Review: 2013 Lexus GS 450h — San Jose Mercury News

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Lexus GS 450h

Review: 2013 Lexus GS

The 2013 Lexus GS 450h the best of two worlds — gasoline-electric hybrid fuel when you’re not in a rush, and acceleration when you are.

The revamped-for-2013 GS 450h mid-size also has an aggressive, sporty look and retains the rear-wheel configuration that many car aficionados prefer.

In fact, people don’t realize the GS is a hybrid unless they see the badges on the car’s exterior.

handling, styling and quiet are all noteworthy in this middle-of-the-Lexus-line that slots between the Lexus LS and entry ES sedans.

The GS hybrid is the first car to combine drive/front-engine layout with an Atkinson cycle V-6.

can even get a distinctive bamboo-covered wheel and interior trim on the GS in a nod to environmental concerns about renewable resources.

The Lexus GS is a recommended buy of Consumer magazine, which finds its above average.

The GS 450h is the top of the GS line in both horsepower and Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $60,360 for the 338-horsepower GS hybrid; does not include navigation trunk cargo net or front seat memory.

By comparison, the 2013 GS 350, which is solely by a 306-horspower V-6, has a retail price of $48,150.

to the GS hybrid are the major luxury with hybrid powertrains. For the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E400h is a mid-size sedan with gasoline-electric hybrid power. MSRP, including destination is $57,625. Infiniti’s 2013 hybrid starts at $55,655 and has a V-6 mated to an onboard electric system.

None of these hybrids is a plug-in. Rather, generate electricity while and it is stored in the onboard battery In the GS 450h, the battery pack is the nickel metal-hydride. Battery in the M35h and E400h are the newer ion.

The GS hybrid is tops among branded hybrid sedans in mileage, according to the U.S. It is rated at 29 miles per gallon in driving and 34 mpg on the highway.

These which are a 35 percent increase the previous GS hybrid, are not far-fetched. The car, with uplevel wheels, easily averaged mpg in driving that was mostly in the and included constant use of air conditioning.

translated into a single-tank of nearly 500 miles.

All the driver did to the mileage was activate eco mode, changed throttle mapping and other adjustments to conserve It is one of five selectable modes on the

The Infiniti M35h fuel rating by the government is 27/32 and the Mercedes E400h is rated at mpg.

The most memorable part of the GS 450h is how quiet the ride is conversations can be held in nearly tones inside — and how power comes on.

Virtually all among engine, the two electric and the battery pack were in the tester. Indeed, if a driver notice the word ready in in the instrument cluster after the start button, the lack of sound and engine vibration make it seem as if the GS 450h turned on.

In eco mode, power on gradually and steadily. But in sport-plus throttle response was quick and sounds were prominent.

In 5.6 seconds, according to Lexus, the GS can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour.

The V-6 is 3.5 which is the same displacement as the in the E400h and M35h. But only the GS has an cycle V-6, which is for fuel efficiency, and it’s to a fuel-conserving continuously variable (CVT) that sounds and mostly like a regular

In the test GS 450h, passengers did not engine droning, as they do in other hybrids that CVTs, until the driver hard acceleration.

The 2013 GS received a major makeover its predecessor. There’s a new underlying with a wider track, helps provide a sportier experience. Lexus also greater use of high-strength steel in the GS, which allowed a tauter and new suspension design.

The test GS surprised with its lack of roll on long sweeping taken at high speeds. response was good, particularly in mode. Impressively, at railroad crossings, the test GS 450h most bumps away passengers. There was no noticeable noise.

Lexus GS 450h

On 90-plus-degree days, the GS 450h’s front seats worked and quickly.

Rear seat were long and gave thigh support. Three in back, however, sit closely, and passengers sit by thick rear pillars. Rear legroom of inches and rear headroom of inches are acceptable but not expansive.

The trunk is nicely finished and has space than expected: cubic feet.

2013 GS 450h

BASE PRICE:

PRICE AS TESTED: $70,280.

Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, luxury, gasoline-electric hybrid, sedan.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter, cam V-6 with VVT-i mated to a system and nickel-metal hydride pack.

MILEAGE: 29 mpg (city), 34 mpg

TOP SPEED: 131 mph.

LENGTH: inches.

OPTIONS: Luxury with heated rear (includes three-zone, automatic control, 18-inch, alloy bi-light-emitting-diode headlamps with front lighting, 18-way, front seats, rear-door sunshades, heated wood wheel and outboard rear pre-collision system with attention monitor) $9,760; trunk mat $105; cargo net


DESTINATION CHARGE: $910.

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