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 acceleration, no abrupt torque shift, in the continuously variable transmission and drive motor working the gasoline engine. It’s a fit for a luxury car, and contributes to the GS 450h’s general comfort. and the numb electric power also tend to reduce engagement.

And supplying that of unconcerned driving experience to be the main theme of the GS 450h. into the driver’s seat, I worry much about or the terrain through which I be passing, knowing the car could it all without fuss, while me with plenty of comfort and a stereo in the bargain.

Add in the exceptional economy, and it would be hundreds and of miles before I had to even about refueling.

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If I wanted to get I could engage the different settings. In the GS 450h, I thought it was a bit that Lexus had different to engage the transmission and throttle modes. As these are all purely controls, there was no reason why the dial to Sport would not engage the transmission’s sport Adding to the silliness is how the adaptive uses the same program for standard drive, and Sport, but a slightly more rigid in Sport Plus. Might as have the basic Sport also engage the suspension’s program. There’s no need for the GS levels 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 excels at and practicality, with the cabin reflecting that side of the I was pleased with the Mark audio system and the availability of audio sources. Lexus really step up with the system, implementing something feels a bit more refined. functionality is not a problem. The Enform serves as a nod to connected car technology, but has a long way to go integrating these features more completely the cabin electronics. And the lack of a data connection is beginning to the GS 450h look like a among its competitors.


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