2013 Lexus ES300h – Review by Barbara Terry

What a surprise when the “Lexus ES 300h” was dropped off in my driveway this week! Years ago if anyone would have told me that the Auto Manufacturers would come out with a Hybrid Luxury Sedan, I would have had a hard time getting my thinking around that concept. But there it was, a shiny metallic Cashmere 2013 Lexus ES 300h that will get you 40 MPG combined city/highway! I could not wait to take it for a spin and see what surprises that it had to offer.

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Driving the Lexus ES 300h was like riding on a cushy cloud on these sometime bumpy South Carolina roads. I settled down in the comfort of the new 10-way adjustable seat and went for a drive along the coast. The soft color of the Parchment interior, the music from the Satellite Radio, the smell of the new leather made the drive a joy. The interior was beautiful with the metallic and leather-trimmed shift knob, piano black trim on the instrument panel and the three-spoke steering wheel.

The stunning body style of this model turned the heads at the local grocery store as I pulled up and parked. A nice woman with her young granddaughter was putting her groceries in her trunk and stopped to admire the new Lexus. She commented on how far the four-door Sedans has come since she owned her first family car years ago. I took the time to show her some of the incredible safety features.  The Lexus ES 300h has a collapsible steering column, front and rear side-impact-beam, front and rear side curtain airbags and even airbags in the front to protect your knees!  She was impressed with the safety of the child restraint system because she has four grandchildren that always ride in her car. I think I could have sold her the 300h that day. The 300h earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Award in October 2012 and in December 2012 it received a five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Administration.

I have driven numerous Sedans, Hybrids, and Hybrid Sedans but the Lexus ES 300h far surpasses them all. The Warranty is fantastic and has a 48-month/50,000mile basic limited warranty with roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles. The Warranty also includes power-train and resistance coverage for 72 months/70,000 miles and corrosion perforation protection for 72 months, regardless of mileage. I would recommend the Lexus ES 300h to anyone who has a family and wants a luxury sedan that is both stylish and has fuel economy.

Barbara Terry

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