Lexus ES 300h reliability & safety

With plenty of safety kit and a rock-solid reliability story, the Lexus ES 300h has your peace of mind covered

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES is now in its seventh generation, so although we’ve not seen it here in the UK before it’s certainly not an unknown quantity.

The hybrid system is updated from, but basically similar to, those fitted to millions of Toyota group vehicles now, too, so there’s nothing on the technology side to raise any cause for concern.

Lexus ES 300h reliability & problems

The Lexus ES isn’t featured in our sister title Auto Express' Driver Power 2019 customer satisfaction survey, as it has only just gone on sale in the UK.

Lexus ES

However, the Lexus brand is typically to be found topping our satisfaction charts, and true to form it came in at number one in our latest Driver Power poll.


Euro NCAP has yet to test the Lexus ES, but the model has been independently crash-tested in the US by the NHTSA – the body that originally inspired the Euro NCAP tests – and awarded a full five-star rating. Given the Lexus history of high NCAP scores, we don’t expect it to fare any worse under the NCAP regime.

The ES comes with a package of integrated safety systems called Lexus Safety System +2.0, which includes autonomous emergency braking with the ability to detect cyclists, pedestrian and vehicles. It also has adaptive LED headlamps that not only switch between high and dipped beams, but also adjust the light pattern to reduce glare for oncoming traffic.