2014 Lexus GS 450h review — Page 2 — CNET

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2014 Lexus GS 450h Comfy and efficient, Lexus’ short on emotion

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in more power is a 147-kilowatt integrated with the driveline. It electricity from a 30-kilowatt metal hydride battery As in Lexus’ other hybrid a generator converts kinetic into electricity during storing it in the battery pack.

rates the total output for the at a respectable 338 horsepower.

The power shows the complex interaction engine, motor, battery, and Josh Miller/CNET

Although the of gasoline engine and electric power to the driveshaft is certainly Lexus pulls it off seamlessly. I came to a stop, the engine shut down. As I started the electric motor served to the GS 450h forward, joined by the as my foot on the accelerator called for power. Crawling along city traffic, I often tell if the engine was actually on, and had to see if the EV icon was lit up on the instrument cluster.

With the GS 450h’s hybrid Lexus notes the car ‘s EPA economy estimate as 29 mpg city and 34 mpg For a car this size, those are numbers, pointing to a low 30s average. running at 70 mph down a flat I watched the car’s trip run all the way up to a 40 mpg average, suggesting potential for to high-30s average for some My average, taken after a of city traffic, freeway and using Sport mode, in at 31.4 mpg.

A big dial on the let me choose from a selection of programs. I could push it for the standard drive mode, left for Eco, twist for Sport, and twist right a time to get Sport Plus. Eco the accelerator a bit, making acceleration easy. I actually Eco pretty reasonable for city and driving, especially as the drivetrain give its all when I jammed the to the floor for a passing maneuver. In the drive mode, the throttle a little more quickly the power.

In Eco and standard, the instrument showed a speedometer and a power both analog, with the of the latter indicating when I was all the power or recharging the battery kinetic energy. Switching the car to of its Sport modes changed the gauge to standard tachometer, a bit of translucent materials and backlighting that works very

Sport mode makes the more sensitive, bringing the on faster in the pedal travel. Plus merely makes the adaptive suspension a little rigid.

The GS 450h would for a comfortable and economical road Josh Miller/CNET

The shifter, right near the drive dial, also has a Sport along with a manual which let me select from gears. Actually, those were merely a representation, an by Lexus to replicate the feeling of a with fixed gears. The GS transmission is continuously variable, of an electronically controlled planetary set capable of constantly changing the ratio to suit the engine, speed, and throttle input.

the system, Lexus could given the transmission’s manual 100 gears.

Very linear with no abrupt torque results in the continuously variable and electric drive motor with the gasoline engine. a good fit for a luxury car, and greatly to the GS 450h’s general That, and the numb electric steering, also tend to driver engagement.

And supplying that sort of driving experience seems to be the theme of the GS 450h. Getting the driver’s seat, I didn’t much about traffic or the through which I would be knowing the car could handle it all fuss, while providing me plenty of comfort and a nice-sounding in the bargain.

Add in the exceptional fuel and it would be hundreds and hundreds of before I had to even think refueling.

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If I wanted to get crazy, I engage the different sport In the GS 450h, I thought it was a bit silly Lexus had different controls to the transmission and throttle sport As these are all purely electronic there was no reason why turning the to Sport would not also the transmission’s sport program. to the silliness is how the adaptive suspension the same program for Eco, drive, and Sport, but gets a more rigid program in Plus. Might as well the basic Sport mode engage the suspension’s sport There’s no need for the GS 450h’s of granularity.

In the interest of thorough testing, and to some fun, I took the GS up to a twisty mountain road, the dial twice to Sport then pulled the shifter to and let her rip.

The ride quality, comfortable in normal mode, did not a whole lot in Sport Plus. It a minor bit of rubberiness I had noticed and rougher parts of the road a little harshness to the cabin, but it was far a screwed down, seriously sports car ride.

Likewise, the didn’t feel particularly in its Sport program. Powering up to a and getting on the brakes, the tach held at 4,000rpm. The electric steering turned the wheels precision and the suspension kept the car wallowing. In fact, I was impressed by the GS general handling competence. It had the of a solid, rear-wheel-drive car, and let me get the tires squealing without a

However, I didn’t feel one the car and road. There was nothing about the experience, beyond a bit of The GS 450h felt neither nor like it was challenging me to be a better It merely took the turn and back into its comfort on the straight.

Comfortable cruiser

The Lexus GS 450h features techie goodies, but lacks the of its luxury competition. Electric get all the eco-love these days, but technology remains an excellent and means of saving fuel. Few of this comfort level can similar fuel economy as the GS

I found the GS 450h could the turns well, but there is no need for all the different sport One simple button could all the sport programs the car has to offer. And programs did little to convince me I was driving any kind of serious car.

The GS 450h really at comfort and practicality, with the electronics reflecting that of the experience. I was pleased with the Levinson audio system and the of digital audio sources. should really step up the navigation system, implementing that feels a bit more However, functionality is not a problem. The suite serves as a nod to connected car but Lexus has a long way to go integrating online features more with the cabin electronics. And the of a built-in data connection is to make the GS 450h look a dinosaur among its competitors.

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