Lexus ES: Sixth Generation

Video: Matt Farah Reviews the 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT

Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire has fallen hard for the 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT, calling it “the most comfortable, refined modern car I’ve driven”:

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mikeavelli
...it is the first Lexus that I truly can confuse with another...
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday.

Roughly every other Saturday, a small group of local car journalists gets together for an indoor soccer match against the folks at DriveShop (managers for some of the local press car fleets), so it's interesting to see what new press cars they sometimes bring. I went outside to the parking lot to retrieve something from my car. Next to me, I see what, from the rear left 3/4 view appeared to be a Genesis G80. As I got closer, I did a stunned double-take when I started seeing Lexus logos and an ES 300h badge. Yes, it was a 7th-gen ES. I rarely confuse cars like that, but it happened.

It did, however, give me a begrudging newfound appreciation for the spindle grille upfront. Not much chance of confusing that with anything else!

I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
mikeavelli
...it is the first Lexus that I truly can confuse with another...
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday.

Roughly every other Saturday, a small group of local car journalists gets together for an indoor soccer match against the folks at DriveShop (managers for some of the local press car fleets), so it's interesting to see what new press cars they sometimes bring. I went outside to the parking lot to retrieve something from my car. Next to me, I see what, from the rear left 3/4 view appeared to be a Genesis G80. As I got closer, I did a stunned double-take when I started seeing Lexus logos and an ES 300h badge. Yes, it was a 7th-gen ES. I rarely confuse cars like that, but it happened.

It did, however, give me a begrudging newfound appreciation for the spindle grille upfront. Not much chance of confusing that with anything else!

I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
mikeavelli
...it is the first Lexus that I truly can confuse with another...
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday.

Roughly every other Saturday, a small group of local car journalists gets together for an indoor soccer match against the folks at DriveShop (managers for some of the local press car fleets), so it's interesting to see what new press cars they sometimes bring. I went outside to the parking lot to retrieve something from my car. Next to me, I see what, from the rear left 3/4 view appeared to be a Genesis G80. As I got closer, I did a stunned double-take when I started seeing Lexus logos and an ES 300h badge. Yes, it was a 7th-gen ES. I rarely confuse cars like that, but it happened.

It did, however, give me a begrudging newfound appreciation for the spindle grille upfront. Not much chance of confusing that with anything else!

I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
Joaquin Ruhi
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday......
I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
I own 14 300h so from my experience, after a while one can get used to the 0-60 time. But, The hybrid provides many other positive benefits overall; really good passing power on HWY, fast cabin cooling in TX heat, serenity in most conditions and also the car does not feel bog down when fully loaded with passengers like a typical NA 4 Cylinder car and most of all excellent fuel economy considering the size and weight of the car, hand calculated I get 35-36 mpg average on a tank of gas.
Joaquin Ruhi
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday......
I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
I own 14 300h so from my experience, after a while one can get used to the 0-60 time. But, The hybrid provides many other positive benefits overall; really good passing power on HWY, fast cabin cooling in TX heat, serenity in most conditions and also the car does not feel bog down when fully loaded with passengers like a typical NA 4 Cylinder car and most of all excellent fuel economy considering the size and weight of the car, hand calculated I get 35-36 mpg average on a tank of gas.
Joaquin Ruhi
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday......
I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
I own 14 300h so from my experience, after a while one can get used to the 0-60 time. But, The hybrid provides many other positive benefits overall; really good passing power on HWY, fast cabin cooling in TX heat, serenity in most conditions and also the car does not feel bog down when fully loaded with passengers like a typical NA 4 Cylinder car and most of all excellent fuel economy considering the size and weight of the car, hand calculated I get 35-36 mpg average on a tank of gas.
Joaquin Ruhi
I had a totally different experience in that regard this past Saturday......
I asked the journalist (and soccer teammate) driving it on his impressions. He said it's typically smooth and quiet and high-quality Lexus, but the 8.4-second 0-60 mph time for the hybrid seemed, to him, disappointingly subpar.
I own 14 300h so from my experience, after a while one can get used to the 0-60 time. But, The hybrid provides many other positive benefits overall; really good passing power on HWY, fast cabin cooling in TX heat, serenity in most conditions and also the car does not feel bog down when fully loaded with passengers like a typical NA 4 Cylinder car and most of all excellent fuel economy considering the size and weight of the car, hand calculated I get 35-36 mpg average on a tank of gas.
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
ssun30
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
I haven't double-checked if those numbers are truly accurate. i'm just going by what this fellow journalist told me.
ssun30
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
I haven't double-checked if those numbers are truly accurate. i'm just going by what this fellow journalist told me.
ssun30
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
I haven't double-checked if those numbers are truly accurate. i'm just going by what this fellow journalist told me.
ssun30
8.4s is really strange considering its power-to-weight ratio. A 1,700kg regular car with 215hp is usually sub-8s even on low resistance tyres, and hybrids should be faster at the same power-to-weight ratio.
I haven't double-checked if those numbers are truly accurate. i'm just going by what this fellow journalist told me.
Published 0-60 time 6 the gen ES300h was 8.1s, but the 2019 es300h brochure does not mention 0-60 time.
Published 0-60 time 6 the gen ES300h was 8.1s, but the 2019 es300h brochure does not mention 0-60 time.
Published 0-60 time 6 the gen ES300h was 8.1s, but the 2019 es300h brochure does not mention 0-60 time.
Published 0-60 time 6 the gen ES300h was 8.1s, but the 2019 es300h brochure does not mention 0-60 time.
Also does any one know if the ESh get the predictive hybrid tech like the UX has?
Also does any one know if the ESh get the predictive hybrid tech like the UX has?
Also does any one know if the ESh get the predictive hybrid tech like the UX has?
Also does any one know if the ESh get the predictive hybrid tech like the UX has?
F Sport in Black looks really sharp:

F Sport in Black looks really sharp:

F Sport in Black looks really sharp:

F Sport in Black looks really sharp:

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That does look good from the outside. Inside is completely opposite especially with that bright red tacky leather.
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That does look good from the outside. Inside is completely opposite especially with that bright red tacky leather.
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That does look good from the outside. Inside is completely opposite especially with that bright red tacky leather.

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