2013 Lexus GS 450h review notes — Autoweek

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Lexus GS 450h

2013 Lexus GS 450h notes

A spindle-shaped grille an aggressive touch to the conservative, lines of the 2013 Lexus GS sedan. Photo by Lexus.

The Lexus GS 450h is a significant over its predecessor. The smoother stood out in particular. Photo by

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EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I will I didn’t think I’d this 2013 Lexus GS much. I was not a fan of the outgoing GS. so maybe I had a bad about this one. I and have written, that I thought of the GS as the runt of the Lexus I was pleasantly surprised by this It looks really good to my eye and the It’s very nice. materials and well assembled. the finish on the wood and the soft everywhere one touches—nicely done.

Driving: There is still the jerkiness in the drivetrain under and accelerating, but not nearly as much as I in the old GS. This is a much smoother And the car will get up and go when you want it to, yet smoothly and quietly. There’s far of the on/off feeling I remember older Lexus hybrid It’s a big step forward.

The can get choppy at times. You often the sense you’re carrying some extra weight, of course you are. At one point I a loud metal on metal coming from under the car expansion joints and such. a heat shield or something. I hearing the same thing in an LS too, a while back.

the new GS is a huge improvement. However, and a big however, the $68,000 as-tested is high. And the base price is $60,000? Really? Someone at would need to do a heck of job on me to convince me why I wouldn’t pay something $8,000 less (base to base price) for a Mercedes-Benz Bluetec diesel sedan .

NEWS EDITOR GREG This rig seemed like a well-mannered hybrid for my commute with the car set to its “normal” dynamics. But on the trip to the office, I summoned its hooligan. Devilish? No, but it can bring attitude. That was exemplified one morning as I began my dim commute grey skies. The light yellow. I pulled a hard onto a two-lane open knifing ahead of a bright red I hit the throttle, expecting my rear-wheel to fling out from the tail; it did But the tach rose, and with the between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm and my approaching 60 mph, I made work of that slower pony car. Not that were trying, but still, not bad for a hybrid.

This was all in sport mode. The had a bit of anger to it, which is perhaps not considering there’s 338 horses this system. The regenerative felt heavy to me, though offered immediate response. The was comfortable most of the time a good deal of sporting The steering can feel light at but there’s requisite weight at speeds.

The cabin is a pleasant I loved the bamboo trim, and the are supportive though almost too Maybe it was my seating position. On a airy morning, there was a amount of noise filtering in, than one might think for a I really liked the analogue which had a responsive feel some sort of old music I like the new exterior design. are three circular bulbs in the which tastefully and handsomely this thing with The grille is angular and a little but it generally works. The sedan is and comes across as elegant.

So in general, from the looks to the a lot going on here. For my money, keep it simple and go with a diesel.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR HART: I was pleasantly surprised by 2013 Lexus GS 450h. I the looks with some from the LFA incorporated into the which gives the car an aggressive And the interior is Lexus comfortable. And quiet—very quiet, especially cruising in EV mode. The regenerative are the biggest disappointment. They and work really well. just the odd feel that have that is disappointing.

The is super smooth, alternating gas and electric power, with the power coming in to add a bunch of when needed.

With a of highway driving, the powertrain nearly 34 mpg, which is on the EPA number. I’ve said before, if I were going for a car, I’d look at a that’s less complicated and straightforward. And like Wes said, for less money you could get a Mercedes-Benz E-class .

2013 Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 450h

Price: $59,825

As-Tested $68,139

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 RWD, continuously variable

Output: 286 hp @ 6,000 rpm (338 hp net output), 254 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm

Weight: 4,190 lb

Fuel (EPA/ AW ): 31/33.9 mpg

Options: package including heated seats, 18-inch split alloy wheels with silver finish and all-season Bi-LED headlamp with front lighting system heated wood and leather steering wheel, semi-aniline interior trim, three-zone climate control, 18-way front seats with adjust four-way lumbar, bolsters, articulated backrest, lower cushions and butterfly Lexus Memory System for passenger seat, rear manual sunshades ($5,645); system (PCS) including driver attention monitor closed-eye detection ($2,000); keep assist and departure system ($500); trunk mat cargo net ($64)

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