The 2013 Lexus ES sedans already have a strong reputation for interior comfort, and they’re coveted by those who want a plush interior, silky ride, and tight, quiet cabin. All that hasn’t changed in the new ES; but upgraded interior materials along with increased legroom in back together step the comfort appeal of these models to a new level.
Lexus has made the centermost rake of the steering column a little closer to horizontal this time, and combined with seats that have a greater range of adjustability—as well as longer cushions for the front seats and available extendable thigh bolsters—the effect is the The new ES has about four inches more rear legroom, and its wheelbase is now two inches longer than the Camry on which it's based.
All ES models now include a 10-way power driver seat, while the available 12-way seat brings extendable lower cushions—a feature some of our long-legged editorial team would definitely opt for.
Get the ES 300h and the only thing you give up is the trunk pass-through, and a little bit of trunk space. We saw no significant difference in actual backseat packaging or space.
While the ES 350 is a perfect ten in terms of refinement, you do have a bit more engine noise in the ES 300h, especially when you drive it a little harder or go to make a quick pass, and the four-cylinder engine kicks on with a raspy sound—although it’s never boomy and it’s surprisingly just as well isolated from powertrain vibrations as the V-6. We also noticed a little more whine from the electrical components in the hybrid than we've noticed in other Lexus and Toyota hybrids—the one downside, perhaps, to making the rest of the ES 300h so darn quiet.