2019 Lexus 350 Es Just when it seems the automotive industry has lost its approach with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy automotive emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Lexus 350 Es.
Usually derided by fans as appliances, the no-frills commuter automotive gets the overwhelming majority of consumers the place they want to go in the manner they wish to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Lexus 350 Es does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a bit nuts: the common transaction worth for a brand new car is greater than $37,000, according to Kelley Blue Ebook. Easy to blame the automakers in this period of no accountability however we’re the ones paying these massive costs for giant vehicles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Lexus 350 Es places each dollar to purposeful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Lexus 350 Es blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it looks extra composed than the youthful outgoing model that attempted too onerous to be totally different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer indignant, and the whole look is smoother entrance to back. However still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Lexus 350 Es in the US is built on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could possibly be significant for cold-weather shoppers cautious of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking little bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg mixed, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with no plug, the 2019 Lexus 350 Es trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically controlled brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Lexus 350 Es averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps preserve power beneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there may be enough charge in the battery.
The battery is located below the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load floor. Rear seat room is ample enough to fit two teens, and overall it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The one trim in the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works each at highway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain competitive.
Priced at solely $3,000 more than the 2019 Lexus 350 Es and $1,200 less than a similarly geared up Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Lexus 350 Es is the perfectly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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