Photo Gallery:
2013 Lexus ES300h

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Day by Day Review: 2013 Lexus ES300h car test drives lexus daily car reviews
Click Image to Enlarge

Just over a year ago, I drove the 2011 Lexus ES 350. I took it to Detroit and back, which was a lovely, long journey during which the ES impressed me by offering comfort, quality and fuel consumption that was pretty darned impressive for a 3.5-litre V6 engine, at 8.0L/100km… although that was all highway cruising.

Fast forward, and Lexus has again redesigned its top-selling ES sedan. It is a little less sedate, a little more bold on the front end and a little more stylish from the backside.

Day by Day Review: 2013 Lexus ES300h car test drives lexus daily car reviews
Click Image to Enlarge

Lexus still offers the lovely V6 engine, but this week’s tester is confusingly named the ES 300h, because it sports a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine coupled with a hybrid battery-electric propulsion system.

The updated interior is less frumpy than the previous generation’s, certainly more modern and luxurious. Add it up, and this is no longer grandpa’s car.

When I drove away from the dealership, I was thinking this new vehicle was powered by a small V6 with a hybrid system, not even contemplating that it could be a four-cylinder. My immediate impressions were positive, as I cruised 30 km on the highway to see the trip computer reading an average of 6.1 L/100 km while scooting along at 120 km/h.

Hopefully, the car will continue to “wow” me for the remainder of the week.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $51,095

For more information on Lexus and the ES visit Lexus Canada

For even more on this car FOLLOW James on Twitter

Connect with Autos.ca