Lexus ES300h Luxury with EP 2021 review: snapshot
The Lexus ES 300h Luxury is comfortable, easy to drive and has many other excellent points which could be enough to make up for its less than dazzling looks.
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The Lexus IS 2021 range still has a hybrid hero in its ranks - the IS300h, which is a carryover from the pre-facelift model range.
The IS300h can be had in two different trim levels - you can choose it as a Luxury grade version at $64,500 (MSRP), or in F Sport trim for $73,000 (MSRP).
What’s the difference between the two, you may ask? Well, here are the specs.
The Luxury grade has LED headlights and daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, a 10.3-inch touchscreen with sat nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a 10-speaker sound system. There are eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating (plus memory settings for the driver), power steering column adjustment, not to mention dual-zone climate control, auto dusk sensing headlights with auto high beam, rain sensing wipers, and adaptive cruise control.
Luxury spec models can further be equipped with the $2000 Enhancement Pack, which adds a sunroof, or Enhancement Pack 2 (or EP2 - $5500) which nets 19-inch alloy wheels, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system - which is excellent!, cooled front seats, high-grade leather-accented interior trim, and a power-operated rear sunshade.
The F Sport models cost more but get a body kit, 19-inch alloys, adaptive suspension, sports front seats with cooling (and heating and electric adjust), sports pedals, and five drive modes, an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster and leather-accented trim.
The Enhancement Pack for F Sport IS300h is $3100 and includes the sunroof, 17-speaker sound system and rear sunshade.
All IS models see upgraded safety technology including AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with auto braking, lane keeping assist, intersection turn assist and new Lexus Connected Services for emergency backup.
The important part of this IS’s model name is that little ‘h’, which signifies it’s the hybrid model - a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric powertrain in fact. It has 164kW of peak power, and uses just 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle. The IS300h runs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto, and is rear-wheel drive.
It has a smaller boot than the non hybrid models - 450L vs 480L - because of its nickel metal hydride battery pack, and it also lacks a spare wheel, instead coming with a tyre repair kit.
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