2018 Lexus ES 300h

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$41,820–$41,820 MSRP range
(4.7) 6 reviews
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Key Specs

of the 2018 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 2018 Lexus ES 300h

  • Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect free for 10 years
  • Five-seat mid-size luxury sedan
  • 268-hp V-6 engine standard
  • Front-wheel drive
  • ES 300h hybrid available

2018 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, is available in two forms. 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 2018

Lexus' Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect are now free for the first 10 years of ownership.


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Most luxurious and reliable car I have owned

by Louisech from Normandy Park, Wa on April 19, 2018

This car met all my needs; plenty of leg room, hybrid, beautiful interior and exterior, comfortable and quiet. I test drove several other hybrids and this one was the most comfortable and easiest to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Lexus 300h does the job very well!

by Bear Down from Bonita Springs, FL. on April 11, 2018

The car is what I was seeking to replace my Lincoln MKS. It gets outstanding gas mileage, has cockpit seating as comfortable as the MKS had, rides well, is relatively outside noise free, has all of ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 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 Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lexus

Program Benefits

Every L/Certified vehicle now comes with an unlimited-mileage warranty up to 6 years, complimentary maintenance plan. Each L/Certified Pre-Owned Lexus must pass a rigorous inspection and be thoroughly reconditioned to meet the same high standards as a new Lexus. Exclusively at a Lexus dealership.

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Mileage Warranty Up To 6 Years

    Warranty is valid for a minimum of two years/unlimited mileage after the expiration of 4 yr/50,000 mile new vehicle Basic Warranty, or two years from L/Certified purchase or lease date, whichever occurs later.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 161 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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