2022 Lexus ES300h Ultra Luxury new car reviews

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What the Lexus ES lacks in sporty handling and raw performance, it tries to make up for with a smooth and comfortable ride.

Fitting, then, we were given the keys to the top-of-the-line "Ultra Luxury" trim–this one equipped with the optional hybrid powertrain.

So, does this Lexus live up to its Ultra Luxury nameplate? Read our review below to find out.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

When it comes to Lexus sedans, make them big and rear-drive. Bonus points for V8 power.

That front-drive ES? Not really my thing. The steering just always felt too vague. Leave that for the novices.

But then something happened in recent years. Lexus got the steering right and, suddenly, the ES didn’t feel like a dressed-up Toyota. Now, I admit, I’m a fan.

Is this a BMW fighter? No, we’re not there yet. Is it a car you’ll see in GRM? Likely not–maybe in a few decades we’ll see one at the $2000 Challenge.

But if someone’s looking for a roomy sedan and is wondering if the latest ES is worth a look, the answer is now yes. Call it GRM-approved even if it’s not ready for the pages of GRM.

It’s comfortable, it’s quick, and the hybrid drive engages seamlessly.

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