Overall Rating: 8.2
Bottom Line: Larger but leaner, the 2013 Lexus ES gains a hybrid model and some very attractive new styling to stave off strong new competition.
Over the years, we've come to appreciate the Lexus ES as a superb luxury sedan, but one that isn't really all that enjoyable to drive. With a redesign for 2013, Lexus has given the ES 350 the equivalent of some high-fashion sneakers with its suit; it's lighter and leaner and drives far more responsively than the previous version—all without getting in the way of comfort and quiet. And there's a new ES 300h Hybrid model that returns an EPA 40 mpg City.