2021 Lexus ES Hybrid Is Even More Efficient Than Before

However, these numbers are based on the WLTC combined cycle, which often differs from EPA ratings used in the US. Still, it gives an indication of the improvement that Lexus has been able to achieve. The current ES uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a permanent-magnet electric motor to manage a total system output of 215 horsepower. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, it’s far from a hot performer, but it was never meant to be one.

Other updates announced in the Japanese market include the addition of digital side-view mirrors on the F Sport version. The feature was originally available on the base ES only, making the ES the first production car ever to have it, but unfortunately, the tech is limited to Japan for now. This system utilizes interior digital displays with guidelines to make it easier for the driver to gauge the distance from other cars.

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