Lexus GS 450h — Hartford Courant

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Lexus GS 450h

Lexus GS 450h

Last redesign of the premium luxury GS featured a number of improvements. notably, the platform, suspension and structure were completely The result was a luxury sedan a newfound ability to engage the in the process of driving. Steering were crisper and the car was more The price for this improvement was a less forgiving ride, the GS is still comfortable over all

Two versions are offered. The GS 350 is a V-6-powered sedan available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The hybrid version my wife and I had for review is rear-wheel drive It also uses a V-6 engine but in of an eight-speed automatic transmission the uses a CVT, or continuously transmission. While both use a 3.5-liter V-6, the hybrid’s is retuned to become an Atkinson-cycle

The hybrid features electric and it can use just the electric motor or the gasoline engine to drive the It can also use both for maximum Combined, the gasoline and electric put out 338 horsepower, compared to the GS 350’s Lexus goes so far as to suggest the hybrid is actually the performance with the ability to sprint to 60 per hour in 5.6 seconds, vs. 5.7 seconds for the

Our GS 450h made it 60 miles per in 6.2 seconds, starting the run on electric alone until the gasoline joined in. While not quite up to the claims, the GS 450h still downright fast, with its acceleration, vital for merging and feeling stronger than the time suggests.

The ride is generally velvety and exceedingly quiet. Big bumps are but any semblance of harshness is filtered

The front seats are roomy and The rear seat is more for adults with the 2013 but it continues to fall short of standards. A shorter adult in the back seat complained a lack of foot room. The version also puts a crimp on cargo, with space slipping from cubic feet to 13.2.

Moving up to the gasoline-electric GS 450h the GS 350 is not a decision to be made lightly. is a $12,730 price premium for the The good news is that driving will produce spectacular for a luxury car mileage In our extremely cold week of our review GS 450h went 27 per gallon. However, when the warmed a bit and our travel plans some easy highway the average climbed to more 35 miles per gallon, which is the EPA highway rating. There are that don’t do as well.

Obviously, saving money on is not going to be the prime motivator for a to jump from the 350 to the 450h. At gasoline prices ($3.60 a it would take just 314,000 miles to achieve based on EPA estimates.

Rather, the of the hybrid is found on the open at those times when the engine shuts off and the electric keeps the car moving ever so There are some pleasures on it is hard to place a monetary

Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h

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