In an effort to inject more emotion into its mainstream mid-size luxury sedan, Lexus muted the qualities that made previous versions of the ES perennial winners.
The 2013 ES still provides a comfy, quiet interior and gets good fuel economy.
But the cosseting, easygoing nature has been dialed back with a less plush ride, cuts in interior refinement and more complicated controls.
Further, despite the attempt to infuse more sportiness into the ES, it's not agile, nor is it fun to drive.
However, the rear seat picked up more room, a hybrid powertrain was added and the navigation system got 3D maps.
Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with front braking, lane-departure warning and audible front and rear park assist.
We recommend going with the hybrid ES 300h with the Premium and Luxury packages, plus the optional blind-spot monitor.