- Competes with: Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Lincoln MKZ
- Looks like: Looks sporty … even though it's probably not
- Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
- Hits dealerships: TBA
Once the pre-eminent champion of affordable, no-thrills luxury sedans, the Lexus ES has lost its luster in recent years. The latest to drink the ES' milkshake is the Buick LaCrosse, which outsold the ES by 30% last year — something that probably doesn't sit well with Lexus.
Lo and behold, not only are we getting an all-new Lexus ES 350 for the 2013 model year, there's also a new hybrid variant that Lexus is calling the Lexus ES 300h.
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The model's new exterior takes cues from the recently redesigned 2013 Lexus GS and the LF-Gh concept, and that's a good thing. The ES bears the trapezoidal "spindle" grille and a low-slung side profile with a squared-off rear end. The V-6 model features integrated dual exhaust cutouts in the bumper, while the hybrid has a hidden exhaust unit.