Specifications of Lexus ES VII (XV70) 300h (215 HP) Hybrid Automatic
General characteristics of Lexus ES VII (XV70) 300h (215 HP) Hybrid Automatic
This mid-size executive sedan measures 195.9 inches in length, making it a fraction longer than the BMW 5 Series but over four inches shorter than the Volvo S90. The overall width of the 2021 ES is 73.4 inches, it's 56.9 inches tall and rides on a 113-inch wheelbase. Versions equipped with AWD are slightly taller at 57.1 inches.
Depending on the trim, the Lexus ES has a curb weight of between 3,690 and 3,780 pounds, with hybrid derivatives being on the heavier end of the spectrum.
The Lexus ES is the perfect mid-size luxury sedan for those who want all the comfort afforded by German rivals, but without having to shout about it. If you get one of these cars in black or white, you'll happily blend in with traffic without drawing too much attention. Lexus offers the ES in 12 different colors, namely Nightfall Mica, Eminent White Pearl, Nebula Gray Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, and Sunlit Green. None of these colors will cost anything extra besides Eminent White Pearl, which goes for $425. Most of these color options are quite subdued, but if you're looking for something more striking, we'd suggest going with Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0. This color costs $595 and is limited to F Sport derivatives. Ultra White is also limited to the sportier models for an additional $425. As color availability differs from trim to trim, the configurator will help you find out if your color of choice is compatible with the trim you want.
There are three engine options available for 2021. The ES 250 comes with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine choice will be perfect for those planning on sticking to the city limits where the four-pot engine can happily mill about in traffic and save on fuel. The ES 250 makes its lack of power abundantly clear and struggles to overtake at higher speeds and especially when heavily loaded. The Lexus ES Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder/electric motor combination producing 215 hp, and doesn't feel particularly quick either. We suggest sticking with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, which trades all-wheel drive for more power. This power plant produces a healthy 302 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque and is also paired with an eight-speed automatic. The V6 is silky smooth and has a beautifully linear powerband. There's enough go for most situations, and highway cruising is effortless and suits the ES' luxurious and refined image.
The two engine options on offer for 2021 both come with their pros and cons. The apparent benefit of the smaller 2.5-liter engine is its superior gas mileage figures. Despite its AWD drivetrain configuration, the ES 250 AWD will return 25/34/28 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, according to the EPA. The more powerful 3.5-liter V6 in the ES 350 will see those numbers drop down to 22/32/26 mpg, which isn't a huge sacrifice for all the extra power this more powerful engine offers. The F Sport is the heaviest of the lot, with a figure of 22/31/25 mpg. With a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, expect a maximum range of between 398 miles and 445 miles.
For greater efficiency, the ES 300h hybrid will manage 43/44/44 mpg. Despite the hybrid's smaller 13.2-gallon tank, it still has an impressive range of 580 miles.
Comfort is the name of the game, and the Lexus ES, more so than most of its rivals, focuses on passenger space. Getting in and out of the ES is easy; there isn't a dramatically sloping roofline or an impractically low ride height to contend with. Once inside, the cabin feels spacious, and that's because it is. In the front, six-footers will enjoy an abundance of space and a generous 42.4 inches of legroom. At the back, there is a similarly generous 39.2 inches of legroom, more than you'd get in the 5 Series or A6, and headroom is also more than enough for the average-sized adult. The front seats are exceedingly comfortable and offer 10-way power adjustability, including lumbar support. Upper trims have a 14-way power driver's seat.
The tale of the Lexus ES' cargo space is bittersweet. This Japanese executive is generous when it comes to trunk space and offers 13.9 cubic feet for all models, hybrid included. That is almost the same as the 14 cubic feet you get in the BMW 5 Series and just a bit more than the 13.7 cubes in the Audi A6. This is enough space to pack the baby stroller and your set of golf clubs. Unfortunately, the rear seats do not fold flat, putting the ES at a great disadvantage. Lexus has included a pass-through for longer objects, but that is still limiting.
On the inside, small-item storage is decent. You get all your standard storage solutions, such as a glove box, door pockets, and a center console storage bin, but Lexus also includes handy tricks such as rear coat hooks and front seatback pockets.