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The Lexus ES is a unique offering in the luxury sedan world. A bit of an old school car, the ES focuses on passenger space, comfort, and efficiency. Available with traditional gasoline engines or hybrid powertrains, there are a lot of models to choose from.

We find the ES is one of the best long-distance road trip cars as it eats up mile after mile of highway.


Comfortable ride, premium cabin, stable handling


Doesn’t feel 302-horsepower fast, occasionally confused transmission, F Sport adds little

Bottom Line

A luxury sedan for those that prioritize smooth cruising over corner carving, the ES is all about travelling in comfort.

2023 Lexus ES 300h F Sport Handling Review

There’s no direct way to get to Road America.

The famed Wisconsin racetrack resides in Elkhart Lake, about halfway between Green Bay and Milwaukee. For most, traveling to Road America involves either flying into Milwaukee or Chicago, and then driving north.

As the location of the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally, I need to get to America’s national park of speed, Road America. With greater flight flexibility, I chose Chicago’s O’Hare airport as my starting point for my journey northward. Upon landing I was greeted with my ride for the week, a 2023 Lexus ES 300h F Sport Handling. That’s a lot of letters and words crammed together, but each does have meaning behind the exact spec of car I’m driving.

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2023 Lexus ES 300h F Sport Review

Driving the 2023 Lexus ES 300h F Sport is like catching up with an old friend after a long spell and not missing a beat.

We last hung out almost exactly three years ago. I don’t need to tell you a lot has changed since. Yet the hybrid version of Lexus‘ standard-bearer sedan is a familiar presence.

That’s not to say the Japanese company has let this four-door stagnate. It’s become smarter, with a vastly improved infotainment system and better standard safety kit. With the F Sport trim available on the ES 300h since last year, it’s gone to the gym, too—or at least bought a bright pair of Nikes for the trip there. Despite the looks, this is still a big luxury sedan that puts comfort at the top of the priority list, and that makes it an appealing all-rounder.

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Toyota Crown vs Lexus ES: Which Luxury Sedan is Right for You?

The Toyota Crown is a car unlike any others on the market. But there’s a family rivalry brewing. For the best luxury bang for your buck, we’re looking at the Toyota Crown vs Lexus ES.

The Toyota Crown is a wholly different proposition than the Avalon that came before. A sort of crossover between a sedan and an actual crossover, this vertically stretched sedan sits as the flagship of Toyota’s car lineup. Available only as a hybrid (including a new, more powerful setup in the top Platinum trim), it certainly can’t be accused of blending in.

For similar money, you can get a luxurious four-door in a more conventional shape. Lexus has been cranking out the ES for 30 years now, and the latest one continues what it does best: smooth, nonplussed transport in a spacious, comfortable cabin. There are similarities—not least of which is the shared chassis both cars ride on—but the ES differs from the young upstart in a few key ways.

Which one better suits your needs? We take a deep dive into both cars’ specs to figure that one out.

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Detailed Specs

Price $43,190- $50,885
Engine2.5-liter 4-cylinder / 2.5-liter 4-cylinder + hybrid / 3.5-liter 6-cylinder
Power203 hp / 215 hp / 302 hp
Torque 184 lb-ft / N/A / 267 lb-ft
DrivetrainFWD / AWD
Transmission8AT / eCVT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy)22–43 mpg / 31–44 mpg
Cargo Capacity13.9 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Lexus ES



Quality and Styling8.0
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