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Are you looking for a fuel-efficient sedan but don’t want a weird-looking Toyota Prius? If so, you can sit in the lap of luxury by finding a used Lexus ES 300h. If you really want a bargain, we suggest checking out the 2013 model year. Here is what it has to offer.

2013 Lexus ES 300h
2013 Lexus ES 300h | Lexus

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h blends fuel efficiency and comfort but not style

2013 Lexus ES 300h interior
2013 Lexus ES 300h | Lexus

Beauty is relative, so some may find that the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is handsome, while others may not. We think it looks a little bland. After all, this was around the same time the Toyota Camry still looked pretty blah, so go figure. However, the Lexus ES is technically a gussied-up Camry, so the real treat is when you sit inside the car.

On the inside, the Lexus ES 300h offers soft leather seats and other soft-touch materials on the dash and door panels. The center console is neatly laid out and simple to use. Keep in mind that the car was made 10 years ago, so don’t expect any fancy touchscreens or Apple Carplay in this rig.

Instead, you’ll get a Display Audio screen, which shows the audio menus in a non-touchscreen that you can control with a remote knob and dial on the center console. Welcome to 2013.

There’s also an AM/FM radio, HD radio, and a CD player for your old-school entertainment. Fortunately, there is Bluetooth as well, so you can at least listen to audio from your phone.

What kind of mileage does the 2013 ES 300h get?

The 2013 Lexus ES 300h can get up to 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Now, before you scoff at those numbers, remember that the EPA also states that this car can squeeze around 696 miles out of a single tank of fuel. Now that’s impressive.

Under the hood of the Lexus ES 300h is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an electric motor. In combination, the setup puts out 200 hp and sends it to the front wheels via a CVT. Unfortunately, an all-wheel drivetrain is not available.

That’s still enough power to send the car up to 60 mph from a stop in only 8.1 seconds – according to Lexus – which is a couple of seconds faster than a Toyota Prius of the same vintage.

How much does a 2013 Lexus ES 300h cost today?

2013 Lexus ES 300h rear
2013 Lexus ES 300h | Lexus

A nationwide search on CarGurus shows that 2013 Lexus ES300h’s are currently being priced anywhere from $11,000 to $25,000, depending on the car’s condition, mileage, and location. Fortunately, it’s a Lexus, so most buyers won’t have to worry too much about the high-mileage candidates. But, as always, we suggest having a pre-purchase inspection done before purchasing any used car. Especially one that is 10 years old.

Also, Car Edge reports that it can cost an average of $1,100 to maintain a 2013 ES300h annually, which is lower than most luxury sedan models. Considering the car’s cost, gas mileage, standard features, and relatively cheap maintenance, the 2013 Lexus ES300h could prove to be the perfect luxury bargain for anyone in need of a fuel-efficient sedan right now.


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