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2013 Lexus ES 300h Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

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2013 Lexus ES 300h



Already in the 2013 model year, Lexus is shipping its new GS sedans--the GS 350 we like best as an F Sport, and the GS 450h we're finagling more time in for a future road test. The follow-up act? A pair of ES sedans making their world debut at the 2012 New York auto show, including a first-ever hybrid for what used to be Lexus' entry-level sedan.

The new ES 350 and ES 300h run in parallel when it comes to styling, for the most part--both are thicker, more muscular than the "L-finesse" sedans they're replacing. The interiors share some of the bigger GS's horizontal styling themes, down to the hybrid's bamboo trim. Gas-electric versions have just some badging and hidden exhaust tips to give away their identity.

The powertrains are closely related to the ones in the Camry. The ES 350's 3.5-liter V-6 has 268 horsepower, sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, just as before; the hybrid's 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four helps it achieve a blended fuel-economy rating estimated at 40 mpg, nearly identical to the Camry Hybrid's 41 mpg.

Both ES sedans get a full set of advanced safety features, and Enform, the mobile-app connectivity suite. Faux-leather interiors are now standard, but leather's still available, and there's a swanky new semi-aniline interior for those who don't mind pushing the price limits.

There's more on both sedans to come, but until our first drives this spring, see our Lexus ES 350 preview and GreenCarReports' take on the 2013 Lexus ES 300h.


 
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