The New York Times has published a review of the 2013 Lexus ES 300h, praising it for “its thoughtful and surprisingly stylish execution”.
The review also includes a minor hint at potential pricing:
…Brian A. Smith, vice president of marketing for Lexus, said the premium that would be levied on the buyers of the hybrid, versus the nonhybrid ES 350, would be “the lowest in our lineup.”
Currently, the RX hybrid is the smallest price difference between the hybrid & standard gas models, with $6,600 separating the two — apply that to ES, and my earlier pricing speculation might not be far off.
The other point I wanted to highlight:
…the hybrid system adds only 130 pounds to the ES’s curb weight.
After driving the ES 350 & ES 300h myself, I thought the difference in weight was negligible, but forgot to ask the specifics — turns out it’s less weight than the average passenger.