2013 Lexus GS 450h Review — HybridCars.com

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When Lexus the GS 450h hybrid sport in 2007, it confused a lot of folks. The proudly brandished its performance such as acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 making it both the quickest and the quickest hybrid vehicle at the

As for fuel economy, the raison for hybrid vehicles, the 450h’s mileage rating of only 23 mpg come close to hitting the notes associated with a engine combined with motors.

Straight-line performance may been impressive, but driving weren’t overly enthused the GS’s road handling and hybrid geeks scoffed at the numbers.

For 2013, Lexus has a different approach for the GS 450h. time the attention is on fuel as in a 33 percent improvement in fuel compared with the 2011 (There was no 2012 model.)

impressively, performance wasn’t for the newfound efficiency. Zero to 60 mph is a couple ticks slower at 5.6 close to V8 powered sport Complementing the engine power, is more responsive and handling is which will appeal to who want a car that is fun to drive.

But there’s more. The 2013 GS a redesigned stylish interior more room, new features and new that broadcasts a new found

What hasn’t changed is the The new 2013 GS 450h hybrid at $59,450-the same price the charged for the 2011 GS 450h. off all of the option packages and the price $70,000.

There are two additional in the GS lineup. The V6 powered GS 350 has a base of $47,250 for rear-wheel drive, for all-wheel drive. While it there is a $12,000-plus price for the GS 450h, it has a long list of features that are optional on the GS When the 350 is comparably equipped, the difference is closer to $5,000.

Also offered is the GS 350 F Sport starts at $52,940 for rear and $55,495 for AWD. Although the is the same as the standard trim the F Sport adds a dose of with features like the Dynamic Handling system active dampers, four-wheel and variable steering ration.

Of it’s a given that takes sports sedans and Lexus offers the GS 450h in F trim for Euro markets. The is considering the hybrid F Sport for the for which we say, what are waiting for?

Lexus Drive, Version Two

The 2013 GS is equipped with a second Lexus Hybrid Drive that combines a gasoline and two electric motors. It requires no charging; the nickel-metal hydride pack’s electricity is replenished by capturing energy dissipated braking and coasting.

Lexus its hybrid models differently those with conventional It calculates the GS 450h has the comparable of a 4.5-liter gas engine when the 3.5-liter V6 engine is combined the electric motor.

The 450h as a series-parallel hybrid, or “full meaning it can travel on the electric alone, the gasoline engine or a combination of the two determined by onboard that balance power and

Changes to improve fuel begin with the normally 286 horsepower V6 gas engine carried from the previous model.

of the improved consumption is the result of the engine’s compression ratio 11.8 to 13:1. Additional savings comes from dual-injector system that direct fuel injection port fuel injection for cylinder, which also improvements in torque and emissions.

says that changing the conventional four-… Otto to the more fuel efficient cycle contributes fuel of 12 to 14 percent. While the Atkinson relinquishes some power in for efficiency (in this case, six it is made up with the electric so total output remains at 338

That extra power to the rear wheels is produced by a 200 horsepower 650-volt electric generator. A secondary 180 horsepower is the primary generator as well as the roles of engine starter and speed controller.

Also aiding reduced consumption is improved cooling of the power control unit In the GS hybrid’s Eco mode, the PCU takes it a further by limiting the drive to a maximum of 500 volts. And lastly, the regenerative braking operation has been expanded, contributing to improvements in fuel efficiency.

The battery pack is carried from the 2011 model but the layout has been redesigned. A new configuration increases trunk from 9.5 cubic feet to cubic feet.

Like hybrid vehicles, the GS 450h a continuously variable transmission, or It plays the role of an automatic but a belt-pulley system instead of a set of gears. The intent is continuously gear ratios through a gearset that more matches engine output acceleration and fuel economy. wheel paddles allow to “downshift” and “upshift” but these are virtual shift points, not fixed gears.

As in other models, the Lexus Hybrid electric motor, generator, planetary gear mechanism and reduction gearing are all housed in one highly compact transmission

What are the fuel economy of this second edition system? An EPA estimated 29 city, 34 and 31 combined mpg, an astounding compared to the previous GS hybrid’s of 22/25/23 combined mpg.

Of if you drive it like it’s of being driven, you won’t anything like those

Design Gets An Injection Of

With the 2013 GS-series, broke away from its of styling blandness and presents a intensity of passion and drama. The Lexus GS introduces the new Lexus styling, called L-finesse. The establishes an emotional connection not a BMW or Mercedes-Benz owner experiences.

It with an aggressive, angular with a new “spindle” grille by deep-set headlamps that most certainly encourage road users to move swiftly. Distinctive air inlets on side of the wide lower make the statement that is a serious sport sedan.

In profile the GS hybrid isn’t as expressive and has a more formal But burly fender bulges and a lower skirt again the car is an authentic sport sedan. At the taillights establish a style carries over to the LS and ES models.

The GS can be distinguished by concealed tailpipes and now signature blue hybrid

A Notably Richer Interior

an all-new exterior comes a redesigned interior. In the Lexus it is finely crafted marked by leather upholstery and aluminum that contribute to a casual-luxury GS 450h cabins have accents to reinforce the environmental-sustainability of the hybrid powertrain.

Crisply lit continue as a Lexus trademark but the new features a more contemporary that is divided in to two distinct with a horizontal plane them.

The top zone, or display includes the instrument cluster and LCD – 12.3-inches-wide when equipped the optional navigation system. below the screen is a new analog with LED indicators, carved a single ingot of aluminum.

the screen, the lower zone is for the audio and climate controls. A center console houses the for “Eco”, “Sport” and ”Sport modes and a conventional auto with a leather-trimmed shift


Instruments are all analog, presented digital technology. That that the rev counter only when the car is in Sport mode, it displays the battery state-of-charge.

The new GS carries over the same and overall length, but is 1.2-inches and two-inches wider, gaining shoulder and hip room. Up front, the and passenger are cosseted in firm, seats that can be heated or Passengers in the rear will the seats all-day comfortable for not so much with three.

Today, the battle to gain a car buyer’s attention goes luxurious surroundings and comfort; it the latest high-tech infotainment for connectivity and entertainment. Here, can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any

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Standard electronic features Bluetooth connectivity, text-to-speech messaging and a surround-sound audio with a CD changer, satellite an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary jack.

With the optional system, the 12.3-inch screen is in to two sections, displaying simultaneous On the driver’s side, a large shows a map display, audio or similar info that to be large and easy to read, a second smaller section less important details and menu options.

The system is the gateway to the Lexus Enform suite. Pair a smart via Bluetooth or a physical connection, and you can tap Internet search engines, such as Pandora, OpenTable and or access your Facebook.

The wizardry continues with features such as blind-spot lane-departure prevention system, cruise control, head-up pre-collision warning system and an parallel parking system.

Impressions

Unseen, but significant, and chassis changes to the 2013 GS brings precision to the driving that luxury buyers It’s effortless, but there’s now a of involvement that was lacking in Lexus offerings.

The new platform is rigid, and the track-the distance opposite wheels-is wider by two inches. Engineers increased the use of for the front double wishbones and a multilink setup in back a new rear subframe and more geometry. With the stiffer and lighter components, shock use lighter-viscosity oil, so they easily and respond to small more quickly.

The most ride and handling enhancement is the Adaptive Variable Suspension. an option on the GS 350 but is standard on the hybrid The system constantly adapts to and road conditions and is driver

The ride’s absorbency suggests the in the suspension are from Neiman Even in the sportiest Sport driving mode the ride is but still comfortably compliant. and those pesky expansion have a negligible impact.

Weighing some 4,190 the rear-drive 450h is no lightweight, but its electronic steering, the well-sorted and suspension and adaptive suspension toward making the car manageable, and grippy on twisty roads, also helping it feel stable and planted at high

There is nothing like a rear-drive sedan on a winding in terms of feedback combined comfort. I particularly liked the which communicates quite with the road surface, is and offers just-right levels of assist.

The arresting characteristic the GS hybrid is its vivid performance both the engine and the electric are at maximum output. The machine of the V6 and the sheer punch of the electric are distinct, delivering the sense of naturally aspirated performance.

In all though, most of the time we had the GS in Eco mode-where the dials go blue, as to red in Sport Plus mode-with of the 126 miles consisting of in town trying our best to conserve and not frustrate other drivers our moderate speeds. The results 29.7 mpg, slightly than the EPA’s estimate of 29. compared to 24.7 mpg during our 89 of “let ‘er rip” backcountry driving.

Our consensus is the GS hybrid’s trick is being an excellent sport sedan and an excellent at the same time.

The Hybrid Sedan For You?

When in 2007, the GS 450h was the only hybrid sport sedan Today, however, there are highly respected competitors who are for the same buyers, each performance and credible fuel numbers to go along with presentation of luxury.

The closest GS competitor is Infiniti’s M35 Hybrid. Its system gives consumers a flavor of hybrid technology. the Lexus, which uses a the Infiniti drives the rear with a conventional seven-speed transmission, the intent being spirited performance. With a price of $54,650 the M Hybrid is less than the GS hybrid but its economy of 27 City/32 Highway/29 is bested by the Lexus numbers of 29 /34

If German engineering is your BMW’s ActiveHybrid 5 should be on shopping list. Starting at the price of entry is higher the GS 450h plus, fuel numbers of 23 /30 /26 are markedly less both the Lexus and Infiniti. But engineering, driving excitement, resale value and, prestige, are part of the BMW package.

entry into the luxury segment is the E400 Hybrid offers fuel economy of 24 /30 /26. Unlike the others, the is more about the luxury that Mercedes is known for than performance, even the starting price of $55,800 is the expensive entrant.

Perhaps the of luxury hybrid sport is Porsche’s Panamera S Hybrid. It with it what Porsche is all a performance and handling distinction takes a back seat to no Those credentials also a high price tag-$96,150-but the economy stats of 22 /30 /25 take the seat compared to the other

The 2013 Lexus GS 450h is a for a car of its size, performance, luxury and Yes it’s pricey, but it is evidence of how engineering can make a hi-tech car simply gets on with the job delivering relatively good economy and low emissions.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of writing and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

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