You know that old phrase: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me? Well, the Lexus ES 300h fooled me about 6 times during my test period. Well, probably more actually. It was like a mini April Fools' joke every time I exited the car. I could almost hear the car laughing at me with it's little "ding, ding, ding" as I opened the car door. You know that ding. The one that tells you that you've clearly done something wrong. Doing my 360 check (every time). No, the lights aren't on. No, I didn't leave the car in gear. No I haven't popped the trunk or hood, left car windows open or have a back door ajar. Why, little car, why do you mock me?
Oh. Yeah. I guess it would help if I actually turned the car off. And, yeah. This happened multiple times. You'd think after the first (or second or third or ...), I would have realized what the mocking ding meant. But no.
The reason: The ES 300h is just so darn quiet. Whether the engine is on or off, it's barely a hum that enters the passenger cabin. And I drove a lot with the windows up and sound off just to listen. It's pretty amazing.
Lest you think it's just me, I want to thank @TireKicker for admitting he's done the same thing (more than once) in a Lexus hybrid.
The Lexus ES 300h is all new for 2013, and the base price is $39,250. EPA estimates city/highway fuel economy of 40/39 mpg. I averaged 40.3 in combined driving.