4/6/2012—Although we’ve been showering you with details on the new 2013 ES, sometimes it’s helpful to do a little show and tell.
As you can see, Lexus engineers gave the model both a new look and a new stance: it’s got a lower profile, and it looks a bit more aggressive. The big news, of course, is that the popular model now has a hybrid option, the ES 300h.
Plus there’s plenty to ask your dealer about when the car becomes available for test drives in August. Among the noteworthy 2013 ES technologies: an available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). It operates like its name would suggest: the Blind Spot Monitor helps detect vehicles in side blind spots, while the RCTA system alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot.
—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR
 Do not rely exclusively on the Blind Spot Monitor to determine if a lane change is safe. Always look over your shoulder and use your turn signal before changing lanes. There are several limitations to the function, detection, range, and clarity of the monitor. For a complete list of limitations and directions regarding use of the monitor, please see your owner’s manual.
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