2016 lexus es300h Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Lexus ES 300h gains a revised exterior design, new LED headlights, and new 17-inch alloy wheels. Four new exterior colors have been added: Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, Caviar, and Eminent White Pearl. Three new interior accents include Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Illustrious Piano Black Wood, and Bamboo with a matte finish. The Mark Levinson audio system is now available with all option packages and there’s a new interior color called Flaxen. Lexus’ Safety System+ is now available and includes the Pre-Collision System, lane departure warning with steering assist, intelligent high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2016 Lexus ES 300h is the hybrid variant of the ES 350 midsize luxury sedan and slots below the rear-drive GS 450h.
In the 2016 ES 300h, a 2.5-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 200 hp. With a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), fuel economy is excellent at 40/39 mpg city/highway. Due to the extra components of the hybrid powertrain, there’s 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space; however, it can’t be expanded to the fixed rear seats. A pass-through is standard on all ES 300h models.
In addition to the dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 ES 300h comes standard with rear-side airbags, front seats that reduce whiplash, and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Available safety and driver aids include blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and Lexus’ Safety System+, a suite that includes the Pre-Collision system, lane departure warning with steering assist, intelligent high beams and adaptive cruise control.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features in the 2016 Lexus ES 300h include NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, a rearview camera, 10-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, a moonroof, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and a seven-inch infotainment screen. Optional extras include Lexus Enform Service Connect 4G LTE connectivity, navigation, Siri EyesFree, the Lexus Enform Apps suite, and the Mark Levinson audio system.
What We Think
In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that the material quality in the ES is improved, and better looking with richer colors and touches like contrast stitching on the dash. The suspension remains oriented towards comfort while the steering is numb and isn’t communicative despite the addition of driver-selectable drive modes. Additionally, the regenerative braking system isn’t very linear in its responses, meaning it’s hard to stop smoothly. Despite being slower, we said in a 2013 First Test review that the ES 300h is the superior car when compared to the ES 350 because of its seamless CVT, instant torque from the electric motors, and great fuel economy. However, the hard low rolling resistance tires contribute to a harsher ride, which makes the ES 300h less plush on the road.
- Spacious cabin
- Excellent fuel economy
- Good build quality
You Won’t Like:
- Small trunk for a large sedan
- Non-linear brakes
- Not fun to drive