2015 Lexus ES 300h
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2015 Lexus ES Buyer's Guide
Ostensibly an “entry luxury” sedan, the 2015 Lexus ES300h actually showcases the kind of technologies and premium cabin environments found on vehicles that are both bigger and more expensive that this carefully crafted mid-sized entry. For example, despite its actual footprint, and sleekly aerodynamic exterior shape, the interior of the ES300h delivers 40 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers. And while it previously featured high-tech amenities like Enform App Suite, to enjoy smartphone apps within the car, the ES300h now adds an available Enform Remote service, to control key vehicle systems from without, using a smartphone app.
It’s almost enough to make you forget that the ES300h relies on an advanced high-efficiency propulsion system that makes it the best-selling hybrid luxury sedan in the United States.
What makes it move?
As configured for the 2015 Lexus ES300h, the Lexus Hybrid Drive system integrates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, running on the efficiency-enhancing Atkinson cycle, along with a permanent-magnet electric-drive motor and hybrid battery pack. With that setup paired to a continuously variable transmission, owners can enjoy EPA grades of up to 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway/40 mpg combined, as well as a total of 200 hp and enough torque to make the ES300h a “joy to drive”—although Lexus does not provide an exact total here.
Why buy the 2015 Lexus ES?
The 2015 Lexus ES300h serves up its share of exquisite luxury cues, and certainly enough to surprise its passengers, but the real surprise is its superior EPA ratings, made all the more unexpected because the car relies on just a few subtle style enhancements to stand out from its traditionally powered ES350 sibling. Among them: exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels with a split-five-spoke design, a lip spoiler to enhance its ultra-slippery 0.27 Cd, unique blue “hybrid” badging, an unobtrusively placed rear exhaust outlet, and a multi-mode drive system with settings for “Normal,” “Sport,” “Eco,” and “EV,” the last of which allows drivers a limited, but usable, low-speed all-electric driving range.
It’s also worth noting that the 2015 Lexus ES300h received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).