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2018 Lexus ES 300h

$41,820 — $41,820 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
40 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 8 reviews

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
2018 Lexus ES 300h exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)
(5.0)

Great car and a great deal

by sis8198 from SLC, UT on August 1, 2018

After test driving other hybrid cars, I was frustrated by the car quality for the lease value and incentives. I was amazed by the drive and feel of the Lexus and equally surprised by the lease rate ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable ride I've owned.

by Bob B from Olympia, WA on July 31, 2018

Comfortable ride, extremely quiet, technologically advanced. Very nice car. Love having a hybrid. Feel like I got a very good value for the money spent. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h currently has 0 recalls


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.

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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