Lexus was not only Toyota’s grand way of selling luxury vehicles but also a testing platform for introducing hybrid models to the masses. Sure, the Prius came first, but Lexus made going green cool with models like the Lexus ES Hybrid. If you look at its current range in the USA, the majority of the cars it offers are available with a hybrid powertrain. Even the LC performance grand tourer can be equipped with a cleaner, greener engine. The ES was one of the first, however, and in our opinion, still one of the best. It may come across as an oddity in terms of size and segment, but it has always been the thinking man’s GS/LS. It offers Lexus build quality, a long list of standard features, and a ride that puts German cars twice the price to shame. The only downside is the lackluster performance from the ES 300h’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder/electric motor combination, which remains the only hybrid engine option in the range.