2013 Lexus ES
has earned a five-star crash rating from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
. The 2013
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
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
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.