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Lexus GS 450h

Review: 2014 Lexus GS

Last time TTAC at the Lexus GS Hybrid, Jack and I upon Vegas, drank too shared too much and one of us got purse-slapped (it Jack). In other news, found the GS a willing partner on the I kept drawing comparisons to the S80 T6 and Hyundai Genesis, and both of us the GS 450h would be the car we’d Despite telling you all that we have a full review in “a few it has in fact been “a few years.” that pair of articles the luxury hybrid landscape has dramatically.

The GS used to be the only game in town, but times changed and nearly everyone has the party. BMW has their turbocharged 5, Mercedes just launched the Hybrid, Infiniti has re-badged M Hybrid the Q70 Hybrid, Acura is selling the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and has announced the A6 hybrid will to America “soon”. This that the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my because we have head-to-head now.

Lexus used to be for restrained styling but the current GS marked a change for the Japanese brand. In addition to taking on aggressive front end styling, the GS was the Lexus to wear the new “spindle” The schnozz that seemed so three years ago seems demure today, especially this form has been to the enormous (and some say LX 470. Perhaps because the GS was the to wear the corporate grille, the seems slightly awkward the front 3/4 shot (seen at the but looks better in person. the IS, which gets some swooshes on the side, the GS’s and rump are luxury car restrained. I think the Infiniti Q70 hybrid, being a little long in the still wins the beauty The Lexus and BMW are a bit too sedate for my tastes, and the RLX and A6 from decidedly front-wheel-drive when compared to the rest and the lands smack in the middle.

The GS’ interior is dominated by a large and dashboard with a strong theme highlighting a large LCD. The interior arrangement is dramatic, but causes the cabin to a slightly oppressive feel in the shades our tester was cast in. other car makers are moving to leather dashed, Lexus content to blend stitched and injection molded parts The combination of textures and  bamboo (exclusive to the hybrid) the interior look Scandinavian. The wood is more attractive in than pictures might and while I question the “renewable marketing on a large luxury like the hybrid drivetrain, I’m it will make shoppers special.

Base hybrid get very comfortable 10-way front seats, but most of the GS sedans I saw on the lot were equipped 18-way seats. The high-end sports the same types of as BMW’s excellent “sport with an articulating back, bolsters, adjustable thigh four-way lumbar and  headrests. Needless to say, if you trouble finding a comfortable position, you’re not human. puts the GS hybrid at a distinct in front comfort over the Audi and Infiniti models. Out the GS’s rear seats are comfortable and optionally heated. the Lexus and Infiniti fail to a folding rear seat, the E400 hybrid has a generous pass-through behind its optional rear thrones.

Wide-screen systems are all the rage, so Lexus a 12.3-inch LCD in the dash. The system the intuitive touchscreen interface used for the better part of a for the Lexus joystick (it’s called Lexus Remote but importantly doesn’t alter the to adapt to the input method. I it. It occupies a great deal of on the center console, and it takes far hand-eye-brain coördination than a Every time I am in a Lexus I myself glancing at the screen and with the little control pad far than when I’m in a competitor’s sedan. This increased hasn’t gone unnoticed by my half who constantly nags me keeping my eyes on the road. to enter an address using the QWERTY keyboard? It’s why Lexus won’t let you do that in

To soften the blow Lexus in the same media device command interface as the other and premium Toyota products The system is snappy, managed to out every command I threw at and has a natural sounding voice MyLincoln Touch. Helping the nagging LRT caused (see how not my fault now), the available Levinson sound system can out even the most shrill

Perhaps reinforcing that focuses on the “meat” of the luxury and not the one-percent . you won’t find the level of gee-wizardry in the GS as some of the competitors, even in this hybrid model. You won’t night vision, a full-leather expensive ceramic knobs, front seats, or LCD instrument Instead, Lexus doubles on perfect seams, quiet a high level of standard and quantities of bamboo that Lumber Liquidators make

While the GS 350 recently got an update in the of a new Aisin 8-speed automatic, the GS continues with just a software update. This under the hood you will the same direct-injection 3.5L V6 engine and RWD hybrid transmission launched in 2011. Combined a 1.9 kWh NiMH battery pack in the the system is good for 338 combined 286 of which come from the engine. This is essentially the engine found in the Highlander and RX but the transmission is more similar to Lexus uses in the LS 600hL. The combines the two motor/generator units a 2-speed planetary gearset to efficiency at high speeds (as in on the but without the AWD system standard in the LS The 2014 software update “sportiness” in sport mode and now an 8-speed automatic instead of a While 338 horsepower compares with the 6-cylinder competition, the GS has the unenviable task of trying to be the most efficient GS and the performance as well. For reasons nobody the more efficient GS 300h uses a 2.5L four-cylinder is not sold in America.

By design, the Lexus hybrid is very different from the The two motor/generator units and the electrical combine with a single gearsest to “act” as a continuously transmission. This setup the drivetrain to act as a serial hybrid of), parallel hybrid, generator, or a pure EV at low speeds. In Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti combine a transmission with a single motor that replaces the converter. Transitions between and gasoline drive modes in systems aren’t as smooth as the system because of the clutch involved in reconnecting the engine. Acura combines a dual-clutch manual transmission with a pack in the rear for the only AWD luxury sedan in this

GS 450h pricing starts at  which is a considerable jump the $47,700 GS 350, but in true car fashion, you may be disappointed with $60,000 buys you. BMW and Mercedes which offer of ala carte options, the GS hybrid in three feature levels.  models don’t get navigation or LED headlamps. If you want those plus the 18-way front semi-aniline leather, steering heated steering wheel, climate control, black and heads up display, blind monitoring and a trunk mat, be to lay down $72,062. A fully $76,726 example gets the heated rear seats, washers, a “high intensity (an electric heater that heat the cabin faster in weather), a windshield de-icer, glass, radar cruise with pre-collision warning, keeping assistant, remote starter, glass breakage and a rear spoiler.

76 large may like an expensive buy, but the 5 takes the cake with a price of $61,400 and a fully price of $87,185. Acura has cagey about RLX hybrid but their presentation at the launch they plan on following pricing structure quite the Mercedes E400 hybrid an unexpected value proposition a low $56,700 starting price and fully equipped with not available on the GS it manages to still be cheaper at $76,095. The Infiniti hasn’t changed its value despite the name change and the $55,550-$67,605 is the lowest in the group. hasn’t announced A6 hybrid but I expect it to slot in around the

To put things in the right perspective, I to go back to the GS hybrid’s conflicted Since Lexus decided to off the V8 GS sedan in this generation, doesn’t have a direct to the BMW 550i, Mercedes E550, S6, or even the Infiniti Q70 5.6 (formerly as the M56). This means the GS has a secondary mission as the top-end GS while the other hybrids for the RLX) are middle-tier options and puts the GS in an odd bind. Lexus us that the reason the GS lacks a V8 is only 5% of the Germans are shipped one. While that may be in Europe, it certainly doesn’t to be the case in California.

The split is most obvious when it to the performance numbers. Despite more power than the GS the GS 450h is slower to 60 than its stable mate and considerably than the BMW, Infiniti, and the Acura with the only the being slower to highway Still, 0-60 in 6-seconds is slow and the GS performs the task the silence and serenity you expect a luxury sedan. Although describes the transmission as an eCVT, isn’t a belt/pulley CVT like you in economy cars. As a result, it more civilized and less I found the CVT manners throughly for a luxury car and the smooth acceleration a brand built on smooth Unlike a “real CVT,” the eight imitation speeds is and easy with fast from one “gear” to another. this does little for the GS sport credentials and in no way helps it with the V8s from the German

Although the GS gives up plenty in the it really shines in the bends. The chassis is well sorted and perfectly balanced. All GS hybrid get a standard adaptive suspension with several levels of but unlike the air suspension in the Lexus LS, the adaptive suspension is based on controlled struts much the BMW system. This eliminates the and “floaty” feeling you get with air found on full-size luxo-barges. pushed in the corners the GS quite feels better than the Yep. I said it. Today’s has a more luxurious mission in so the little it gives up to the GS shouldn’t anyone. The Mercedes and Infiniti very accurate, although and the Audi and RLX are a mixed bag. Audi works some magic, the A6 hybrid will decidedly nose-heavy. The Acura although it has a similar weight problem as the Audi, has a slick vectoring AWD system in the back. Not can the RLX torque vector in power-on like a electronically controlled rear axle, but it can torque in “neutral” and “power off” as well. Although the RLX feels by far the “artificial” in the group on winding roads, it is one of the better handling and at the moment the only AWD hybrid in category.

Lexus GS 450h

Of course the primary reason for a hybrid is to save on gas. Maybe. With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG and 31 MPG combined rating there’s no that the GS 450h is a fuel 338 horsepower luxury sedan. at more than $10,000 expensive than a similarly GS 350 it would take you more 20 years to “save money.” We did an excellent 31.5 MPG over 800 with the GS hybrid, a notable over the Infiniti hybrid and the time I spent in the RLX hybrid. we haven’t extensively tested the BMW and hybrids yet, brief in both indicate they slot in under the GS. There’s one problem for the GS: Mercedes’ new E250 No, it’s not a speed daemon, but at 34 mpg it not only makes up for the higher of diesel with the higher economy, it starts around less than a GS 450h as

The GS 450h is without a doubt the Lexus GS sedan available. It up little in terms of performance delivering excellent fuel a quiet and comfortable cabin and of the gadgets and gizmos a luxury could buy. Trouble is, the Lexus dealer is the only in town, nearly every alternative in this segment has a of reasons to buy it over the GS. The RLX has a trendy AWD despite the discount brand the Q70′s brand image quite as premium but it’s less, the Mercedes takes the spot in the middle known as (how’s that for a surprise?) and the BMW the best performance and the biggest of options if you can afford it. As the top end trim for the GS the 450h also has troubles in just about as expensive as the V8 offerings but offering no better than the GS 350. The biggest for the GS however is the price. If the GS 450h was less expensive,  this be an easy win. As it is, the GS manages to be the car I the most in this segment, but the one I’d be likely to buy.

Lexus provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

as tested

0-30 . 2.88

0-60: 6.01 Seconds

1/4 14.49 Seconds @ 104 MPH


Average fuel economy: 31.5 MPH 800 miles

Cabin noise at 50 68 dB

Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h
Lexus GS 450h

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