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Lexus has officially slapped a window sticker on its 2013 ES 350 sedan and ES 300h hybrid. Unlike most new car and truck refreshes, this one comes with a bit of a pricing shocker: the 2013 Lexus ES 350 has been priced at $36,100* – a decrease of 1.7 percent compared to the 2012 ES sedan. (Add delivery charges of $895 to all listed prices.)

That asking price will net the driver a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine (248 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic sending power to the front wheels. The EPA estimates that combo is good for 21 miles per gallon city, 31 highway and 24 combined.

Want something a little more... electric? Checking the box for the ES 300h and its 2.5-liter engine/electric motor hybrid combination will run you $2,750 over the base ES. Those $38,850 bring fuel mileage figures of 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined courtesy of its 200 total horses. Drivers can also engage an EV mode that keeps the gas-powered engine off at low speeds for short distances.

Want to know more about the 2013 ES? Click here for our detailed First Drive report, then scroll down for the official pricing press release.
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Lexus Announces Pricing for 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h

•ES 350 Priced 1.7 Percent Lower Than Previous Generation's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
•Lowest Hybrid Premium in Lexus line-up
•ES 300h Delivers EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Ratings of 40 MPG Combined


TORRANCE, Calif. - July 16, 2012 – Lexus today announced Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2013 ES 350 and first ever ES 300h which will arrive at dealerships next month. The 2013 ES 350 luxury sedan carries a base MSRP of $36,100, reflecting a decrease of 1.7 percent versus the previous generation's MSRP. The ES 300h luxury hybrid sedan will have a MSRP of $38,850, representing a difference of $2,750 over the ES 350, the lowest hybrid premium in the Lexus line-up. The ES 350 and ES 300 hybrid will arrive at dealerships in August. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $895.

For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the ES 300h is expected to earn EPA fuel economy ratings of approximately 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined. The ES 300h generates 200 total system horsepower.

The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700. The six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides enhanced driving performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts. Low friction materials further improve efficiency and help with the ES 350's EPA-fuel economy estimates of 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

Both the ES 350 and ES 300h feature a Drive Mode selector. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain and steering responsiveness. The ES 300h adds an EV mode which allows short distance drives, at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack.

A stiffer chassis is achieved through lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and more body welds. Revised suspension geometry, shock absorber dampening and a quicker steering gear ratio deliver more precise handling while enhancing ride comfort.

The ES features a class-leading 10 airbags as standard equipment. The optional Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) helps detect vehicles in side blind spots. The RCTA alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot. Available Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is integrated with automatic high beam dimming technology. The available Pre-Collision System (PCS) uses sub-millimeter wave radar, designed to detect certain obstructions traveling ahead and prepare the vehicle for a potential collision.

Lexus Safety Connect®, including Enhanced Roadside Assistance, an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Stolen Vehicle Location services, and Automatic Collision Notification, is offered on all new Lexus vehicles with a one-year trial subscription.

The standard Lexus Premium Sound System features eight-speakers with Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL), in-dash CD player, USB/iPod® connectivity, and an integrated SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver with a 90-day trial subscription. The available Display Audio package adds a seven-inch screen, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and a rear backup camera.

An available 15-speaker 835 watt Mark Levinson® audio system features an eight-inch display screen, DVD audio/video. Exclusive GreenEdge technology from Mark Levinson doubles the output of the amplifier, while reducing energy consumption by fifty percent.

The optional HDD Navigation System includes voice command, an integrated backup camera, an eight-inch screen, and the next generation Lexus Enform® system with App Suite. Lexus Enform provides seamless connectivity with Bing™ search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable®, Pandora®, Yelp® and Facebook Places through compatible smart phones. Apps are updated through over-the-air downloads, so new apps and content can be added as they become available. (A one-year subscription to Lexus Enform with App Suite is included.)


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      • 3 Years Ago
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        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        The ES350 is a FWD car; I'm not aware of any 8 speed transmission designed for this layout although ZF has a new 9 speed transverse auto. Your question is a good one for Lexus but regarding the GS350, I just assumed they would have been able to adapt the LS’ 8 speed to the v6.
      MARTY
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought the new Lexus es 350 and you should know some things that the review people have not mentioned. The car is very,very thin sheet metal. My car door actually vibrates when I close it. They have not maintained the quality we Lexus owners are used too. The road noise is enhanced because of the thin (paper thin) metal the car is made from. I have had 6 previous Lexus\' and I am very disappointed. I would not buy this car........
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      good for old indian general practitioner family "doctors"...some korean general practitioners used to stroll in these things, but nowadays they buy the equus.(another POS)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      A base Camry starts at $22k. Are there REALLY $14,000 worth of "improvements" in this ES to warrant the $36k base price? I really got to give it to Toyota. While I am no fan of either of these cars, the reality is that both of them sell extremely well, and yet they are based on the same basic platform. For Toyota to be able to get away with such commonality and save a boat-load of money, yet still aim these cars are different demographics, they really do deserve props.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The new ES350 is based on the Avalon now, not the Camry. A And what you describe is the same for many cars, are there really $33K worth of "improvement" in a GT500 to warrant the $55K base price over a base Mustang? Are there really $41K worth of "improvement" in an Escalade to warrant the $41K base price over a base Silverado truck (same basic platform)?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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        pusanpa78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Sorry but the new ES is using Avalon platform.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it's the end of the line for auto development. After 50 years and trillions of dollars, THIS is what you call a state of the art automobile. Pathetic!
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        I can't believe there are people who actually downvoted you. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. There is absolutely no elan, no desire whatsoever to create something different and exciting...this cleft lip front would not qualify as something "innovative", it is merely a haphazard thoughtless design attempt to claim that they actually updated the car design It is pathetic but more pathetic is the fact that there are people who honor this POS buy spending money on it
      Cadillacftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Cadillac XTS puts this thing to shame.
        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        I agree but it's also significantly more expensive (base $44,995 vs $36,100). Based on last year's pricing an ES350 with the most luxurious option package selected is still $2,000 cheaper than the base XTS. I wish GM had priced this Caddy in the high 30s, I think it could have really dented Lexus' quasi monopoly on the FWD luxury market (no Buick doesn't count). Seems like a lost opportunity to me.
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        Iwonder who the MORONS are who downvoted you on your very true comment
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        Yes it does.
      Travis Miles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would actually like this!
      Ron
      • 3 Years Ago
      still about 4-6k over priced in the market....
      kool350z
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boring and Bland
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      A good, solid, luxurious car for the money. I don't know why people complain about it. If you don't like it, don't buy it, there are plenty of other people who will.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
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      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      Already looks dated, the ES has to be the most boring vehicle produced save for the Camry, but then again people who buy these things are looking for vanilla...
      kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      *yawn* im sure geriatrics won't hesitate to spend that much on a rebadged avalon. that is, if they can figure out how all the technocrap works.
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