• 2019 Lexus ES 300h

News: All-New 2019 Lexus ES 300h Due Next Month

Longer, Wider, Lower, But Most Imporant—More Fuel Efficient

The all-new 2019 Lexus ES arrives in showrooms in September. The seventh-generation model is longer, wider and slightly lower than its predecessor, and is surely the sportiest-looking ES ever. It’s also the most fuel-efficient, in hybrid form.

The familiar, huge spindle grill remains, but the rest of the front hugs it close, making it more harmonious. The faster roofline is lower than the Gen 6’s, but rear seat headroom is undiminished. There is more action on the sides and rear panel, as the sedate styling of the previous generation car is put to rest.

2019 Lexus ES 300h

The new ES gets an interior upgrade

Inside, the all new interior offers a dash with a huge center screen that favors the driver, leaving the view forward smooth and uncomplicated for the front passenger. Finally, you can get Apple CarPlay with the ES, but still no Android Auto.

The 2019 Lexus ES shares the Toyota Camry and Avalon’s new global architecture, called the GA-K platform, and with it some mechanical upgrades that make it a more responsive performer. Thank the new rack-mounted electric power steering and multilink rear suspension for better handling on the road.

Power and Fuel Economy Come Standard in the Hybrid

You can still order the ES 350, with its 302-horsepower V6, but if you want the most fuel-efficient luxury vehicle that’s not a plug-in, the ES 300h is your choice. Its fuel economy numbers are up 10 percent from last year, to 43 city/45 highway/44 combined. Compare that to the V6’s 22 mpg city/33 highway/26 combined.

2019 Lexus ES 300h

Squeezing better fuel economy out of the Lexus Hybrid System

The updated fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System features a 2.5-liter Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder engine matched to a lighter, more compact and more power-dense electric motor. Total system horsepower is 215. Regenerative braking feeds the car’s battery to power the motor, as usual.  

The price of the 2019 Lexus ES 300h starts at $43,310, or $44,335 with destination charge. As always, you can add plenty of options to customize your new ride to your exact specifications.

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About Author: Steve Schaefer

Steve Schaefer has written a weekly automotive column for 26 years, testing more than 1,250 cars. Now, he’s focusing on EVs and hybrids. Steve remembers the joy of riding in his father’s Austin-Healey. After discovering the August, 1963 issue of Motor Trend, he became entranced with the annual model change, and began stalking dealers’ back lots to catch the new models as they rolled off the transporter. Coming from a family that owned three Corvairs, Steve was one of the first Saturn buyers, earning him a prominent spot in their 1994 product catalogue. To continue the GM tradition, Steve now has a Chevrolet Bolt EV. Steve is a founding member of the Western Automotive Journalists. Recently, Steve became a Climate Reality Leader, trained by Al Gore, and is focused on moving to EVs and 100% renewable energy. Read his EV/hybrid blog at stevegoesgreen.com.

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