The 2013 Lexus ES has earned a five-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid earned the highest ratings in each of the government's crash evaluations, including overall driver safety, frontal crashes and overall side impacts, save one. The sedan only achieved a four-star rating in the NHTSA rollover protection test, but that fault wasn't enough to keep the vehicle from earning a five-star designation overall.

The announcement doesn't mention the recent Consumer Reports claim that the ES comes with a faulty emergency trunk release that can be easily broken in a panic situation.

As you may recall, the 2013 ES 350 carries an MSRP of $36,100, plus an $895 destination fee and offers buyers a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 good for 248 pound-feet of torque, as well. The ES 300h, meanwhile, stickers at $38,850 plus the same destination charge.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boring.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A really attractive, fun car" - said no one ever.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota with a good crash rating - finally a feature it can use.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, was this photo taken before or after the crash test?
      babby201
      • 2 Years Ago
      If thats someones Idea of Luxury ,just kill me now .
      interruptive_cow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those headlights look like nipples to me.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      The design and execution of the detail where the hood meets the grille and lamps is very poor and definitely not at the refinement level you would expect from a car that is trying so hard to be called a "luxury car".
      Jared Montgomery
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't usually comment on styling (to each their own) but there's something strange going on at the front of this vehicle. Can't quite put my finger on it, but instead of aggressive, the car looks concerned or scared. That's the only way I can think to describe it.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree, and their 27 year old transmission on the Corolla...Or the Camry platform dating back from the early 90s.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        The current Camry rides on the same platform as the previous generation that debuted in 2006. The platform is used for two generations, then it is truly an "all new" vehicle.
      Ben Doolittle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, wait, wait, RS6 Avant is out yesterday & you lead with this?
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that was a horrible crash. Look at the poor thing!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a boring car, but I see a ton of new ones on the road here along with Camry, and Accords. I guess boring is the sales leader now. Yeah, totally looks like a buick.
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