2014 Lexus GS 450h Road Test – Automotive.com

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Lexus GS 450h

The 2014 Lexus GS 450h great levels of performance up in a luxurious package.

What It Is

A performance hybrid that on all fronts.

For a hybrid, the Lexus GS impressive acceleration.

The signature spindle grille may not appeal to all

Snap Judgment

If you’re for a luxury sedan that great performance and fuel this is the car to get.

If you could one car to have over Thanksgiving what model would you That question alone get anyone excited. I was given the between three amazing and ended up choosing the 2014 GS 450h, as it was not only sporty, but and a model that I hadn’t yet I’ve heard my mother over this car ever one of her many friends purchased it not too ago. I needed to see for myself what all the hype was about.

I have picked a better I have driven the Lexus GS in the but never the hybrid model. I the GS lineup was known for its sporty and I wanted to see how that translated outfitted with a hybrid Would it still offer the acceleration? Was the driving dynamic sporty and fun? These all important questions I was intent on answers to during my week the GS.

What We Drove

Standard included keyless entry and automatic climate control interior air filter, smog and automatic recirculation, a power and telescopic steering wheel, tilt and slide sunroof and sunshade, power windows, a steering wheel and shift along with a backup steering wheel-mounted audio and controls, and satellite radio. safety features include stability control, traction four-wheel ventilated power-assisted brakes, antilock braking brake assist, daytime lights, LED taillights, tire monitoring system, Safety vehicle theft deterrent and immobilizer, electronic parking smart stop technology, and injury lessening front

Yeah, this car is loaded.

The

As soon as we sat down in the 2014 GS 450h hybrid, there a few features of the vehicle that stood out. For starters, the split-screen display drew our like a moth to a flame. The made it easy to view taking our eyes completely from the road, and with the capabilities, we could view the map and see station we were listening to at the time. I know that I’m using the navigation and am switching radio stations, I get distracted from the directions and a wrong turn. Having to switch between screens is a hassle. Lexus has managed to this problem with the system.

Heading to Orange County for the of Thanksgiving, I loaded the GS and was off. On the I switched the driving mode Normal to Eco, hoping to get a more out of the mileage. Though the car as powerful or as quick, it still to get up to speed quickly enough. it was time to get on the freeway, I shifted the mode into Sport, and off. I was surprised by the powerful the car had when merging onto the and I was up to speed before I knew it. noise was never an issue, when I was pushing 80. Halfway the drive, traffic set in. I had forgotten to set up my with the Bluetooth system leaving and figured now was as good a as any to test out the system as I was at a …

It was relatively easy to hook up my and it didn’t take longer a minute or two. The one issue I had was the mouse-like tool that has previously introduced on its newer It can be finicky to use if you press it to hard or too and doesn’t always want to go you intend. If you just don’t to use it, the voice commands are pretty and made up for the struggles with the control. For the majority of my time the wheel, I used the steering controls or the voice commands, as I am not a fan of the

The Grocery Run

If there isn’t room in the trunk, folding the rear seats was easy and that extra room ease. Added to that, points were easily for those traveling with in need of car seats. The majority of will be able to fit in the 2014 GS 450h, although passengers six feet tall may feel a cramped in the rear seats.

in and out of parking lots was easy the help of the backup camera and parking assist. The different modes added to the overall of the GS 450h, and it was easy to switch each mode. While on surface streets, I stayed in Eco or Normal and saved the Sport for when I knew I could experience what the car had to offer. The shifters added to the sporty when driving on the highway, but make much sense not in Sport mode. The only difference between the three modes, aside from the economy savings, is the stiffness of the and how that relates to road When in Eco or Normal, the ride was comfortable, but when in Sport all bumps and dips became more noticeable, but the overall wasn’t harsh as I would first thought.


A Few Photos of this Vehicle

The Fun

After the food coma the Thanksgiving festivities finally off, it was time to take the GS out to see it could do. The freeways were as everyone was still spending with family and friends, it the perfect time to throw the GS into Sport S mode. was also a good time for me to using paddle shifters as I had many opportunities to use them.

For how big the GS 450h actually is, I found it nimble when moving traffic. The battery weight seem to hinder the model in the letting the full 338 horsepower—and more abundant electric torque—out of the gate for quick Because the GS is known for being a model to begin with, it was to see that the hybrid continued in tradition. Using the paddle the GS seemed to launch forward switching between gears, a very enjoyable driving

As I was so focused on driving and the road in of me, I didn’t want to look and fuss with the mouse to change the radio station or else that might be distracting. I decided to really try out the commands and found them easy to use. Most of the command features I’ve in other models have me less than impressed as recognition isn’t always the but in the Lexus, it was almost always on. It took a few seconds for it to figure out we were saying, but when it everything ran smoothly, letting the keep full attention it should be.

Summary

Compared to other hybrid models, the GS offers for the money, and the driving experience is one isn’t easily beat. it may not be one of the most fuel-efficient luxury when you really step on the the sporty drive and feel of the makes up for some of that. We this is the model that be at the top of your list, whether looking for a luxurious performance or a stylish hybrid.

Spec Box

$70,080

Lexus GS 450h

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