TEST DRIVE: The 2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid is Full of Surprises

by , 09/03/13

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For the 2013 model year Lexus has completely revamped its ES, which is now in its sixth generation. The big news for the popular Lexus sedan is the addition of the new hybrid version and the fact that for the first time ever, the ES does not share its platform with the Toyota Camry. The Lexus ES now shares its platform with the larger Toyota Avalon.

For years the Lexus ES has existed as the entry level model in the Lexus lineup. It’s always been the more luxurious Camry and with that label came an extra amount of luxury features, but it’s never been as sporty as Lexus’ rear-wheel-drive models. Well, again times have changed and I was in for a surprise. The Lexus ES 300h was actually fun to drive through the hills of San Francisco. So much fun in fact that it was probably one of the most enjoyable hybrid models I’ve ever driven.

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