Already a solid player in the segment, the Lexus ES 300h moves to the top of the best resale category for 2016 thanks to numerous visual and functional enhancements that add style and user-friendliness to a first-rate package that opens just under $42,000. What hasn't changed is its well-sorted Lexus Hybrid Drive system that endows this luxurious midsize sedan with excellent fuel efficiency and drivability.
Upping its curbside appeal for 2016, the Lexus 300h boasts a more prominent iteration of its signature spindle grille which is now framed by standard LED headlamps. New L-shaped taillights, a revised color palette and restyled 17-inch wheels round out the exterior remix. Inside, the 300h's stylish and spacious cabin is complemented by even-richer looking trim treatments, an expanded range of Lexus Enform connectivity features and the availability of a Mark Levinson Premium Sound system with all option packages.
Adding an extra measure of confidence, Lexus 300h now offers the Lexus Safety System+ Suite. This upgrade bundle bolsters the car's 10 standard airbags and numerous other driver assists with a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Motivating the 2016 300h is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine paired with an electric motor that collectively turn out 200 horsepower. Backed by an electronically controlled CVT automatic, that duo can hustle this handsome hybrid from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and still let it earn a stellar 40-mpg EPA combined fuel-economy rating. Those kinds of numbers make the Lexus 300h a winner while you own it as well as when the time comes to sell or trade it.