The new 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD midsize sedan features the option of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 203 horsepower. It’s paired with the same eight-speed transmission that the ES 350 uses, which is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 302 horsepower. A third hybrid powertrain is also available on the ES 300h. It combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a new, smaller lithium-ion battery for a combined output of 215 horsepower. Thanks to its small size, engineers were able to move the battery from under the trunk to the rear seat, freeing up cargo-carrying capacity.
All ES models are fuel conscious: the new ES 250 AWD achieves 28 combined mpg, the larger ES 350 gets 26 combined mpg and (as expected) the 300h delivers an impressive 44 combined mpg.
There are four trim levels available for each powertrain: Basic, Luxury, Ultra Luxury, and F Sport. The new Black Line layers on top of all F Sport models. The only mechanical change on the F Sport model is an adaptive variable suspension, which automatically adapts to road conditions for improved handling and a sportier ride quality. Beyond that, the F Sport models are differentiated by their darkened 19-inch wheels, a distinctive front bumper and grille, and a rear spoiler. Changes to the interior include heated and ventilated front seats, a performance-inspired instrument cluster, aluminum pedals and the F Sport badge throughout.
For consumers who want a more personalized appearance, Lexus also offers a limited Black Line Special Edition appearance package based on the ES F Sport trim. Only 1,500 of the Black Line models will be built. Styling trims include three signature colors, a two-tone interior, black side mirrors, blacked-out wheels, and a black rear spoiler.
New for 2021 is the addition of Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert on all models except the base. Like the 2020 ES, the Luxury trim adds larger, darker 18-inch wheels, a power rear sunshade, and a mix of wood and leather interior trim. The Ultra Luxury has a panoramic view monitor, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper defrost system, and an upgraded foam interior. It also features the GPS navigation package and a 12.3-inch information display.
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