2019 LEXUS ES 300h Road Test, Review

 

Introduction:

LEXUS quietly let loose the brand new ES saloon with no fuss or fanfare.

Some say it is pretty, others say it is busy. I think the handsome coupe-like profile looks the business.

The smooth riding LEXUS comes only in a hybrid drivetrain with two trim levels, Luxury and Sports Luxury. It has been lavished with technology, comfort, and design.

2019 Lexus EX 300h Sports Luxury

Much of what you now experience has been borrowed from the LS Saloon and LC Coupe. Although they are rear wheel drive and ES is front wheel drive, the latest LEXUS is meant to be no less enjoyable from the driver’s seat than it is from any of the passenger seats.

Did LEXUS succeed in their aim?

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Exterior

The all-new ES is the Japanese car maker’s mid-size sedan. It continues a long line of ES models which many have termed “a fancy Camry.” Both use the same TNGA (GA-K) platform and share much of the same technology, but there it ends.

17” alloys are standard, with 18” on the top model. The roof is lower by 5mm. Width has been increased by 45mm, and the wheelbase is 50mm longer. For those wanting a big boot, you’re in luck. It is now a generous 454L. The boot gets auto opening on Sport Luxury.

A complex hourglass grille and headlights follows the signature look of the LS and LC coupe. It can be polarising, and some will not like it. ES is in-your-face, building on the group’s president, Akio Toyoda’s wish, not to “build boring cars any longer.”

As you move along the doors, you pass a coupe-like silhouette to a voluptuous rear end that squats over the wheels like a cat ready to pounce. Adaptive Matrix headlights are standard on the top model with both grades gaining LEDs on both beams. L shaped daytime running continue the corporate look. If you look hard, you’ll find “L” shapes all over every LEXUS model. That’s what LEXUS says, but I’m fairly sure you’ll find angles on most cars, it isn’t as if you could avoid it.