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Stopped at a Shell on IL Rt. 173 and Greenbay Rd. in Beach Park, IL to write about this weeks ride. It is courtesy of Lexus in the form of the 40/39/40 mpg city/highway/combined rated 2015 Lexus ES 300h with a base price of $40,430 + $925 D&H.

On the eve of the next generation being revealed in Shanghai in just a few hours, I have to admit some bias here. This is by far my favorite Lexus all the way from the short lead in IIRC somewhere in Washington State four years ago, through to the various MAMA Rally's, the World Hybrid Experience in Ypsilanti a few years ago and even a stint in a 14 last year.

To begin, the 2015 arrives with a much updated infotainment system, a new high end package, the latest safety equipment, one of my favorite 200 total system hp full hybrid drivetrains from the Camry Hybrid - 0 to 60 in 8 sec., and loads of room - 100 cu. ft passenger and just over 12 cu. ft. cargo - thanks to the Avalon platform vs the Camry's.

Proximity key w/ PB start, 10-way power driver/passenger seats, power moon roof, dual auto climate, owe one-touch windows all around is all std.

This ES 300h arrived with the optional BSM with RCTA ($500), HIDs w/ LED DRLs ($565), Power rear sunshade ($200), Luxury Pkg. incl. new perforated leather heated and cooled front seats and a power tilt and telescopic wheel with 3 memory settings ($1,370).

It also has the HDD voice controlled Navi with backup camera, 8" central display, Enform Remote - new this year incl. remote start and preconditioning, remote monitor and find location features ($1,795) and an Intuitive parking assist system ($500).

Outside, the Lexus "Black Widow" Spindle grille and check mark DRL LEDs define the ES. Unlike the latest Lexus offerings, the more sedate front end is modern but not "out there" like the NX we drove a few weeks back. The hood does nit have a well defined feature lines but instead a lightly sculpted bulge from the right and left side center grille back toward the A-pillars where they disappear. Projector HIDs w/ halogen brights reside within a sedate wraparound housing. Lower front corners include round chrome trimmed fogs.

Moving to the profile, a non-distinct cab rearward coupe profile with chrome trimmed day light opening (DLO) and a minor horizontal character line running from above the front lenses, handles, and rear lenses. Low RRc Bridge stone Turanzas on nice lookin bright 17" alloys and a minor chrome hybrid badge complete the profile. Probably drives Audi designers nuts in its simplicity and lack of pizzaz but in the case of the ES, the lack of angles works for the mid-level luxury cruiser.

Out back is a shark fin antennae, trunk lid lip spoiler large central chrome Lexus badge, a thinner horizontal chrome trim strip, large chrome ES300h badge along the right and lower rear corner parking lamps. The trunk open/close is of the powered variety ($400).

Again, nothing that screams look at me but simple luxury without the drama. And it works too!

Moving inside is where the ES begins to show off its high end design.

A very tightly woven headliner, A, B and C-pillars and sun visor coverings looks nice to the eyes and feels good to the touch. Std. power moon roof, auto dimming rear view with garage remotes complete the top side. The soft touch IP has a nicely shaped curve and a contrasting single white stitch over the instrument hood and under the central display. The central dash includes a small analog clock that does not have as nice a look as the rest of the interior. The optional Luxury pkg. ($1,370) includes a very tasteful horizontal bamboo dash and door inlays with a pewter color thin trim just below. It is results a standout and only wish Lexus had added a band of the same next to the windscreen/dash junction.

That single contrasting white stitching also resides along the side of the front and rear leather seats, front and rear door arm rests, RTI hand rest and the very soft center console cover. Good stuff here.

Leather wrapped thicker gripped wheel with bamboo inserts ($300) plus leather and chrome trimmed shifter look and feel good to the touch.

Fortunately the 15 Lexus ES' 2nd gen Remote Touch Interface (RTI) carries on. It is Lexus' best mouse based infotainment control solution and buries the third gen pad interface disaster the brand is pawning off to new customers on other newer models. I hope they do not change it with tomorrow's next gen release.

A small amount of piano black surrounds the shifter and lower cup holder. Not z fan of piano black in luxury cars as it looks cheap to me.

Unlike the NX, the ES seats are far more comfortable despite still having to short lower cushions for talker drivers. The high end pkg. includes a lower cushion extender and is worth every penny just for that one feature. Soft leather and a more relaxed ergonomic position make for a very relaxed long distance driver.

On the active safety front, the new backup camera, BSM, and RCTA are nice if not expensive upgrades. VSC, TC, ABS, BA, and EBFD will help keep you out of trouble.

Passively the std. 10 airbags incl. Front, side, side curtains, driver and passenger knee and outboard rear seat passenger sides is noteworthy. Even today, GM is the only OEM protecting the back seat occupants to this level with Toyota/Lexus coming on fast.

It does not have a typical sport sedan ride and handling feel. Although the steering is disconnected, the suspension is tuned for impact absorption and there are few vehicles that can isolate the driver from road imperfections as well. A little body roll during hard cornering is the tradeoff but Lexus struck a decent balance here too.

The power window motors are some if the quietest available anywhere and the 44+ mog displayed for driving short 5 mile RT stints from cold is pretty decent. Efficiency history shows most are receiving 32 to 38 over the pas two months and that is not bad for the lead foot Chicago area journalists that think both pedals should be used at the same time as they race to the non-existent trophy at the stop light ahead.

The RTI system works as good as most and I pray Lexus does not bring that 3rd gen monstrosity to the next gen for the 2016 MY.

All in, this 2015 Lexus ES 300h rolled into my drive for $46,995 and there are few vehicles that offer this quiet of luxury with this level of efficiency.

Now time for s calibration drive to Milwaukee and back to see what she can do and how close that aFCD (fuel consumption display) is to actual. The ES 300h could use a Trip A/B aFCD too.
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Scott, excellent recap of your own history. I really hope Lexus stays the
course and does not add the Moraine/NX front end plus keeps it a soft and
comfortable ride.
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Stopped at a Shell on Rt 41 and Rt 173 in Wadsworth, IL to complete the calibration drive of the 2015 Lexus ES 300h. It performed admirably. Prelim Google Map indicates 63.6 miles traveled vs 61.5 miles displayed.

Avg. Fuel Consumption Display (aFCD) indicates 62.7 mpg. From top off to top off, she took 1.004 gal. for a 63.3 mpg result. Finally Toyota/Lexus got off the 5 to 9% optimistic aFCD display nonsense. Yahoo!!!

Sure is nice receiving the kind of efficiency this large luxury driver can deliver. All the while surrounded by all the latest amenities too!

The IIHS has not tested the ES on the Small Overlap so it has not yet earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating. It has the top rating of Good on the 4 other tests so it will be interesting g to see. Toyota/Lexus have fixed the collapsing A-Pillar problem on the rest of their lineup during that particular crash test and I suspect the ES has been fixed as well.

On the NHTSA crash test regimen, the ES is perfect other than the static dimensional rollover calc. 5-stars is 5-stars. :)

There are two or three items I would like to see changed however. Voice NAVI is still FUBAR with some destinations whereas the smartphone through Google nails it each time without a miss.

I would like to see the LED touch lights for map and central interior lighting. It worked exceptional in the NX last week.

Finally the ES 300h needs a sunglass holder in the worst damn way.

If only I could get this car with NAVI for closer to $30k than $40k, Marian would probably be driving it now. Great efficiency, comfortable, quiet, reliable and beautiful surround. What more could you ask? 
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Appreciate the feedback! Yes. My thoughts exactly. I do see your in depth review now. Wow, and congrats on the Audi Magazine write up! 
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