Lexus ES 300h 2013

This car is an entry-level luxury sedan that gets great gas mileage (40 mpg), has plenty of room inside and has lots of luxury features. Lots of them. Many features were offered as individual options, so there can be a lot of differences between different vehicles.

It shares the same platform as the gasoline-powered ES 350 and Toyota Camry. The 2.5-liter engine and electric motors generate a maximum of 200 horsepower. Packaged in a front-wheel-drive car that weighs almost 3,700 pounds, that much power is merely adequate by today’s standards, but due to the torque characteristics of an electric motor, it gets off the line quite nicely.

A long list of safety features includes Lexus Safety Connect, a telematics system with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location and an emergency assist button. Options include parking assist, lane departure and blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control (which maintains a specific distance behind the vehicle in front), and much more.

Lexus quality has been ranked Number One in the J. D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for the past five years in a row, and this car is no exception. We found a Technical Service Bulletin that calls for reprogramming the engine control unit to correct a camshaft timing problem, but that’s the most serious issue with this car so far. The dealership is best equipped to handle repairs to most of the options and luxury features, but any repair shop that’s properly equipped to service a Toyota Prius can easily perform normal maintenance on this Lexus.

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