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3's a Charm logo 5/12/2015 houstonjoe

This is my 4th Lexus; 3rd ES and 1st hybrid. I've enjoyed my sportier cars (S60, C30, Boxster, Z3, TT) but my current need is for a comfortable commuter car that masks the horrible Houston streets and doesn't suck gas during crawls home in traffic. During the 4 months I've owned this ES300h, I've been very impressed with the overall experience with the hybrid system, comfort, and obvious quality of this vehicle. Without changing much about former driving habits I'm managing about 33-34 mpg in mostly heavy city traffic. And it's actually more fun/engaging to drive that I anticipated, given pro reviews. But again, this is no 3-series, and for me, thankfully so.

Favorite Feature : MPG, given a car of this size and class. It looks and feels like the upscale sedan that it is; clients and friends love it. Fit and finish; materials; and the Mark Levinson system are among my favorite attributes. And back-seat passengers are always satisfied with the roominess and accommodations.

Suggested Improvement : Styling is nice, but frankly I prefer the modernity and edginess of the MKZ competitor, though IMO the latter cannot touch the build quality and luxurious aspects of the ES.

Average Rating : 4.25


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