Sales of the first generation Lexus ES started in the United States back in 1989. The car, and then and now, is based on Toyota Camry. However, starting from the first generation, the manufacturer strove to make sedans stronger on different sides of consumer preferences. With each subsequent generation, the difference became more and more significant. The XV60 Lexus ES300h, which appeared in 2012, is completely different from the Camry. It has become a worthy development of the modern Lexus line. This is confirmed by the characteristic plastic of the body, surfaces, rapid appearance, diode-rich optics, false radiator grille, embossed sidewalls. You can see some visual similarities with the GS, emphasizing the corporate identity. Of particular note is the well-thought-out aerodynamics of the ES 300h - the drag coefficient is only 0.27.
Lexus ES300h equipment for the US market includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, LED running lights and LED taillights. In 2013, instead of halogen headlights, xenon headlights were standardly offered, and for cars of the 2016 model year, LED headlights became the standard. The side mirrors, painted in body color, are equipped with an electric drive and electric heating, as well as repeater indicators. Among other standard equipment are present: electric sunroof, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, electric front seats, eight-speaker audio system and Bluetooth. Options add: leather interior (standard premium vinyl upholstery), front seat heating and ventilation, navigation system and Mark Levinson premium audio system with 15 speakers. Like the hybrid Camry, the 2.5-liter petrol four (powered by the Atkinson cycle) is docked with an electric motor. The wheels are driven through the variator. ICE produces 161 hp, and an electric motor - 143 hp The total result of the application of power units is 200 liters. with. At the same time, the electric motor provides excellent traction - it gives out stable 270 Nm of torque. To accelerate to hundreds of hybrid requires a little more than 8 seconds. The maximum speed is 180 km / h. Cruising range on electric traction, at speeds up to 40 km / h, - up to 2 kilometers. As for the mass of the car, the hybrid is a bit heavier than the gasoline version with a 3.5 liter V6 engine - about 20 kilograms. Nevertheless, the ES 300h is much more economical - it consumes only 6 l / 100 km.
The chassis and independent suspension of the Lexus ES300h provide even higher driving performance. Suspension settings changed, geometry revised and damping characteristics improved. The steering has undergone a serious change, in particular, it is equipped with an electric amplifier with progressive characteristics, the gear ratio is reduced, the angle of the steering wheel is reduced - all this in order to provide a more natural and efficient control. The increased rigidity of the body is achieved due to the even greater use of high-strength steels, an increase in the number of welding points and additional reinforcing elements.
The Lexus ES300h safety systems include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, as well as a complete set of airbags (front, side, curtain airbags, knee airbags). The standard equipment for the USA includes the Lexus Safety Connect system with automatic notification of the accident and the position of the stolen vehicle, as well as an emergency button. Additional equipment: parking sensors, reverse assist and dead-zone control systems, adaptive cruise control coupled with a pre-emergency safety system that prepares the car in case of potential collision danger. In the NHTSA ranking, the car received very high marks for crash tests.
The Lexus ES300h is a great example of combining a luxury and economical car in one body. Compared with previous generations, he significantly improved his driving performance, although this, of course, the model is more for comfortable driving than for active driving. Excellent sound insulation protects against noise and vibration. Compared with the standard version of the ES350, the luggage compartment is slightly reduced due to the battery. However, in general, the interior is spacious and functional. In 2015, the release of the updated model began: the appearance and interior were slightly changed, the composition of the equipment was improved, new safety functions were added.