Lexus ES Hybrid Interior
According to critics, the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid has an elegant, quiet cabin that features attractive styling, superb build quality and premium materials. The ES Hybrid’s front seats are comfortable, test drivers say, and its rear seat offers generous legroom. However, the ES Hybrid’s audio controls are a bit more complicated than some critics would like, especially when the car is equipped with Lexus’ touchy and distracting Remote Touch controller.
- "The 2015 Lexus ES interior boasts upscale materials and the exacting fit and finish we expect in Lexus vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2015 Lexus ES 300h's cabin presents a modern, stylish environment." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)
The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid seats five and comes standard with 10-way power-adjustable front seats and NuLuxe leatherette upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Test drivers say the ES Hybrid is very quiet at highway speeds, and they appreciate its roomy and supportive front seats. They agree that the rear seat has ample legroom, but a few say it’s mounted too low for tall people.
- "If a quiet highway ride is the most important thing to you, then the 2015 Lexus ES is your dream car. Few cars match its silent highway ride, something that applies to both the ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Six-footers will be quite content in the ES 300h's front seats. Rear-seat legroom is very impressive as well, although taller occupants may find the seat to be positioned a little low." -- Edmunds
- "The front seats provide adequate support, while rear-seat passenger space is exemplary, particularly with legroom." -- AutoTrader (2014)
- "The front seats have stiffer side bolsters, which became apparent alongside the prior ES. Where the prior car's front seats allowed too much sliding, these hold you in - without constraining on long-haul drives." -- Cars.com (2013)
Standard features in the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid include a moonroof, push-button start, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, Siri iPhone integration and Lexus’ Display Audio infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch screen and a control knob mounted on the center console. Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking, parallel park assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, Lexus’ Enform App Suite (includes smartphone integration for apps like OpenTable and Pandora) and a navigation system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which operates like a computer mouse and is used to select items on the navigation screen.
While reviewers think the climate controls in the Lexus ES Hybrid are easy to use, they note that the audio system is more complex because of the large number of audio inputs, including Bluetooth, USB and satellite radio. They also say that the Remote Touch controller is too sensitive, which makes it distracting and difficult to use. Other critics complain that while the lane departure warning is a useful safety feature, it’s oversensitive and makes an irritating and persistent beeping noise.
- "The climate controls are simple to use, but the audio system is a little more complicated due to the sheer number of available media types. This is true whether you get the standard Display Audio touchscreen/multipurpose knob controller, or the upgrade Lexus Remote Touch system included with the Navigation package. The latter is essentially a mouselike device that controls a cursor on a large centrally located screen. Although interacting with this interface is very similar to using a computer mouse, the ultra-sensitive nature of the controller can make it clumsy and distracting to use while driving." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2013)
The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid has 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for a midsize hybrid car. Like most hybrids, the ES 300h has less cargo capacity than its gas-only counterpart because the battery pack takes up space. Some critics are satisfied with the ES Hybrid’s trunk space, but others point out that the ES 300h’s rear seats don’t fold and there’s no trunk pass-through to accommodate long items.
- "Due to the rear-mounted battery pack, trunk capacity drops to 12.1 cubic feet (versus 15.2 cubic feet in the ES 350), and the rear seats do not fold." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)