CleanMPG First Drive Review of the 2013 Lexus ES 300h

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Audio

    Audio New Member

    New to this Forum, I own a 2013 Lexus ES 300h and I have to say this vehicle is not worth the money. I would of been better off with a Camary... Don't get me wrong the fuel economy is great but Lexus cut many corners. When I drive on the freeway the wind noise is quite high, no sunglass holder, the ventilated seats you are better off without does not work very well, voice commands are terriable, the Mark Levinson system is the worst I have ever incountered in any luxury vehicle distortion and sub bottoming out and Lexus Customer service has been the worst I have dealt with. I have had 2 amps replaced and no resolution. No wonder Toyota/Lexus had another recall on brakes they cannot fix a stereo problem and when you call Lexus customer service they are rude. If you get a chase drive the Avalon and The Lexus ES you will realize the extra money you pay for the big L on the grill and trunk is not worth it. The ride on the new ES is not as comfortable as the previous model, read consumers report and they do speak on the cheaping of materials Lexus has used on the vehicle.
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    For 2014 my favorite luxury hybrid gains a few niceties. The 2014 ES 300h, now in its second year, receives LED fog lamps with HID headlamps as standard equipment. In addition, heated/ventilated seats in perforated NuLuxe trim is available.

    Lexus has also integrated Sirii Eyes Free Mode, with technology licensed from Apple, in the 2014 ES 350. Compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models forward, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. Siri can read notifications, read calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.

    Wayne
     
  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind


    You know what they say , Audio ? A camary in the coal mine is worth two in the bush.

    And do you really think the Camry Hybrid is QUIETER than the ES300H ?

    Excuse me for shouting and/or mixing metaphors.
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    Love the way you put those words together!

    The TCH is definitely not as quiet as the ES 300h even though they use almost the exact same drivetrain.

    Wayne
     
  5. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    I agree, fantastic interior, it rivals Audi which has long had the best interiors in Motordom. I like that it has been enlarged, too. The rest of the car...eh. That front fascia theme doesn't tickly my fancy, least of all on an ES. The car's dynamics don't mimic the aggressiveness of the car's head-on view. The slab-like sides do pretty well here. And while they made it mesh with the more-conservative looks of the rest of the car (kudos for that - tough to merge those), they did so only by styling the rear quarter of the car with a slightly coiled-up look making it seem like it's just eager to jump out of the hole. Is it a bad-looking car? ...no. Not really. But the styling promises one thing while the performance delivers another. If I were them I think I would have stayed more on the conservative side in order to mesh it with the ES' hallmark smoothness.

    Aside from the styling...looks like a clear winner in its class. Comfort, fantastic interior, amenities, room, passable power, and fantastic FE for the near-luxury class.
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013

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