2014 LEXUS ES 300h: Lexus offered the first luxury brand hybrid vehicle nearly 10 years ago, and continues its hybrid leadership by offering five models powered by the innovative Hybrid Synergy Drive. The latest addition, the 2014 ES 300h, cuts a striking figure, highlighted by the Lexus spindle grille, dramatic L-themed LED daytime running lights and coupe-like profile. The car’s shape cheats the wind with a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd), which helps reduce fuel consumption and minimize wind noise. Strong performance and fuel economy figures are do to the Hybrid Synergy Drive that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to generate 200 total system horsepower. Teamed to the system’s electronic continuously variable transmission, the powertrain can move the ES 300h in rapid fashion, with zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. It is also a car with EPA fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined. That makes the ES 300h one of the most fuel-efficient luxury sedans available. The ES 300h conveys its hybrid status in subtle ways, with specific split-five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, lip spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges. Now in its second year, the new-generation ES 300h gains LED fog lamps with HID headlamps, heated/ventilated seats in perforated NuLuxe trim, and Siri Eyes Free mode. Leather is available, as is semi-aniline leather for a more refined look and feel. An array of available driver aids included a Pre-Collision System (PCS), and Lane Departure Alert (LDA).
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