My Ride
2015 Lexus ES 300h
Is Exceptional

When it comes to luxury sedans, Lexus is at the top of my list.
With gas prices fluctuating on a day-to-day basis, US drivers want a fuel efficient vehicle. Well, Lexus has been in the hybrid game for more than 10 years now. The 2015 ES 300h is one of five hybrid models that the company offers and its EPA fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined will catch your eye even before you get behind the wheel. It’s love at first sight with the sleek coupe-like profile, especially with the key system. As someone who is always digging through my purse for my car keys, the ES300h makes it easy for me. No more digging, if the keys are in my bag, I simply need to be close enough to the car for it to unlock.
The ES 300h cabin gives up nothing to accommodate the hybrid technology. The car’s 40-inch rear legroom compares with larger luxury sedans. And, even with its dramatically sweeping roofline, the ES 300h offers ample rear-seat head room.
The car stands out with its modern spindle grille and dramatic L-themed LED daytime running lights. Inside, it’s a spacious atmosphere, with the most comfortable 10-way adjustable power front seats and a beautiful leather interior. With the available 12-way heated/ventilated power front seats, you can extend the seat cushions by 1.4 inches for added leg support. Elegant piano-black trim adorns the instrument panel, doors and upper console, and the ES 350 also offers espresso bird’s eye maple or bamboo trim.
The tech side of the ES300h is just as good as its looks. The new standard Display Audio uses a seven-inch touch-screen and also includes HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. If a favorite song comes on the radio while you’re busy with something else, like waiting at a bank drive-through, use the cache radio feature to pause it for up to 15-minutes and then listen later.
The great thing about this particular car screen is that it can be divided into up to three sections to display functions simultaneously. For example, when the car is equipped with optional navigation, you can view the navigation/map plus audio, compass or other function. The navigation system features a bird’s eye map with 3D building views.
With a subscription option, the Lexus Enform Remote is available, allowing the owner to remotely view and control certain vehicle features using a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Key features include remote door lock/unlock, remote stop/start for the engine and climate control, vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more. The Lexus Enform App Suite, meanwhile, upgrades to iHeartRadio™ 4.0 and adds Slacker for more music-listening choices.
Tech features:
Lexus offers high-end Mark Levinson® brand audio systems. The ES 300h’s optional 15-speaker, 835-watt audio system makes any kind of music come to life inside the car. The system features HD Radio with iTunes tagging, DVD audio/video and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver.           
The new Clari-Fi technology automatically analyzes compression in the signal of digital tracks (CD, iPod, etc.). It recognizes the level of compression and determines how much amplification is needed, and where, to correct it. The result is a much cleaner sound that is closer to the original recording.

Now for the actual driving. The ES 300h driver can tailor the driving experience by selecting from among four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. In EV mode, the car can be driven short distances at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides an ideal blend of performance and efficiency for most driving situations. Eco mode favors fuel economy, and Sport mode increases power train responsiveness for a more engaging driving experience.
Safety features:
10 airbags
Pre-Collision System (PCS)
Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
The optional Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)   
Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats are designed to limit excessive head movement in certain rear-end collisions, helping to decrease the severity of whiplash-type injuries.
Lexus offers additional luxury tiers in the ES 300h via the Premium and Luxury packages, with the Ultra Luxury Package delivering flagship-style amenities.

Pricing starts at $40,580
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