The pricing information of the 2013 Lexus ES 350 and the ES 300h was finally out. Lexus has revealed the prices of the two models a few weeks before each of these would be offered for sale this August. The 2013 ES 300h is a hybrid model and the first on the ES lineup that will be equipped with a hybrid drivetrain while the ES 350 is classified as a gas-powered vehicle.
Based on the information provided by Lexus, the 2013 ES 300h will be sold at a starting price of $39,745 including the destination charge of $895. This is a 4-door sedan which is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine mated to a continuously variable transmission or CVT. This is expected to obtain the estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 40 miles per gallon in the city and about 39 miles per gallon on the highway.
In terms of price, the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is slotted in the middle of the two of its closest competitors which is the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3. The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is more expensive compared to the ES 300h since its price starts at $50,195 including the $895 destination charge.
The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid on the other hand is sold at a cheaper price compared to the ES 300h. The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is currently sold with a starting price of $35,630 including the $875 destination charge. Given this starting price, it is quite obvious that the 2012 version of the MKZ Hybrid is about $4,115 cheaper than the ES 300h. However, the price difference between the two models is expected to change since the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will arrive on Lincoln’s showrooms this fall and its starting price was not yet revealed.
The 2013 Lexus ES 350 on the other hand which will go on sale together with its hybrid sibling will be sold at a starting price of $36,995 including the shipping charge. The ES 350’s current starting price reflects a $605 price cut from the previous year’s model which is sold at a starting price of $37,600. This reduction might have been brought by the adjustments implemented by Lexus in the ES lineup so as to allow the models to compete fairly with its closest rivals in the segment. Given its current starting price, it is quite obvious that the 2013 Lexus ES 300h is about $2,750 more expensive than the gas-powered ES 350 sedan.