The seventh-generation Lexus ES has received some safety upgrades for 2021, bolstering the already well-equipped line-up. It’ll arrive from November.

    In Australia, the Lexus ES continues to be exclusively available in 300h 2.5-litre hybrid form, though a 3.5-litre V6 petrol is offered overseas.

    Key upgrades for the latest model include the introduction of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist – which brakes the ES if an oncoming vehicle is sensed from behind – on the entry-level ES300h Luxury grade.


    • 2021 Lexus ES300h Luxury – $62,525
    • 2021 Lexus ES300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack – $68,875
    • 2021 Lexus ES300h F Sport – $71,500
    • 2021 Lexus ES300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack – $75,500
    • 2021 Lexus ES300h Sports Luxury – $77,000

    All prices exclude on-road costs


    The Lexus ES300h is powered by a 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid system, offering a combined power output of 160kW.

    While Toyota and Lexus tend to not quote system torque figures for its hybrid models, the luxury brand says the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine develops 221Nm on its own, while the e-motor contributes 202Nm.

    Drive is sent to the front wheels via a hybrid-optimised e-CVT automatic transmission.

    Fuel Economy

    Lexus Australia claims the ES300h will use 4.8L/100km on the combined cycle.


    The ES measures 4975mm long, 1865mm wide and 1445mm tall, with a 2870mm wheelbase.

    In Luxury guise, the ES300h has a kerb weight of 1740kg.

    Total luggage space is 473L.


    The Lexus ES300h wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating achieved in 2018.

    In terms of its individual category scores, the ES achieved 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupants, an impressive 90 per cent for vulnerable road users and 76 per cent for safety assist.

    Dual frontal airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, front and rear chest-protecting side airbags and head-protecting side airbags (curtains) are standard equipment.

    All grades of autonomous emergency braking (City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User), and lane keep assist (LKA) with lane departure warning (LDW), are standard on all variants as well.

    Standard Equipment

    ES300h Luxury highlights:

    • 12.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Lexus App Suite
    • 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tyres
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Keyless entry with an ultrasonic anti-theft alarm
    • Tilt-and-slide sunroof
    • Privacy glass
    • Active Cornering Assist (ACA)
    • LED tail lights
    • 10-speaker sound system including DAB+ digital radio, USB and AUX input
    • Satellite navigation system with SUNA live traffic alerts
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Head-up display
    • Heated, 10-way power front seats
    • Self-dimming interior mirror
    • Dual-zone climate control with nanoe filtration
    • Lexus Climate Concierge

    ES300h Luxury with Enhancement Pack adds:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R18 tyres
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • 14-way power driver’s seat with memory
    • Surround-view camera
    • Power rear sunshade

    ES300h F Sport adds:

    • 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/40R19 tyres
    • Adaptive suspension
    • F Sport styling
    • Selectable drive modes
    • 8.0-inch LCD instrument cluster
    • Surround-view camera
    • Three-eye Bi-Beam LED headlights
    • Adaptive high-beam
    • Front sport seats
    • Power rear sunshade

    ES300h F Sport with Enhancement Pack adds:

    • 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio including subwoofer and amplifier
    • Hands-free power boot-lid
    • Heated steering wheel

    ES300h Sports Luxury swaps the F Sport’s 19-inch alloys for 18-inch alloys, but adds:

    • Hands-free power boot lid
    • Mark Levinson 17-Speaker Audio including subwoofer and amplifier
    • Tri-zone climate control with humidity sensor
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • 14-way power driver’s seat with memory
    • Power reclining, heated outboard rear seats
    • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with woodgrain inserts
    • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
    • Rear armrest with climate, audio, seat and sunshade controls
    • Sunshade on rear window (power) and rear door (manual)


    The Lexus ES300h is offered with three years of capped-price servicing, covering up to 45,000 kilometres.

    In terms of pricing, the ES will set you back $495 for each of those first three visits, equating to $1485 in total.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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