2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan
- 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
- Excellent ride quality and quiet cabin
- Good fuel economy for the size and power
- Comfortable and mostly upscale interior
- Finicky infotainment interface
- Disappointing quality of a few interior plastics
- Rear seats don't fold down
- Acceleration is slow by luxury sedan standards
2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which ES 300h does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
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.
Features & Specs
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 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.
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.
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 Sedan for Sale
It doesn't seem like that long ago when hybrid cars were novelties for early adopters. Now they are commonplace, aimed primarily at the midprice family market. Where hybrids are in short supply is the entry-level luxury class, and that makes the 2019 Lexus ES 300h stand out. The hybrid ES prioritizes fuel economy over dynamic performance but never forgets that it is a luxury sedan. And it offers up all the comforts and amenities found in the non-hybrid, V6-powered Lexus ES 350.
The ES 300h is roomy and relaxing, even compared to its competition. Interior trim fit and finish are impeccable, and the back seat is generously sized. We are less enamored by the Remote Touch interface. While the idea of a touchpad controller is unusual, it is not well-suited for operation in a moving car. It requires too much attention be taken away from the road. If cutting-edge infotainment technology is a priority, we recommend spending plenty of time with the system during your test drive.
Fuel economy is the ES 300h's raison d'être, and the powertrain is similar to the one found in its Toyota Camry Hybrid cousin. It uses a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Beneath the hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to Toyota's proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Total output is 215 horsepower. Rivals that use a plug-in hybrid powertrain are generally more performance-oriented and much more fleet-footed.
But we don't mind giving up a little power for the sort of fuel economy the ES 300h returns. The EPA rates the Lexus ES 300h at 44 mpg combined (43 city/45 highway), figures that are about 10 percent higher than the ratings for last year's model. All-electric operation at low speed enhances the trademark refinement of the ES, but the cabin is even library-quiet at highway speeds. Ride quality along those highways is much improved over last year.
Lexus offers the ES 300h in a single trim level that includes most of what we expect from a modern-day luxury sedan. That includes the high-quality simulated leather upholstery so prevalent in luxury cars on the market today. Additional options — including navigation, alternate interior trim choices and genuine cowhide — are bundled into packages. The content and availability of those packages can vary by region, however. If you're considering this fuel-efficient luxury sedan, Edmunds can help you find the perfect 2019 Lexus ES 300h.
2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan Overview
The 2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan is offered in the following styles: 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 Sedan?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 ES 300h Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including Luxury, Base, Ultra Luxury, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan here.
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2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
The 2019 Lexus ES 300h Sedan 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 Sedan Luxury 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $2,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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