Long-distance journeys may have settled into your mind, in this time of sheltering in place. One day we’ll be able to drive far, far away—and for that day your shopping list could start and begin with the 2020 Lexus ES 300h Ultra Luxury.

If you can avoid the lure of a crossover SUV, the 2020 Lexus ES stands out among four-door sedans. We give it a TCC Rating of 8.0 out of 10, and in one of the few cases of any car we review, we’d choose the ES 300h hybrid over its gas-only counterpart.

It’s simple, really. The ES 300h doesn’t give up much in straight-line acceleration, but overdelivers in fuel economy. And even if gas costs less than $2 a gallon today, the ES hybrid’s 44-mpg combined EPA rating still strikes us as common sense, in the longer term.

In a week I spent with an Ultra Luxury-trimmed ES, racing to get from Atlanta to the Gulf Coast before everything shut down,…

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