Published: September 8, 2014 | United States
The 2015 Lexus ES 300h gets a handful of small updates, including several new infotainment features. A new optional feature for 2015 is Lexus Enform Remote. This subscription-based service allows owners to monitor and control certain vehicle functions with a compatible iOS or Android smartphone. With this , owners can remotely lock and unlock the doors, start or stop the engine, set the climate control, and keep an eye on teenagers, friends, or anyone else they might loan their car to.
The available second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) gets a new design. Using the system controller on the center console, one can operate the climate control, audio system, phone, optional navigation system and more. Menus display in the center-dashboard screen.
With its ultra-quiet cabin, the ES 300h presents the ideal listening room for the standard eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, which plays from the in-dash CD player, USB/iPod® connectivity and an integrated SiriusXM® Satellite Radio receiver with an all-access 90-day trial subscription. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) adjusts system volume in response to ambient noise. Lexus offers high-end Mark Levinson® brand audio systems. Audiophiles have known about Mark Levinson high-end home audio since the 1970s. The ES 300h’s optional 15-speaker, 835-watt audio system makes any kind of music come to life inside the car. The system features HD Radio with iTunes tagging, DVD audio/video and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver. GreenEdge technology doubles amplifier output while reducing its energy consumption by 50 percent. The reduced electrical load on the car contributes to better fuel efficiency.
The available Lexus Enform service, with Destination Services, and App Suite, can make a compatible smartphone even smarter. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing™, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable®, get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com™, listen to Internet radio, (including Pandora®, iHeartRadio and Slacker), search business reviews on Yelp®, and check in on Facebook Places™.
Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Lexus Enform Remote, and Lexus Enform Destination Services come with one-year trial subscriptions. Lexus Enform Safety Connect is standard on all vehicles, while Lexus Enform Destination Services is on all vehicles equipped with the optional Navigation system. The Lexus Enform response centers operate 24 hours a day, every day.