2022 Lexus ES 300h

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$42,150

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

44
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

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5

Seating capacity

195.9” x 56.9”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2022 Lexus ES 300h trim comparison will help you decide.

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2022 Lexus ES 300h review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Acura TLX, Cadillac CT5, Infiniti Q50, Toyota Avalon

Looks like: The 2021 ES with some very subtle updates

Powertrains: 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive (ES 250); 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with eight-speed auto, front-wheel drive (ES 350); 215-system-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and electric motor with continuously variable automatic transmission, FWD (ES 300h)

Hits dealerships: Late fall

We celebrated when Lexus added touchscreen displays to its popular RX line of SUVs, which eliminated the need to use a confusing and easily distracting touchpad controller to operate many of the car’s functions. The brand is continuing its touchscreen evolution by installing them in its updated 2022 ES sedans, while also giving the exterior a very mild touch-up and adding a new F Sport trim level to the ES 300h hybrid.

Related: 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD Review: A Peculiar but Needed Lexus ES

Exterior

When we say “very mild touch-up,” we mean it. The headlights are redesigned bi-LED units that are standard on all ES models, and every ES but the F Sport variants gets a new grille mesh pattern. The wheels, which range from standard 17-inchers to optional 18s or F Sport-exclusive 19s are redesigned, as well. Without a 2021 ES next to a 2022, though, it’ll be tough to tell them apart.

Interior

The addition of a touchscreen is the big news inside the 2022 ES. An 8.0-inch unit will be standard and a 12.3-inch display optional. As in the RX, Lexus has also moved the display location forward — 4.3 inches in the ES — to make it easier to use as a touchscreen. The touchpad controller is still on the center console for those who want to control the screen functions in that manner or for those who can’t reach the touchscreen. Having been in the new RX with the touchscreen, however, I did my best to avoid the touchpad; it’s difficult to use and potentially distracting, and the touchscreen interface is a significant improvement over the touchpad. Lexus says it has also updated the instrument panel design for 2022.

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Carryover Power

In contrast to the interior, Lexus hasn’t announced any engine updates for the ES line. The all-wheel-drive ES 250 will use the same 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with eight-speed automatic transmission from 2021. The more powerful front-wheel-drive ES 350 has a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood and also uses an eight-speed auto. Hybrid shoppers can choose the ES 300h and its 215 system hp from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor; instead of an eight-speed, the ES 300h uses a continuously variable automatic transmission.

New for the more enthusiast-oriented hybrid shopper is the ES 300h F Sport that, according to Lexus, will be sold in “Western states” for the 2022 model year. On the ES 300h, however, the F Sport trim is mostly an appearance package: It gets darker, sportier exterior trim pieces and badging, a rear spoiler and black 19-inch wheels on the outside, and an F Sport-specific steering wheel, front seats, pedals, gear selector and gauges.

A Dynamic Handling Package is available on the ES 350 F Sport, adding an adaptive suspension and additional Sport Plus and Custom drive modes; previously, the adaptive suspension with Sport Plus mode was a stand-alone option. The new package also adds Intuitive Parking Assist, which doesn’t seem all that related to sportier driving but is a nice-to-have feature.

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Safety

The 2022 ES comes standard with Lexus Safety Sense Plus 2.5. New in version 2.5 is Intersection Turning Assist, which can detect oncoming traffic when making a left turn or pedestrians during left and right turns and, if necessary, automatically activate the brakes to avoid or mitigate a collision. It also adds Emergency Steering Assist to enhance steering inputs during evasive maneuvers, and Lexus says the adaptive cruise control has improved behavior when passing a slower vehicle.

Pricing and Release Date

Lexus will announce pricing for the updated 2022 ES closer to its on-sale date, which will be sometime later in the fall.

Related Video: 2019 Lexus ES: First Drive

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Stunning Vehicle

Stunning vehicle! Extremely well built. Quiet as a mouse. Even at full throttle not noisy. Fit and finish is amazing. Performance is above average with no complaints. Sound system will run you out of the car! Safety nannies are abundant.

5.0

2022 Lexus ES300H Luxury

We had a 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited. In January 2022 we ordered a new 2022 Avalon Limited. Flash forward 5 months and Toyota said they won't be building the car we ordered. We went down the street to a Lexus dealer because we knew the Lexus ES 300H was very much like the Avalon we had. They didn't have one. We got put on a list so the next one that came in we could look at it. 3 weeks later we got a call. We bought it. ES 300H Luxury model. We have had the car for under 3 months. We love it. The ride is wonderful. Love the large touchscreen. We do miss the folding down rear seats. Overall we are very satisfied.

5.0

Missed our sedan

Pre pandemic we had a 2010 Subaru Legacy and a 2011 Toyota 4Runner. Work from home allowed us to pass down the legacy to the kids. Picked up 2022 ES300h and realized how much we missed the sedan. The Subaru had a 6-cylinder but this hybrid feels just as quick but WAY better fuel economy and a much smoother ride. Everyone seems to like this car and for good reason.

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Safety

Based on the 2022 Lexus ES 300h base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
10.5%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Lexus
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase. Coverage begins after completion of the 4-year/50,000 new vehicle Basic Warranty.
Dealer certification required
161-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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