‘Outstanding’ ES 300h Captures Australia with ‘Serene’ Luxury

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Lexus ES 300h

Seventh-gen ES arrives in Australia as a hybrid, shines against the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes with comfort, value, and elegance.

Seven generations ago, Lexus arrived on the scene with the ES, short for “Elegant Sedan.” The goal was simple: prove to the world that Japanese luxury is an equal to, if not above, the finest offered from Germany and the United States. As we all now know, Toyota hit a homerun with the Lexus brand and the ES, opening the floodgates for Lexus and its homeland competitors in so doing.

The hits continue to come to this day, as Australia’s Cars Guide declares with the latest to land on the streets of Sydney, the Lexus ES 300h.

Lexus ES 300h

The ES 300h is also the only ES available in the Australian market, “as if hinting at things to come,” per Cars Guide. The 2.5-liter inline-four and electric motor deliver 294 horses and 312 lb-ft of torque for plenty of get-up and go, while the 244.8V nickel-metal hydride battery (which resides under the rear seats for improved cargo space in the trunk) is recharged via regenerative braking. All of that provided the publication an average of 44 mpg after 65 miles of combined city and highway driving.

Lexus ES300h

Cars Guide found the ES 300h to be “quiet and comfortable,” thanks to the supportive front seats, plenty of legroom for rear passengers, and smooth, composed ride manners. The interior design may not “set everybody’s world on fire,” the publication says, but there are fans who appreciation the ES 300h’s “asymmetrical styling with different textured surfaces that fold, swoop and jut up against each other’s space.”

The final verdict for Cars Guide is that the ES 300h “is outstanding in terms of ride comfort, refinement and value,” and more than capable of handling itself “in a serene, prestigious and fuel-efficient way.” We certainly agree.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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