8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid's roomy and upscale cabin, pleasant ride, and outstanding predicted reliability rating contribute to its high standing in our midsize car rankings. Keep in mind, however, that it has limited trunk space and tricky infotainment controls.

Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned ride
  • Exceptional fuel efficiency
  • Roomy, classy cabin
  • Infuriating infotainment system controls
  • Small trunk

2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid is a good luxury midsize car. If you're looking for a comfortable cruiser with some of the best gas mileage estimates in the class and an upscale cabin with plenty of space, the Lexus ES 300h may be the vehicle for you. However, those looking for agility will want to look elsewhere. Beyond a lack of driving excitement, the ES Hybrid's drawbacks include its frustrating infotainment system and cramped cargo area.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

At this time of writing, there is no pricing information for the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid's five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is about $20,800 – or $4,160 per year. Comparatively, five-year costs for the 2017 Lexus ES are around $24,550.

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

There are no major changes for the 2018 Lexus ES Hybrid. We recommend opting for the less expensive and practically identical 2017 ES Hybrid.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus ES Hybrid Is Best?

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid is part of a generation that debuted for the 2013 model year. The 2014 ES Hybrid gained available Siri Eyes Free. The 2015 ES Hybrid added a standard rearview camera, additional features in the available Lexus Enform App suite, and the available Lexus Enform Remote. The 2016 ES Hybrid received refreshed interior and exterior styling. Safety-conscious shoppers should consider the 2017 model. It comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes features like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid has a top-notch predicted reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Which Used Lexus ES Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid comes in one well-equipped trim. Its standard amenities include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and push-button start. The Lexus' Remote Touch infotainment system features a touchpad controller, a 7-inch display, voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The Lexus Safety System+ also comes standard. It includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Several optional packages were available when the ES Hybrid was new. Some models may come with additional comfort, technology, and safety features, including heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, and blind spot monitoring.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus ES Hybrid Warranty

Lexus has one of the best CPO program among luxury vehicles, so you should consider purchasing a certified pre-owned 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the ES Hybrid?

Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the Lexus EX Hybrid, it named the gas-only 2017 Lexus ES a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s most prestigious award. The 2017 ES earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, along with a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave the 2017 ES Hybrid five out of five stars for its overall rating, four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests, and five stars in side crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams.

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2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid or 2017 Lexus ES?

Choosing between the nonhybrid 2017 Lexus ES and its hybrid sibling ultimately comes down to your personal preferences. The ES has a stronger engine and a larger trunk, but the ES Hybrid's better fuel economy means you'll spend less on gas each year. Both models have long standard features lists and superb predicted reliability ratings.  

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid or 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid?

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid doesn't fare as well as the ES Hybrid in our luxury midsize car rankings. The MKZ has an easier-to-use infotainment system, but the ES Hybrid has a superior predicted reliability rating, more standard safety features, and a richer cabin. Both sedans boast comfortable rides, excellent fuel economy estimates, and good crash safety test scores. Go for the ES Hybrid over the MKZ Hybrid.

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2017 ES Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Drive?

A four-cylinder engine and an electric motor power the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are also standard. With 200 combined horsepower, the ES Hybrid’s powertrain gets you up to both city and highway speeds. However, the Lexus’ performance won't excite. Even so, this sedan delivers a comfortable ride over bumpy roads, and its regenerative brakes operate smoothly.  

Does the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The ES Hybrid delivers 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class.

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2017 ES Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 ES Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid seats five in two rows. Its seats are supple and provide plenty of space for adults in both rows, though the rear seats are positioned a little low to the ground. This Lexus lives up to its name in terms of quality, with luxurious materials filling its well-built cabin. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some models feature leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat of the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Features

Standard features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and the Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system with a touchpad, controller, a 7-inch display, voice recognition, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The infotainment system in this car is cumbersome to use. It employs a touchpad, which you use to control an on-screen cursor. This can be distracting to use while driving. Some models also include navigation, a 15-speaker premium audio system, and an additional USB port.

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2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Dimensions

Lexus ES Hybrid Cargo Space

With a 12-cubic-foot trunk, the 2017 ES Hybrid has below-average cargo space for the midsize car class. However, it has a good amount of space compared to hybrid rivals.

2017 ES Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 ES Hybrid is about 16.1 feet long. Its curb weight is roughly 3,680 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid Built?

Lexus built the 2017 ES Hybrid in Japan.

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