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MSRP: $39,250 - $39,250
Invoice: $36,767 - $36,767
MPG: 40 City / 39 Hwy

2013 Lexus ES Hybrid Interior

Reviewers say that the Lexus ES 300h offers an exquisitely designed cabin with excellent build quality and more passenger space than most upscale midsize cars. However, most reviewers say that the ES 300h’s electronic features can be difficult to use.

  • "Of course, the quality of materials depends on whether you opt for one of the luxury packages, but build quality is excellent in typical Lexus fashion." -- Edmunds 
  • "Other entry-luxury cars, including Lexus' own CT 200h, have more-convincing dashboard stitching, and Chrysler's sedan can come wrapped in genuine leather." -- Cars.com 
  • "The ES is all about luxury and the interior reflects that fact. The materials are high quality and finely crafted, with soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard, doors and armrests." -- MSN 
  • "Just below the ES' center screen sits an analog clock - an apparent requirement in the luxury segment -- with real bamboo wood accents giving the cabin a dash of color." -- Left Lane News 

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Seating

Reviewers say that the all-new ES 300h offers comfortable, supportive front seats and one of the most spacious back seats you’re likely to find. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power front seats are standard, while options include leather seats, as well as heated or climate-controlled front seats. Despite the spacious, comfortable accommodations, one reviewer notes that the ventilated front seats don’t offer much cooling.

  • "There's little doubt that the ES cabin should be spacious enough for most drivers and passengers. The latest model is now closer to the full-size Avalon rather than the Camry, and as a result provides generous amounts of leg, head, hip and shoulder space." -- Edmunds 
  • "The seats are comfortable for four adults thanks to a roomier back seat." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Heated and ventilated seats are optional, but the ventilation borders on useless. That's ironic since the Avalon has cooled seats that turned your chaps to ice." -- Cars.com 
  • "By switching to the Avalon platform, Lexus opened up far more interior space in the ES, mostly in the rear seat. Like the last model, the front seat has plenty of headroom and legroom, and front passengers sit on comfortable seats." -- MSN 

Interior Features

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h comes with standard interior features that include a moonroof, a HomeLink programmable garage door opener, push-button start and an eight-speaker stereo with a six-disc CD changer, auxiliary and USB ports and satellite radio. Optional features include parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system, an upgraded stereo, bamboo trim, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. The available Navigation package adds navigation, as well as a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and HD Radio. These features are accessed with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which works similarly to a computer mouse.

While reviewers are pleased with the ES 300h’s build quality, many note that some of its interior features could have been better executed. They complain that Lexus’ Remote Touch system won’t let them adjust audio and navigation settings when the vehicle is in motion, even if a passenger is buckled in. Additionally, one reviewer writes that the stereo system has become more difficult to use than it was in older models, while another notes that features like the optional heated steering wheel don’t work as well as he would like. 

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  • "The climate controls are still quite simple to use, but those for the audio system have become more complicated than past Lexus models due to the increased number of available media types." -- Edmunds 
  • "Frustratingly, the system locks out numerous functions (even many radio presets) while the vehicle is in motion. Maybe Lexus is doing many of us a favor by forcing ES drivers to pull over before they attempt to mouse. Then again, at speed, even co-pilots are barred from making inputs." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Of electronics that may come to irk some drivers, I'd add the highly sensitive lane-departure alert system, which emits a rather insistent beep. Some drivers may want to deactivate it, which is possible, but it could be a lifesaver for drivers prone to drowsiness behind the wheel." -- The New York Times 
  • "Similarly, the optional heated wood-and-leather steering wheel heats just the portions at 3 and 9 o'clock. Touch anywhere else and the wheel stays cold. I'm calling foul: If Chrysler can heat the wood portion of the 300's wheel, Lexus should, too." -- Cars.com 

Cargo

Like most hybrids, the ES 300h has slightly less trunk space than its gas-only sibling. There’s 12.1 cubic feet for cargo in the ES Hybrid’s trunk, which one reviewer says is a useful amount of room. Still, another critic notes that the ES 300h lacks a center pass-through or folding rear seats, which limits its ability to haul larger items.

  • "Typical of a hybrid, the ES 300h places its battery behind the rear seats, which lowers trunk volume to 12.1 cubic feet. Like the prior generation, the ES 350 gets a center pass-through but no folding backseat; the ES 300h has no opening at all." -- Cars.com 
  • "As a result of that battery location trunk space is slightly compromised, but the ES 300h still offers a generous 12.1 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Left Lane News 
Review Last Updated: 5/20/14

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