When it was launched in 1989, Lexus had no idea how popular its ES models would become. By early 2019, the Japanese carmaker had sold more than 2.3 million ES models. Since its inception, the car has focused on one thing: being an incredible machine that defines the luxury car market. Traditional drivers looking to purchase or lease an eco-conscious luxury coupe will discover the new ES 300h to be more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before, while a new customer generation will find a saloon with sharp performance, class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment. In the United States, the ES has been the best-selling Lexus sedan for over fifteen years. 43,292 ES models were sold in America in 2020. The new 7th Gen ES debuted in April of 2021.
The 2022 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid midsize sedan comes in four trims: ES 300h (MSRP: $41,900.00), ES 300h F Sport (MSRP: $45,450.00), ES 300h Luxury (MSRP: $47,300.00), and ES 300h Ultra Luxury (MSRP: $51,080.00).
Says Lexus UK Magazine: “Traditional buyers will find the new ES 300h more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before, while a new generation of customers will find a saloon with sharp performance, class-leading safety technology and a level of craftsmanship rarely found in this market segment.”
MPG for the ES 300h is decent: 43/44/44 City/Highway/Combined. Total range is excellent at 581 miles.
Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have become standard. The ES Hybrid’s active safety technologies have been upgraded to the Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, which adds Intersection Turning Assist and some basic improvements to existing features.
Standard infotainment features include: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration, a 10-speaker Pioneer stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB ports, voice recognition, and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display.
Says Lexus: “The sleek, coupe-like silhouette of the ES has been refined even further for 2022. It features a provocative new grille pattern and elegantly redesigned LED headlamps for striking illumination.”
2022 restyles include:
• Headlights, grille, and wheels
• A retuned braking system and rear suspension
• Expansion of F Sport trim to ES 300h hybrid model
• A new Dynamic Handling Package for ES 350 F Sport
• Upgraded infotainment system with touchscreen control
• Next-generation Lexus Safety System 2.5+ advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS)
• Iridium and Cloudburst Gray paint colors
Edmunds experts say: “The 2022 Lexus ES 300h occupies a strange place in the market — most luxury sedans at the $40,000-$45,000 price point are small, sporty four-doors, but the ES 300h is a spacious, front-wheel-drive cruiser with few sporty pretensions. It offers stellar fuel economy, a tremendous amount of features and space for the money, and a great value as long as you aren't expecting a rewarding driving experience. The Lexus ES 300h has always been a solid pick if you want a spacious, luxurious and fuel-efficient sedan at a reasonable price. The 2022 model's newly revised technology offerings and available sporty appearance package only add to its appeal.”
Concerning the ES interior, thecarconnection.com’s Robert Duffer says: “The cabin favors front-seat occupants with soft leather or convincing synthetic upholstery. Comfy power bucket seats with available heating and cooling ease fatigue during longer rides, and the leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel never gets old. Open pore walnut trim contrasts with aluminum on the dash in warm elegance, but the stack of touchscreen, HVAC controls, CD player, and the console touchpad busies the center stack design. Once you get everything set how you like it, and only need to rely on the steering wheel controls, it’s an oasis of calm on road trips, abetted by laminated front windows and other sound deadening techniques that isolate road and wind noise from the cabin.”
The ES has received a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA, including a 4-star frontal protection rating. The IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick. Top ES models with LED headlights level up to a TSP+.
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2021
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