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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid finishes near the top of the luxury midsize car class. It earns praise for its a roomy and luxurious cabin, and it boasts a perfect predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Opulent, quiet, and roomy cabin
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Smooth ride
  • Complex infotainment system


New for 2015

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Features added to Lexus Enform App Suite
  • Available Lexus Enform Remote




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid is an impeccable luxury midsize car. It ritzy, quiet cabin offers plenty of space in both rows. On the road, you’ll appreciate its punchy hybrid powertrain and smooth ride. The ES Hybrid returns outstanding fuel economy for the class.

There are a couple of notable shortcomings, however. The mouselike controller that comes with the available navigation system can be distracting to use on the go. Additionally, the ES Hybrid has more body roll than some buyers will be comfortable with.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 29 Lexus ES Hybrid reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

Based on more than 1,500 listings on our site, prices for the nonhybrid 2015 Lexus ES and ES Hybrid range from $20,500 to $29,900, depending on the trim, mileage, location, condition, and features. The average price for all ES models is $25,600, but hybrid models tend to be at the upper end of this range.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the ES Hybrid amount to around $23,283, or about 4,656 per year. That's below the class average.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid ranges in price from $41,560 for the base trim to north of $45,210 for the top trim. The 2019 model is fully redesigned, with new styling, a refined suspension system, and more horsepower. The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is now standard. It includes driver assistance features like a pre-collision system, oncoming vehicle detection, and low-light pedestrian detection. You can’t find these features in the 2015 model. If you have room in your budget, the 2019 ES is a better choice. But if you don’t, there’s still a lot to love about the 2015 model.

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If a new Lexus ES Hybrid is out of reach, you still have some options in the 2015 ES Hybrid's price range. You won’t find a luxury-branded midsize or compact car for what you could expect to pay for the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid, but there are some good nonluxury options.

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid is available starting at less than $25,400. This highly ranked midsize car gets great gas mileage, and it's interior is highlighted by a user-friendly infotainment system and spacious, comfortable seats. The interior isn’t as upscale as some of its rivals, but it’s not off-putting either.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus ES Hybrid Is Best?

The 2015 ES Hybrid is part of a generation that spanned the 2013 through 2018 model years. Siri Eyes Free joined the options list for 2014. A rearview camera became standard for 2015, and smartphone app integration became available the same year. The 2016 model received a refreshed exterior and interior, and the Lexus Safety System+ became standard for 2017.

Unless you’re attracted to the 2016 ES Hybrid’s styling updates, you’ll probably be satisfied with a 2015 model. Many of the standard safety features from the 2017-and-later models are available in the 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2015 ES 300h has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2015 ES Hybrid. It involves a problem with the pre-collision system, which may engage braking unexpectedly. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lexus ES Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Lexus ES 300h's only trim comes standard with a moonroof, push-button start, and Lexus’ Display Audio infotainment system, which features a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, HD Radio, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, and a control knob mounted on the center console.

A few additional features are available. Some models come with a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, the Lexus’ Enform App Suite, and a navigation system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which works like a computer mouse. This navigation-linked controller can be difficult to use while driving, so you may want to test models equipped with this system before purchasing.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the ES 300h?

The 2015 ES 300h has a near-perfect safety rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. It earned four stars in the rollover evaluation.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available safety features include lane departure warning, park assist, adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid or 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has little in common with the ES Hybrid, apart from upscale interiors and complicated infotainment systems. The C-Class is a luxury small car that gets significantly lower fuel economy estimates than the ES 300h, and the Mercedes has a below-average reliability rating. However, the C-Class is a decent option for buyers looking for good driving dynamics. It has a range of muscular engines and well-balanced handling. Unlike the Lexus ES Hybrid, the C-Class has very little body roll through sharp turns.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

If you’re not committed to purchasing a luxury sedan, the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid may be the better choice for you. It’s powered by the same fuel-efficient hybrid system as the ES 300h. Both cars have similar interior dimensions, but the Toyota has a slightly larger trunk. Additionally, the Camry Hybrid has a more straightforward infotainment system. You’ll get smoother brakes, a nicer interior, and a few more features with the Lexus, but it will probably cost you considerably more than the Toyota.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Drive?

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 200 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard.

The Lexus ES 300h delivers more than enough power for cruising around town, and acceleration is swift on the highway. Its suspension smooths out bumpy roads for a pleasant ride. Around sharp corners, however, expect lots of body lean. Unlike many hybrid vehicles, the ES Hybrid's regenerative brakes have smooth, uniform stopping power.

Does the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The ES 300h returns great fuel economy estimates for the class. According the EPA, it earns an estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the nonhybrid 2015 Lexus ES 300h returns 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Seat?

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid sedan seats five. The cabin is elegant, well-built, and quiet. Up front, the seats are supportive and spacious. The rear seats have plenty of legroom, but some tall riders may find them to be mounted too low. Synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Genuine leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

For installing child safety seats, the ES Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH connectors, and there's a tether-only connection for the middle seat.

2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Features

Standard features include a moonroof, push-button start, and Lexus’ Display Audio system with a 7-inch screen, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, HD Radio, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, and a console-mounted control knob.

Available features include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, Lexus’ Enform App Suite with smartphone integration, and a navigation system with Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which works like a computer mouse.

While climate controls are easy to use, the numerous buttons for audio functions can be overwhelming. Additionally, the available Remote Touch controller’s mouselike operation can be a distraction for drivers who may look away from the road to find and select on-screen menus.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus ES Hybrid Cargo Space

At 12.1 cubic feet, trunk space in the ES 300h is decent for a midsize hybrid sedan. Like most hybrids built on nonhybrid vehicles, this Lexus' battery pack cuts into trunk space compared to the nonhybrid version. That means it has less cargo room than the gas-only 2015 Lexus ES.

Keep in mind that the rear seats don’t fold in the ES Hybrid, and there’s no trunk pass-through to accommodate long items.

2015 ES 300h Length and Weight

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid has an overall length of about 16 feet. Its curb weight is 3,660 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is 4,740 pounds. 

Where Was the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Built?

Lexus assembled the 2015 ES 300h in Japan.

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