If you are familiar with the traditional elegance of Lexus ES, the fully redesigned 2019 model may throw you for a loop. But there’s no need to fear because the 2019 Lexus ES 300h has an aggressive new look, better performance and new attitude, but continues its reputation of being calm, reliable and comfortable. It’s longer, lower and wider, which gives it a more sporty profile and really spacious inside.
The 2019 Lexus ES 300h are available in three trim levels: base, Luxury and Ultra Luxury. Even in its base form, the ES 300h is well-equipped. It has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlight and taillight, a power moonroof, NuLuxe synthetic leather, dual-zone climate control, and 10-way power-adjustable front seat. Buyers also get a touch-pad interface, a 7-inch display, a 10-speaker audio system and three USB ports.
Every 2019 Lexus ES 300h come with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, lane-tracing assist, 10 airbags, and more. Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, and memory settings are optional.
Under the hood, the 2019 Lexus ES 300h features a hybrid powertrain which is now more powerful and more fuel-efficient than they were last year. It consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor that produces 215 total system horsepower. Power sent to the front wheel through a continuously variable-speed automatic (CVT). Combined fuel economy has increased by four mpg (40 to 44) from last year’s model.
Despite the power increase, the 2019 Lexus ES 300h was a bit slower than its predecessor. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds (0.5 sec slower).
2.5-liter inline-4 + hybrid electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery with CVT
176 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (gasoline engine alone)
Total system output: 215 horsepower
163 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600-5,200 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 43/45 mpg
The 2019 Lexus ES 300h is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $42,335 or $480 lower than last year. The Luxury starts at $47,335, while the Ultra Luxury has a base price of $51,235.