2017 Lexus ES 300h

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Lexus ES 300h. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    40 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    156-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior design
  • Bright instruments
  • No touch-sensitive panels
  • App-compatible multimedia system

The Bad

  • Overpowering spindle grille
  • Remote Touch interface
  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Unremarkable hybrid gas mileage estimates

Notable Features of the 2017 Lexus ES 300h

  • Lexus Safety System Plus now standard
  • Five-seat midsize luxury sedan
  • 268-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Front-wheel drive
  • ES 300h hybrid version available

2017 Lexus ES 300h Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Lexus' popular ES, a premium sedan that plays up luxury over sportiness, received a range of updates last year. The car received additional structural reinforcements to improve body stiffness and handling, Lexus says, while more dashboard insulation aimed to hush engine noise. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine while the hybrid ES 300h gets a gas-electric powertrain. Competitors include the Acura TLX and Buick LaCrosse.
New for 2017
The Lexus Safety System Plus is now standard. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights. The Remote Touch controller also adds a Back button.
Significant Standard Features

  • 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (ES 350)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Distinctive spindle grille
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • 17-inch alloy wheels 
  • Power moonroof
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors produce 200 hp total (ES 300h)
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission 
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Power trunk lid
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Lexus' popular ES, a premium sedan that plays up luxury over sportiness, received a range of updates last year. The car received additional structural reinforcements to improve body stiffness and handling, Lexus says, while more dashboard insulation aimed to hush engine noise. The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine while the hybrid ES 300h gets a gas-electric powertrain. Competitors include the Acura TLX and Buick LaCrosse.
New for 2017
The Lexus Safety System Plus is now standard. It includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights. The Remote Touch controller also adds a Back button.
Significant Standard Features

  • 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (ES 350)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Distinctive spindle grille
  • Fog lights
  • Heated side mirrors
  • 17-inch alloy wheels 
  • Power moonroof
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors produce 200 hp total (ES 300h)
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission 
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Power trunk lid

Latest 2017 ES 300h Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most comfortable car I?ve owned

by Ksyn from Los Angeles, CA on June 3, 2018

Comfort on long motor trips was a prime consideration in purchasing this car and it has completely met that need. We?ve driven over 17,000 Miles in 12 months mostly on trips between Los Angeles and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfort for all passengers in this amazing vehicle

by Janicebucz from Lake Mary. FL on June 3, 2018

Love the car... comfort, drive, and all unique details. But mostly, I love that it is a Hybrid and and environmentally friendly. We are having a carbon impact. We average 38 mpg. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Lexus ES 300h currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Lexus ES 300h Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Dealer Certification Required

    161-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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