2015 Lexus ES 300h Sedan Review

4.6
Pros
  • Luxury Features
  • Quiet Ride
  • Styling
Cons
  • Confusing Infotainment System

ES-hybrid-exterior-fire-agate-pearl-overlayMany business professionals, like Realtors, use their cars to transport clients.  It’s their office on wheels.

There are some cars that are ideal for this purpose and the Lexus ES 300h Sedan is one of the best. The Lexus ES falls into the luxury class and it offers all the amenities both owner and client will appreciate.

This weekend we test drove the 2015 Lexus ES 300 Hybrid Sedan model ($40,430) and it came equipped with a plethora of options to make life a whole lot more comfortable.

What’s New for 2015?

The 2015 Lexus ES 300h gets upgraded upholstery and a standard touchscreen “Display Audio” tech interface.

Lexus Enform Remote is now available and the optional Lexus Enform App Suite adds Slacker and upgrades to iHeartRadio 4.0.

Features & Option Packages

This 300h tester came with Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Traffic Alert ($500), Lane Departure Alert ($1,015), Navigation package ($1,795), power trunk closer ($400), Intuitive Park Assist ($500) and rain sensing wipers with deicer ($155).

Ultra Luxury Package ($2,435) includes bamboo wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, manual rear side sunshades, ambient lighting, a driver seat cushion extender and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

A bamboo leather trimmed heated steering wheel ($450) finished out the options.

Total MSRP including destination: $48,605.

Interior Features & Comfort

Stepping into the ES 300h reveals a comfortable cabin with lots of leather and wood.

It’s a great place to escape the noisy outside world. Just crank up the premium audio system and the world seems like a much nicer place.

It’s easy to be pampered with the heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel and 10-way power drivers seat.

The power trunk closer is especially convenient for business owners who need the trunk to carry important papers or equipment. Just push the button and the trunk opens or latches to make life a little easier while on the move.

Owners who use this ES 300h for hauling business clients will have very happy customers.

There is ample room and plenty of comfort for rear passengers to enjoy the ride. If the sun gets too hot, just pull up the side window shades and the driver can raise the rear window shade with a touch of a button.

The cabin is extra quiet while driving, allowing ease of business related conversations.

Engine and Hybrid Drive

The Lexus ES 300h hybrid employs a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motors, 245-volt NiMH battery pack and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

EPA estimates fuel mileage at 40/39 mpg city/highway.

Driving Dynamics

For a Realtor, driving clients around town looking at homes in the hybrid would be a seamless experience. The luxury sedan shifts wonderfully between electric and gasoline power. While driving slowly through neighborhoods, looking at the sites, the Lexus ES 300h will run in electric-only mode.

Gentler rates of 0 to 25 mph can be achieved on battery power.

If you are late for an appointment, the 0-60 mph performance is just one second slower than the ES 350 gas engine.

The cabin of the ES 300h is a comfortable place for driver and passenger to spend lots of time. In the competitive business world, this can mean the difference between success and failure.

With the hybrids fuel stingy technology, you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the gas pump either.

You can use that commission money for something fun!  

Conclusion

Whether you use the 2015 Lexus ES 300h for business or not, it’s a comfortable place to commute or take clients on an all day excursion.

Its cabin is spacious, especially for passengers seated in the back and there’s plenty of premium level options that will shout success to your clients.

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The ride quality is smooth and tranquil and passengers won’t be exhausted at the end of the day.  The ES 300h will help you achieve the desired outcome comfortably, calmly and reliably with minimal distractions from the outside world. 
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Depending on your tastes, Lexus gives another solid option in the ES350.
Our full review can be found here.

2015 Lexus ES 300h Sedan Photo Gallery

Photos: Lexus, a Division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

About The Author

Denis Flierl has over twenty five years combined auto industry and automotive journalism experience that he brings to Automoblog readers. Over the thirteen years that he owned an automotive business, he worked directly with every major car brand in the auto industry and became familiar with all makes and models of cars. His passion for cars led him to spend the last twelve years in automotive journalism where he brings all that experience to his readers as he writes about the auto industry and the latest test cars he drives.

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