seats do not fold down to increase the size of the cargo area, which is otherwise pretty roomy by segment standards.

Technology

A lengthy list of advanced safety features is standard; only blind-spot monitoring and a few exotic driver aids cost extra. The infotainment system is difficult to use, although the new touchpad controller is slightly less maddening than the previous mouse setup. Apple CarPlay is newly optional.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$43,965
MPG
44 city / 45 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
215 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$41,310
MPG
44 city / 45 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
215 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$44,960
MPG
44 city / 45 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Hybrid
215 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite ES 300h safety features:

Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
Bundles a variety of standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
Panoramic View Monitor
Displays a 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle to aid in parking maneuvers.
Blind Spot Monitor
Warns the driver if a vehicle is in the ES 300h's blind spot.

Lexus ES 300h vs. the competition

2019 Lexus ES 300h

2019 Lexus ES 300h

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h vs. Toyota Avalon Hybrid

The Lexus ES 300h is essentially a more luxury-oriented version of the already fairly upscale Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Both are new for 2019 and benefit from a ton of new technology and safety features. The Lexus has nicer interior appointments, while the Avalon's touchscreen infotainment system is much easier to use on a day-to-day basis.

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Lexus ES 300h vs. Lexus ES 350

The main difference between these two cars is the engine. Instead of a hybrid powertrain, the ES 350 uses Lexus' tried and true 3.5-liter V6. The ES 350 is much less fuel-efficient — its city rating is half that of the ES 300h — but it's also quicker and the sticker price is lower.

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Lexus ES 300h vs. BMW 5 Series

The ES 300h and the BMW 5 Series take vastly different approaches to midsize hybrid luxury sedans. The ES 300h has a fairly low starting price, a typical hybrid powertrain and remarkable fuel efficiency. The 5 Series is a more performance-oriented plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 15 miles before the gas engine kicks on. It also has a quick 0-60 mph time and a much higher price tag.

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2019 Lexus ES 300h for Sale

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Lexus ES 300h 2019 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Lexus ES 300h 2019 Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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MSRP: $50,678

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More about the 2019 Lexus ES 300h
2019 Lexus ES 300h Overview

The 2019 Lexus ES 300h is offered in the following submodels: ES 300h Sedan. Available styles include Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Ultra Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Lexus ES 300h?

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,165. The average price paid for a new 2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,099 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is4.2% below the MSRP.

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