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An F Sport option package is now available on the hybrid that gets over 40 miles per gallon in day-to-day driving.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - For 2022 the Lexus ES 300h gets several updates, chief among them is an F Sport trim package that adds sporty touches like unique wheels. The Lexus ES midsize sedan is the bread and butter sedan of Toyota's premium brand. While it doesn't touch the sales figures of the RX crossover SUV, the ES is the sales leader among Lexus passenger cars. There's good reason for that: you can put yourself into a new ES starting at $40,800, and the ES 300h hybrid starting at $41,900.

This fall there are several new features arriving with the 2022 Lexus ES 300h. Chief among them is an F Sport trim package that adds sporty touches like exclusive F Sport badging, a mesh grille with dark surround, trunk lid spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels with a new Black finish, a new sport steering wheel, front seats, pedals, shift lever and gauges with a removable display ring.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 300h is the most affordable Lexus sedan and hybrid, and Lexus has been refining the gas/electric system for years.

That's all style rather than performance, but the ES hybrid is not lazy. Lexus and Toyota have been developing their hybrid system for two decades, and it shows. The system starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and adds an electric motor and continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels. Total system output is 215 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to push the ES 300h from zero to sixty in 8.1 seconds. You won't win any drag races, but it's perfectly good for driving in Portland. Best of all, you'll enjoy 43 MPG in city driving and 44 MPG on the highway.

The interior luxury of the ES 300h is the deal-sealer. The leather-covered seats are supportive and comfortable, and every detail in the car has been thought through with the dedication you expect from Lexus. Controls are easy to use and understand. Lexus provides an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which also includes a touchpad interface on the console. I have to admit, I really dislike touchpads in cars. They encourage a drive to take eyes off the road and they're subject to errors on our rough and bouncy highways. So I just use the touchscreen, and chalk up a point for Lexus.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport features a large touch screen than can also be control by a touch pad mounted on the console.

On the road, you get the same feeling of quality and precision you expect from any Lexus. The only time you have to think about the hybrid system is when you total up your monthly gasoline bill and find it smaller than you expected. Apart from that, you just drive. The Lexus is smooth-riding, quiet, and not in any way dramatic.

Add all that up and you get a car that is just about perfectly suited for anyone with a daily commute. If you're going to be sitting in Portland traffic, or traveling a great distance, you might as well be comfortable and you might as well save gas. That's especially true when the ES 300h is priced just a little bit above comparable economy cars.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The front leather-covered seats are supportive and comfortable, and every detail in the 2022 300h F Sport has been thought through with the dedication you expect from Lexus.

The 2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport is available at area Lexus dealers right now.

2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport

Base price: $41,900

Price as tested: $45,450

Type: Midsize sedan

Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder with hybrid (215 hp, 163 lbs-ft)

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission

EPA estimated mileage: 43/44

Overall length: 195.9 inches

Curb weight: 3,682 pounds

Final assembly: Kyushu, Japan

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The back seats in the 2022 Lexus 300h F Sport are large and comfortableenough for three adults.


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