2015 Lexus ES300h: Luxury hybrid keeps it green credentials

2015 Lexus ES300hFor 2015, the Lexus ES 300h continues as a truly well defined, luxurious and superbly built luxury hybrid sedan. Changes are minor – a backup camera now standard along with a new optional multimedia system. The standard Display Audio system features a seven-inch touchscreen, which can be divided into three sections to show different types of information simultaneously. Other features of the new multimedia system include HD Radio with complimentary traffic and weather data, Bluetooth audio, back up camera and automatic phone-book transfer.

A new optional feature for 2015 is Lexus Enform Remote. This subscription-based service allows owners to monitor and control certain vehicle functions with a compatible iOS or Android smartphone. This feature allows owners to remotely lock and unlock the doors, start or stop the engine, set the climate control, and monitor the cars use. Otherwise, the 2015 Lexus ES 300h is essentially unchanged inside and out.

At the heart of the ES300h is the Lexus Hybrid Drive system comprising a: 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, a high efficiency electric motor and battery system designed to improve fuel economy and durability.

The signature Lexus design of the new ES features a lower, progressive profile, and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. All four corners are pulled tightly inward to the wheel arches, creating distinctive low slung, sleek proportions.

The 2015 ES 300h hybrid features a distinctive rear design with hidden exhaust and an integrated spoiler. It looks good from any angle.

so new are suspension and steering changes and a stiffer body deliver more precise handling.

Available comfort and convenience features include: manual door window shades, a power rear shade, and a one-touch power trunk closer. As standard the Lexus ES300 comes with 17″ Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Electronically Controlled Brake System (ECB).

Air Conditioning , Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, Dust, Pollen, Deodorizing Air Filter, Lexus Premium Audio , AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA, Bluetooth Capability, Integrated XM Satellite Radio, Audio Auxiliary Input Jack, USB Audio Input and 8 Speakers.

Options include a high end Mark Levinson Audio system with 15 Speakers: 8″ display screen , Leather Seat Surfaces , Heated & Ventilated Front Seats , Power Rear Window Sunshade , Rear door sunshade , Navigation System , Remote Touch Interface , Rain Sensing Wipers , Woodgrain Trim , Auto-leveling HID Headlamps , Premium Illuminated Entry System

On the road the ES 300h hybrid offers the driver four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. EV mode allows short distance drives, at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favours fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness.

An array of safety features aid the driver. The available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) helps detect vehicles in side blind spots. The RCTA alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot. Available Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is integrated with automatic high beam dimming technology. The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) uses sub-millimetre wave radar to detect obstructions and prepare the vehicle for a potential collision.

The ES300h is a wonderful car to drive with its seamless integration of hybrid technology, a soft comfortable ride, light steering and exemplary road manners. A delight to own and drive
2015 Lexus ES 300h Base priced MSRP: $43,900