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    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500h, the first multistage hybrid luxury sedan, delivers one of the most poised and engaging driving experiences around. You and four friends will be embraced by plush and spacious seating and surrounded by a sophisticated cabin. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area for a first-class encounter.


    A 354-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual electric motors and a self-charging lightweight lithium-ion battery power the LS 500h. A multistage electronically controlled continuously variable transmission is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters. The standard rear-wheel drivetrain accomplishes 0 – 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a top track speed of 136 mph and earns an estimated 33 mpg highway and 25 mpg city. Drive modes consist of Normal, Sport, ECO, EV, and Manual. Optional features include all-wheel drive, a Torsen® limited-slip center differential, and an adaptive variable air suspension.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Leather seating with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear sunshade, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, voice command, Apple CarPlay®, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a hands-free power trunk are standard features. Semi-aniline leather seats, 28-way and 22-way power-adjustable front and rear seats respectively, butterfly power-retractable front headrests, power-reclining rear seats with butterfly headrests, massage settings in both the front and rear seats, an extendable right-rear ottoman, and the Lexus Climate Concierge four-zone climate control are available.


    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 brings safety to the forefront with standard lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane tracing assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. An advanced 10-airbag system, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic braking, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and smart stop technology are also standard. Available safety features include a 24-inch full-color head-up display and a panoramic view monitor utilizing four high-resolution cameras.


    Starting at $79,960 MSRP


    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.


    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 MSRP