2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury Review: Hitting The Reset Button

Verdict 6.6 / 10

With the barrage of sports sedans currently on sale today wearing extra M and AMG badges, it’s easy to be overcome by performance. So when the opportunity comes along to drive a buttery-smooth pure luxury sedan that stands in contrast to the others, you appreciate every minute of it. And as old-school luxury sedans go, the increasingly modern 2019 Lexus ES 300h is a cushy alternative to Germany’s hardcore sport sedans.

Over the course of the six-hour road trip from Motor1.com’s Miami, Florida office to the Lexus Performance Driving School at Daytona International Speedway, the hybrid-powered ES proved a comfortable, enjoyable companion with a pleasantly smooth powertrain. Its sporty new look, meanwhile, is effectively a reset on the ES’ boring reputation.

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Pricing 8/10

My ES 300h Luxury rang in at $45,200, including destination and options. The middle-tier Luxury trim starts, though, at $43,965, a $2,655 premium over the ES 300h’s $41,310 base price.

Opting for the Luxury trim brings perforated leather-trimmed seats with heating and ventilation functions up front, real wood trim, rain-sensing wipers, and a rear spoiler. Big ticket items like navigation, a Mark Levinson sound system, and extra safety goodies are packaged options that ...