For 2019, The Lexus ES 300 full-size sedan has a new redesign, aimed to bring in a new slew of buyers. It is still a luxury sedan that remains a bench mark in this sector defend by quality, engineering and reliability The ES300h hybrid model is powered by Lexus’ fourth-generation hybrid technology; a 2.5-liter four-Atkinson Cycle engine, delivering 215 horsepower combined between the gas engine and electric motor—a 15-hp boost from the previous ES. There is an all-new nickel metal hydride battery pack which is smaller than previous unit. It’s mounted under the backseat, so as not to swallow up trunk space. Fuel economy ratings are an impressive 5.5/5.2 (City/Hwy).
The ES 300h is priced from $47,000. However our gorgeous looking Nebula Grey Pearl tester came with the Ultra Luxury Package, an eye watering $14,500 option package that added such niceties as: Heated Steering Wheel, semi-aniline perforated leather interior trim, power open/close trunk* with kick sensor, lateral performance dampers ES 300h 18 inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Enform App Suite 2.0, Lexus Navigation, 12.3″ Display Screen, 17 Speaker Mark Levinson Premium Audio System, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Semi-Aniline, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light.
Also part of the package is: Touch-free Power Back Door, Clearance and Backup Sensors, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, Power Rear Window Sunshade, Rear Door Sunshade – Manual, Rear Door Sunshade – Birds Eye View Monitor, 10-inch Head-Up Display, Mirrors Linked to Seat Memory, Power-Adjustable Mirrors, Reverse Auto Tilt, , Triple LED Headlamps, and Ambient Lighting
The new interior, of the ES300 has look and feel that’s very well designed and finished. The materials and plastics are of superb quality as befits a Lexus. Rear sunshades as on our test car and the sumptuous rear seats offer limo like luxury in the back.
Overall, the 2019 Lexus ES300h is a wonderful luxury sedan with good performance, style and comfort. There is an enviable standard roster of safety, creature comforts and an even more upmarket cabin. Hybrid fuel economy is a high point, while reliability, build quality and reputation remain rock solid. Options add to the luxury- at a price, however the ES300h is a truly great car to drive and own. Top marks. A no brainer if you want luxury and efficiency. A recommended buy.
2019 Lexus ES300h Ultra luxury sedan: Priced from $47,000. Price as tested with options ($14,500.) and Freight, -$63,701.