Lexus has kicked up its hybrid offerings over the past few years, and the Lexus ES hybrid is a prime example of this fuel efficient expansion. Now in its sixth generation, the Lexus ES welcomed the hybrid variant for the 2012 model year and it has been going strong ever since. Like its gas-powered siblings, the ES Hybrid shares its platform with the Toyota Avalon but still includes all of the same luxury points as you would expect in a Lexus. With good looks, a comfortable interior with ample space and excellent fuel economy ratings, the Lexus ES Hybrid takes the crown for the 2014 Best Resale Value Award in the hybrid/alternative energy car category.
The ES Hybrid's stylish shape, including the new spindle grille that's making its way across the entire Lexus lineup, is a change of pace for a segment known for aerodynamics above all else. The aforementioned spindle grille creates a wide divide among onlookers while exclusive interior and exterior styling cues help separate the ES Hybrid from its gasoline-only siblings. Slide into the driver's seat and you'll notice immediately that all of the normal refinements expected in a Lexus are included.
The Lexus ES Hybrid's claim to fame is its gas-electric powertrain comprising a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine matched with an electric motor and a 6-speed automatic transmission, boasting one of the smoothest transitions between gas and electric power available today. With a 40 combined mpg rating from the EPA, the Lexus ES Hybrid is one of the most fuel efficient sedans currently on the market.
The Lexus ES Hybrid enters the 2014 model year with only a $100 increase on the base model's price, and now starts at $39,350. Competitively speaking, the Lexus ES Hybrid undercuts rivals like the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid by $4,600, making the Lexus ES Hybrid an even more compelling example.
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