2021 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

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2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 23, 2021

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The ES 300h is the hybrid iteration of the ES 350 sedan from the house of Lexus. The ES 300h is currently in its seventh-generation which was introduced in the year 2019. Speaking of the 2021 Lexus ES 300h, well with the sedan still radiating with all the updates and upgrades introduced in the year 2019, we expect the ES 300h to venture in the model year 2021 without any major changes.

 However, there are chances that the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will be more fuel-efficient than ever as Toyota plans upon rolling a new Li-ion battery pack in the new model. The prices of the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will initiate close to the $42,000 mark. Though there has been no official word from the company about the release date of the 2021 ES 300h, yet we expect the new model to arrive at dealerships in late 2020. 

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Pros

Plush ride quality

Spot-on cabin insulation

Comfortable and spacious cabin

Impressive fuel economy

Cons

No option of folding-down the rear seats

The infotainment interface may feel cumbersome at times

Comparatively slow acceleration

What's New?

The car remains mostly unchanged apart from the chances of introduction of a new battery pack  


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41810

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152

horsepower

301 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

331 lb.-ft.. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

1-speed CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.1

dimensions

wheelbase

113 in.

length

195.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3730 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

14400

payload

1036

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
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Trims

Base $41,810 onwards

301 hp @ 5000 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10-way Power Front Seats
  • 17" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control w/ Interior Air Filter & Smog Sensor
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Perforated NuLuxe interior trim
  • Power Moonroof
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Sliding & Tilting Glass Sunroof

Luxury $47,010 onwards

215 hp @ 5700 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 14-way Power Driver's Seat
  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Lexus Memory System
  • Park Assist
  • Perforated Leather Interior Trim
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Ultra Luxury $50,810 onwards

228 hp @ 5000 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Chrome Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leg Cushion Extension For Driver Seat
  • Navigation System
  • Perforated Semi Aniline Leather Interior Trim
  • Power rear sunshade w/ manual rear door sunshade
  • Semi-Aniline Leather Seats
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

8.5

Exterior

5.7

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Lexus ES 300h remains mostly unchanged for the year 2021. However, there are chances that Toyota may fit the 2021 ES 300h with a new Li-ion battery that replaces the orthodox nickel-hydrogen battery. This move may result in significantly improving the efficiency of the ES 300h.

The Lexus ES 300h locks its horns with a number of rivals, but the most prominent ones come in the form of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Buick Lacrosse. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan front view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan rear view

6.5/10
Pricing and Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

5.7/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Pricing and Features

6.5/10

The 2021 Lexus ES 300h will essentially be a carryover model with some minor tweaks here and there. Thus, the trim lineup of the 2021 Lexus ES 300h remains the same as the 2020 model. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan third quarter view

This implies that the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will reach the dealerships in a total of 3 trims - Base, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury. The prices for the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will start close to the $42,000 mark for the Base trim and will range all the way up to $45,660 for the top of the line Ultra Luxury trim. 

Trims

Base

Luxury

Ultra Luxury

MSRP (FWD)

$41,810

$47,010

$50,810

Key Features

SmartAccess With Push Button START/STOP

All the Features in Base trim and:

All the Features in Luxury trim and:

 

Paddle Shifters

Wood and Leather-trimmed Steering Wheel

Navigation Package included

 

8-inch Multimedia System

Power Rear Sunshade

18-inch Split Five spoke noise reduction wheels

 

10-speaker sound system

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Windshield Wiper De-icer

 

WiFi Enabled

Parking Assist with Auto Braking

Fast-Response Interior Heater

 

10-Way Power Adjustable Front Seats

16-inch Split 10-spoke Wheels

 
 

Vehicle Stability Control

   
 

Bi-LED Headlamps with Daytime running lights

   
 

LED Taillamps

   
 

Hybrid Acoustics Sound Dampening

   
 

Concealed Exhaust

   
 

Rear spoiler

   

The Lexus ES 300h, even in its Base configuration gets a bucket full of features and amenities. The Lexus ES 300h comes standard with highlights such as a rear spoiler, LED taillamps, vehicle stability control, 8-inch multimedia system, and much more. 

The next trim of the Lexus ES 300h goes by the name Luxury. The prices for the 2021 Lexus ES 300h Luxury starts close to $46,000 mark. The Luxury trim adds features such as wood and leather inserts around the cabin, power rear sunshade, and a more extensive suite of driver-assist highlights. 

The final trim of the Lexus ES 300h comes by the name Ultra Luxury. The Ultra Luxury trim sets you back by around $45,600 and offers quite a few intriguing features such as 18-inch Split Five spoke noise reduction wheels, Fast-Response Interior Heater, and windshield wiper de-icer. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Japanese auto-marques are known all across the world for the ultimate reliability they offer in their vehicles. Speaking of Lexus, well, being a luxe division of Toyota, Lexus counts as the best of the best when it comes to reliability. The ES nameplate has sailed through the test of time confidently, as it recently entered its 7th-generation. But the question remains, is the Lexus ES 300h also as reliable as its basic gasoline-driven version? Let’s find out. 

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Though there are a number of ways and techniques for deriving the actual reliability and ownership experience of a vehicle, one of the most trusted ways is to call attention to what the JD Power says about it. The JD Power Report gives ratings to vehicles on certain parameters like the Quality, Driving experience, resale value, etc. The ratings are mainly based on reviews by car-owners. 

Speaking of the Lexus ES 300h, the 2020 Lexus ES 300h bagged a total J.D. Power score of 85 out of a maximum 100, which happens to be a pretty impressive score. Below is a further breakdown of this score:

  • Quality and reliability: 87 out of 100
  • Driving Experience: 79 out of 100
  • Resale: 79 out of 100
  • Dealership Experience: 86 out of 100

Since the 2021 Lexus ES 300h Sedan will be a carryover model, with just some minor tweaks, we expect the same score to imply on the new model as well.

Car prices vary from state to state all across the US. The main reasons being the different levels of state taxes as well as the destination charges and dealer discounts. The prices of the Lexus ES 300h are almost the same everywhere with an average paid price close to $42,890 for the Base trim. 

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1528

$1581

$1637

$1694

$1753

$8192

Maintenance

$219

$830

$469

$1304

$2227

$5049

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$378

$577

$955

Taxes & Fees

$3142

$224

$201

$182

$182

$3931

Financing

$2491

$2003

$1483

$927

$336

$7240

Depreciation

$7989

$4831

$3946

$4423

$2865

$25,054

Fuel

$784

$808

$832

$857

$882

$4164

The real cost of ownership 

$16,153

$10,277

$8568

$9765

$9823

$54,586

Speaking of the ownership costs, the Lexus ES 300h seeks a total of around 55,000USD over a span of 5 years. This amount includes a number of costs such as insurance, taxes and dealership charges, depreciation, repairs, fuel, financing, etc.

Warranty

One of the most prominent factors behind the gleaming reliability of Lexus vehicles is the warranty package the organization offers along with its vehicles. The warranty package ensures the utmost peace of mind for the customers. Lexus offers an extensive warranty package with the Lexus ES 300h. The warranty coverage of the Lexus ES 300h includes:

Limited warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first

Powertrain warranty

6 years or 70,000 miles, whichever occurs first

Roadside assistance

48 months, without any limit on the mileage

Complimentary maintenance package

1 year or 10,000 miles, whichever occurs first

The warranty package offered with the ES 300h is currently one of the best and most extensive packages available in this segment of hybrid sedan vehicles. Lexus ranks much higher than its German counterparts such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz when it comes to offering impressive warranties. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Buying Advice

We’d recommend you go for the Luxury trim as this trim level adds a number of highlights to the ES 300h over the Base trim that amplifies the appeal of this sedan. Moreover, this trim also gets a wide array of driver-assist features including blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, auto-braking, and much more. 

Is buying a used Lexus ES 300h a good idea?

It is always a sensible decision to buy a used car, as it saves you a lot of money while giving you a larger selection of options within your price range. Moreover, when you buy a used car, you do not take a hit on the depreciation factor. 

Lexus cars have always been a popular choice in the used-cars market, as they offer world-class reliability, safety, and value for money. So in case you are making up your mind to buy a used Lexus ES 300h, we suggest you go for the 2017-18 model. The reason being, the ES 300h received an extensive revamp in the year 2019, when it entered its 7th-generation. 

As a result of this update, the older models have seen a drastic fall in price. You’ll be able to capitalize on that by getting an ES 300h for nearly 85% its original price with around 92% of its value intact. Though you’ll be missing some star highlights of the current-gen ES 300h, once you notice the number of bucks you have saved, the trade-off won’t look bad at all. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The 2021 Lexus ES 300h will essentially be a carryover model. However, Toyota has introduced a new lithium-ion battery in the 2021 ES 300h bound for the Japanese market. The Li-ion battery replaces the previously available nickel-hydrogen battery. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan 2.5L I4 engine.

We expect the same changes to apply in the US-spec model of the 2021 ES 300h. However, this change of battery pack aims more at improving the efficiency of the hybrid sedan rather than enhancing the performance on offer. 

Models

2021 Lexus ES 300h 

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Buick LaCrosse Premium*

MSRP

$41,810

$42,500

$32,550

$38,670

Engine

2.5L Hybrid Inline-4

2.0L Hybrid Inline-4

2.5L Hybrid Inline-4

2.5L Hybrid Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

215@5,700

188@6,000

208@5,700

194@6,300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

163@3,600

129@4,000

163@3,600

187@4,400

The 2021 Lexus ES 300h will get the same power figures as the 2020 model. The powertrain arrangement will also be the same, with a 2.5L I4 engine mated to a Li-ion battery pack. Together this setup belts out 215 horsepower and a peak torque of 163 lb.-ft. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission that routes all the grunt to the front wheels of the sedan. Unfortunately, there are no other transmission or drivetrain options on offer. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h Acceleration And Braking Performance

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan 0-60 in just 8.1 sec.

As we discussed above, the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will get a new Li-ion battery but this change will focus on improving the efficiency of the sedan rather than upgrading the power output or acceleration figures. 

Thus the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will offer similar levels of performance as the 2020 model. The 2021 Lexus ES 300h will be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds, and clock the quarter of a mile lap in 16.4 seconds - same as the 0-60 and quarter-mile figures of the 2020 ES 300h

Models

2021 Lexus ES 300h 

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Buick LaCrosse Premium*

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1

7.1

7.5

6.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.4

16.5

14.3

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

112

N/A

112

155

60-0 MPH (ft)

126

N/A

122

N/A

Speaking of the braking arrangement of the hybrid sedan, the 2021 Lexus ES 300h gets 12-inch front brake rotors and 11.1-inch rotors towards the back. This setup can make the ES 300h decelerate from 60-0 mph in a distance of 126 feet. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Fuel Economy

7.6/10

This is the aspect where the changes made by Toyota on the Japan-bound model of the 2021 Lexus ES 300h finally show some differences. According to the Japanese auto-marque, swapping the orthodox nickel-hydrogen with a Li-ion battery pack results in improving the efficiency of this sedan. 

According to the official release by the company, the new model offers a fuel-efficiency of 22.3 km/l, as compared to the 20.6 km/l (44 mpg) offered by the 2020 Lexus ES 300h. Converting it to the figures for the USA, that translates to around 48.4 mpg in the USA.

Models

2021 Lexus ES 300h (expected)

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Buick LaCrosse Premium*

MPG (City)

44

42

44

25

MPG (Highway)

52

39

47

35

MPG (Combined)

48

41

46

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

13.5

13.2

15.8

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

568/581/580

567/527/553

581/620/607

395/553/458

Though nothing is official as of yet, still we expect the 2021 Lexus ES 300h to hit the US shores with the same Li-ion battery pack as the Japan-spec model. In that case, the Lexus ES 300h becomes the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the segment. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Interior

8.5/10

Apart from swapping the old nickel-hydrogen battery with a new Li-ion battery, there is nothing much that the Japanese auto-marque has done to the 2021 ES 300h in the name of revamps. The Lexus ES 300h received some heavy refurbishment in 2019 since the model is still fresh, no changes will be made to the sedan’s cabin. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan front seat

Well for all the right reasons, the current-gen ES 300h’s interiors are nothing short of luxurious and chic. The dash is characterized by horizontally flowing lines that give a delusion of grandeur, making the cabin appear wider. The Lexus ES 300h’s comparatively quiet cabin with top of the line creature comfort puts it on top of the league.

Models

Lexus ES 300h Base

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Buick LaCrosse Premium*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/55.9/42.4

37.9/57.7/44.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.4/57.7/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/54.0/39.3

36.6/55.3/37.0

37.6/55.7/38.0

37.2/56.6/38.0

Speaking of space, well that’s in abundance inside the ES 300h. The hybrid sedan offers more than ample space to all the passengers, at all times, in all directions. The driver and front passenger seats have 10-way power functions with extra under-thigh support that keep comfort levels under check during long drives.

How’s the 2021 Lexus ES 300h’s infotainment system?

The 2021 Lexus ES 300h will essentially carry the same infotainment system as the 2020 model, but with more features. The 2021 Lexus ES 300h’s infotainment upgrades will include the incorporation of features such as SmartDevice Link, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan infotainment

The 2021 ES 300h will get the Lexus Enform infotainment software that’ll beam up all the information on an 8-inch or 12.3-inch display mounted atop the dashboard. Some of the most eminent standard infotainment features of the 2021 Lexus ES 300h will include:

  • 8-Inch Color Display Multimedia System
  • 10-Speaker Sound System
  • Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Integration
  • WiFi Enabled
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth and USB Smartphone Connectivity
  • SmartDevice Link
  • Wireless charging system
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan rear seats
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan rear seat
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan front seats
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan front seat
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan window
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan door panel
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan infotainment screen
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan infotainment display
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan instrument cluster
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Exterior

5.7/10

The 2019 update of the Lexus ES 300h tapped in a longer, wider, and lower body, that enhanced the sporty-appeal of this electrified sedan. The update also made way for a bolder-than-ever Lexus spindle grille with a wavy insert. With all these changes still afresh, we do not expect any design changes on the 2021 Lexus ES 300h. 

Models

Lexus ES 300h Base

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Buick LaCrosse Premium*

Curb Weight (lbs)

3704

3849

3572

3490

Length (in)

195.9

193.9

192.1

197.5

Width (in)

73.4

73.4

72.4

73.5

Height (in)

56.9

58.1

56.9

57.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.9

5.0

5.7

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

113.0

112.2

111.2

114.4

The Lexus ES 300h is one of the heaviest, longest, and widest sedans in its segment. The ES 300h gets a wheelbase of 113-inches that makes this sedan capable of chauffeuring people with comfort while leaving enough cargo volume for weekend getaways.

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan three quarter view
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2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan three quarter view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan third quarter view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan three quarter view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan left side view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan rear three quarter view
2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan third quarter view
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2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Sedan rear view

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Safety

9.0/10

The 2020 Lexus ES 300h scored a “Good” rating in all the tests conducted by IIHS, bagging a “Top Safety Pick+” award from the organization. The sedan also fared outstandingly on the NHTSA scrutinies. Since the 2021 Lexus ES 300h is fundamentally a carryover model only, we expect the same ratings to continue. 

The safety equipment is also expected to remain the same on the 2021 Lexus ES 300h. Some of the most prominent safety features on offer in the Lexus ES 300h includes:

  • 10-standard Airbag System
  • Backup Camera
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Lexus Enform Safety connect
  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0
  • Active lane control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Vehicle Stability Control

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Competition

7.0/10

Lexus ES 300h vs. Lincoln MKZ

2021 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

When it comes to the ES 300h vs. MKZ, Lexus surely has the upper hand. The Lincoln MKZ is undoubtedly a great set of wheels, but it still does not have the equipment to battle it out with the ES 300h. The Lexus ES 300h beats the Lincoln MKZ in all aspects, ranging from engine to performance to interior and safety. 

Lexus ES 300h vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

2021 Toyota camry Hybrid Sedan

Though there is a wide gap between the starting price of the Lexus ES 300h and Toyota Camry, the XLE trim of the 2021 Camry Hybrid comes at a price of $32,730. Speaking of the ES 300h vs. Camry Hybrid XLE, well the Camry surely is a worthy contender of the ES 300h with its luxurious interiors and similar powertrains. So in case you want a luxury badging, go for the ES 300h. However, in case badging does not really concern you, the Camry Hybrid XLE is very much in the same ballpark as the ES 300h. 

2021 Lexus ES 300h hybrid Final Verdict

The Lexus ES 300h has always been a prime contender in the entry-level luxury hybrid sedan segment. Now, with the anticipated introduction of a new Li-ion battery, the ES 300h further strengthens its case. 

The Lexus ES 300h is the ideal blend of stately interiors and intimidating street presence paired to preeminent fuel-efficiency. The ES 300h will not leave you excited every time you pin the throttle, but that’s just not what this sedan was designed for. Apart from that, the ES 300h nails it on every intended aspect.

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