8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid’s high-quality materials, spacious cabin, and excellent predicted reliability score push this upscale midsize car toward the top of the class. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • High-quality interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Quiet, roomy cabin

 

 

  • Complex infotainment system

 

New for 2015

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Lexus Enform App Suite added new features
  • Available Lexus Enform Remote

2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The ES Hybrid is a good upscale midsize car that’s smooth riding on the highway and easy-going on your wallet at the pump. Apart from a fussy available infotainment system, the cabin hits all the luxury marks – quiet, stylish, soft-touch materials, and plenty of room in both rows. Add in a perfect predicted reliability score, and you have a great daily driver.

Used 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2015 Lexus ES 300h 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. It’s a fine daily driver with plenty of power for both city and highway cruising. Gas mileage estimates are an excellent 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Its suspension smooths out bumpy roads, and passengers enjoy a pleasant and quiet ride. On curvy roads, however, expect lots of body roll. Unlike many hybrid vehicles, the ES Hybrid's regenerative brakes feel smooth and linear.

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The Lexus ES 300h seats five and comes with leatherette upholstery, a moonroof, and power-adjustable front seats. The rear seats have ample legroom, though they're mounted low which could bother taller passengers. The rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, while the middle seat features a tether-only connection.

Standard features include Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, and a 7-inch display screen. Available features include navigation, voice command, and Lexus' Enform App Suite, which integrates smartphone apps like Pandora and OpenTable into the car's infotainment system. The infotainment system is overly complex. Whether you get the standard touch screen or the available remote touch controller, navigating the screens is difficult. The touch controller is especially confounding. Essentially a computer mouse, the controller is hard to manipulate, especially when the car is in motion.

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Used 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Prices

The average price of a 2015 Lexus ES 300h starts at around $31,120 for a base model with no added features. A fully loaded model will cost about $37,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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 How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2015 ES Hybrid has a perfect predicted reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the ES Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the ES Hybrid a perfect five-star overall rating. It earned five stars in all but the rollover test, where it scored four stars.

A rearview camera comes standard in the ES Hybrid. 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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Should I Consider Another Used ES Hybrid?

2015 marked the third year of the ES 300h's first generation, which launched for the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 model year. The 2015 model brought upgrades to the infotainment system and the addition of a standard rearview camera and the available Lexus Enform Remote. The ES Hybrid was otherwise unchanged, so you may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models for much less money.

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Which Used Lexus ES Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2015 ES 300h is only available in one trim. It comes standard with a moonroof, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker sound system, and a 7-inch display. Many models feature extras such as navigation, voice recognition, heated and ventilated front seats, and blind spot monitoring.

For more peace of mind, consider buying a certified pre-owned ES Hybrid. For its CPO vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2015 Lexus ES Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid or 2015 Lexus GS Hybrid?

The Lexus GS Hybrid features a V6 engine and an electric motor that together produce 338 horsepower. With 138 more horses, the GS Hybrid offers faster acceleration than the ES Hybrid. The GS also has a comfortable ride with composed handling. The available F Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension – something you won’t find in the ES Hybrid. However, the GS Hybrid earns much lower fuel economy estimates (29/34 mpg). Like the ES, the GS also has a luxurious interior and an excellent build quality. For superior driving performance, go with the GS Hybrid. For day-to-day family driving, the ES Hybrid is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid or Lexus CT Hybrid?

The Lexus CT Hybrid is a luxury small car that gets even better fuel economy ratings than the ES 300h, earning up to 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. However, its hybrid powertrain only produces 134 horsepower, which results in slow acceleration and difficulty getting up to highway speeds. The CT Hybrid is agile, but its F Sport model's suspension is stiff and its ride can be uncomfortable. The interior is nice, but materials quality is disappointing in spots. Additionally, legroom in the rear seats is cramped. Overall, the ES Hybrid is the better car.

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

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a large car with the same four-cylinder engine and electric motor powertrain as the ES Hybrid. The Toyota gets the same excellent fuel economy as the Lexus. It has a comfortable ride with composed handling and a spacious, high-quality cabin. The Toyota’s infotainment system differs from the Lexus’, boasting a simple touch screen that's relatively easy to use. If you can live without the luxury name, go with the Avalon Hybrid and save money.

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