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2016 Lexus ES 300h

$26,711 — $36,619 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
40 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Lexus' popular ES, a premium sedan that plays up luxury over sportiness, received a range of updates at the 2015 Shanghai auto show. As we expected last week, the ES is an update of the current generation, not a full redesign. The car has additional structural reinforcements to improve body stiffness and handling, Lexus says, while more dashboard insulation aims to hush engine noise.

ExteriorThe ES wears an updated version of Lexus' "spindle" grille, with more visual continuity between the upper and lower sections. New LED headlights separate L-shaped daytime running lights into offset sections. Vertical brightwork now frames the fog lights, which sit higher and closer to the car's corners.

The taillights have a more-distinctive "L" shape within their frames, but apart from that, the sedan's rear design mostly carries over. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard. The ES 350 has optional 20s; the outgoing car topped out at 18s.

InteriorThe ES' new steering wheel has a smaller hub, more-prominent spokes and more controls. The dashboard carries over last year's layered approach, but areas around the center tunnel add some stitched trim, and the gated transmission shifter now has a leather boot, to, uh, boot.

It's good to see the ES went the way of the redesigned RX, rejecting capacitive temperature controls (RC, IS) and the trackpad-style version of Lexus' Remote Touch Interface (RC, NX) that's irked some Cars.com edito...

Vehicle Overview

Lexus' popular ES, a premium sedan that plays up luxury over sportiness, received a range of updates at the 2015 Shanghai auto show. As we expected last week, the ES is an update of the current generation, not a full redesign. The car has additional structural reinforcements to improve body stiffness and handling, Lexus says, while more dashboard insulation aims to hush engine noise.

ExteriorThe ES wears an updated version of Lexus' "spindle" grille, with more visual continuity between the upper and lower sections. New LED headlights separate L-shaped daytime running lights into offset sections. Vertical brightwork now frames the fog lights, which sit higher and closer to the car's corners.

The taillights have a more-distinctive "L" shape within their frames, but apart from that, the sedan's rear design mostly carries over. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard. The ES 350 has optional 20s; the outgoing car topped out at 18s.

InteriorThe ES' new steering wheel has a smaller hub, more-prominent spokes and more controls. The dashboard carries over last year's layered approach, but areas around the center tunnel add some stitched trim, and the gated transmission shifter now has a leather boot, to, uh, boot.

It's good to see the ES went the way of the redesigned RX, rejecting capacitive temperature controls (RC, IS) and the trackpad-style version of Lexus' Remote Touch Interface (RC, NX) that's irked some Cars.com editors. Instead, it has physical climate controls and the older — and more sensible — knob-style RTI, now with separate "enter" buttons along each side.

Lexus' NuLuxe faux-leather upholstery is standard. Optional leather comes in regular or semi-aniline grades. Available trim includes piano black, wood or matte-finish bamboo.


Under the HoodWhile international versions of the ES have some powertrain changes (including the ES 200, pictured), engines in the U.S. carry over. The ES 350 gets a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, while the ES 300h hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors for 200 hp combined. The ES 350 has a six-speed automatic, while the ES 300h has a continuously variable transmission; both transmissions drive the front wheels.

SafetyLexus' new Lexus Safety System Plus combines adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking into a single option package.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)
(5.0)

Reliable, comfortable, economical.

by Sly from NJ on November 25, 2017

Reliable, comfortable, economical. What more need I say? I would recommend this vehicle to all family, friends, and associates as well as total strangers. Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable, comfortable, economical. What more need

by Sly from NJ on November 24, 2017

Reliable, comfortable, economical. What more need I say? I would recommend this vehicle to all family, friends, and associates as well as total strangers. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Lexus ES 300h currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Lexus ES 300h Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
4 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
4 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lexus

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ES 300h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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