The 2014 Lexsus ES 300h hybrid could as well be the benchmark for other hybrid vehicles. Ranked fourth among hybrid cars and fourteenth among the upscale midsized cars, 2014 Lexus ES 300h hybrid is a good addition to the line of Lexus ES of mid-size sedans which originated in the year 1989 with the first hybrid being ES 300h which became a sales hit. This vehicle is a continued upgrade of the 2013 model with minor features updates and trims. It was earlier predicted that out of the ES models sold, one would be the hybrid version and this came to pass.
This was significant because, the Lexus customers have always opted to buy what others perceive as costly since they wanted that feeling of recognition. Also, still many people have not yet come on board about the idea of hybrids. However, the sales figures speak for themselves. In the USA, of the total sales, hybrid comprises of four percent, therefore 25% sales of ES 300h is big.
2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Price
The 2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid base price is 40,410 US dollars.
They include, push button start, aluminum wheels, power moon roof, power front seats, a dual zone automatic air conditioner, USB port and Bluetooth. Other optional features include, ventilated and heated seats, navigation system, rear view camera, a power tilt steering wheel and a bamboo wood trim.
2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Performance and Fuel economy
It has a 4 cylinder engine together with an electric motor which has sufficient power. It offers an excellent fuel economy option. It delivers EPA ratings of 40 city/39 highway/40 combined mpg. It has a low drag coefficient of 0.27 due to its striking shape which assists to reduce the fuel consumption and wind noise. This model combines a 2.5 4 gas cylinder with the electric motor that can generate up to 200 horsepower. It can accelerate to 60mph in 8 seconds attributable to its paired electric continuous transmission.
2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid has surpassed the quirks that plague many hybrids. Its acceleration is quiet and smooth. Even when it switches to gas engine for supplemental power, it is still smooth. The brakes engage with a lot of immediacy much to the surprise of most drivers as the brake pedal feels soft to touch.
However its speed may disappoint drivers who love engaging in speed chases on the highway but it gets around quickly around the city. However, this doesn’t matter for those who choose comfort over a sporty handling.
Despite maybe its low speed average, Lexus 300h hybrid has done great in comfort and style in the interior. The premium package added a bamboo trim and it looked attractive compared to the rest interior part of the cabin. Front, back and wide seats are comfortable and wide with optional seat heaters during chilling times.
National highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA) rated the ES 300h with a five star rating after a crash test performance. The safety features include pre-collision system, backup camera, blinds pot warning system and a lane departure warning system.
When it comes to hybrids, saving money is not all what the Lexus buyers are looking for. But something that adds comfort and improves performance at a more economical cost.