Hot Rod Hybrid: Good Wood Like Wood Should in the Lexus GS450h | In-Car Tech

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Lexus GS450h

by Lyndon Johnson on August 14, at 8:14 am

The bamboo wood in our Lexus GS450h tester was my favorite wood trim in any car driven. (Lyndon Johnson

I#8217;m not a huge fan of wood in interiors. It runs against the of my plebian upbringing chock of plastic-dashed Fords. But the bamboo in the GS450h was, like the I sampled earlier. superb.

One of the that forever turns me off wood in car interiors, other its uppityness to which I do not aspire, is in its perpetual quest for out-luxing the generation of luxury cars#8217; trim, the amount of finishing on the itself has become borderline When I#8217;m forced to be picking the angles at which I interior photos because I want to catch a wildly reflection of myself in the wood there#8217;s too much lacquer on the

Another turn-off: Wood is often stained with deep, dark, lustrous hue tricks the mind into like the interior is darker it really is. Claustrophobia, thy name is Minwax.

Thankfully, those not problems in the Lexus GS450h I Lexus outfitted our tester the optional matte bamboo trim, which graced the wheel, center console, panels, and dash and made the gray and black interior brighter, as if it had just come a whitening treatment at its dentist of

The bamboo was truly matte no unnecessary gloss, just a finish that made the look and feel a lot more well, wood and less a chintzy automotive cliché.

The color of the bamboo wood in our Lexus GS450h tester up the interior appreciably. Thankfully, its finish meant sunshine glare off of it and bind us, as is the case some wood trim in cars. (Lyndon Johnson

The tactile experience of handling the steering wheel was pleasant to most other wood I#8217;ve experienced. In most the copious amounts of gloss applied to the wood finish on steering wheels makes feel always sticky, or or hot, or cold, or whatever always something slightly than ideal.

The high gloss also fingerprints galore, should you it #8212; not much choice in the when it coats the steering Glossy wood in the console everyone know there was a 44 slush in the cup holder at some in the not-so-distant past that condensation onto the wood leaving telltale splotches. The

Again, that#8217;s not a problem in the with bamboo wood

Lexus GS450h

Though I did love the matte I still had a couple of complaints:

Lexus does as fine a job interior fit-and-finish as any mass-produced automobile maker you can dig up, even the steering wheel left me with the seam where the and wood elements met. It so happens that in 99% of wood cars I#8217;ve driven, two seams always seem what I did there?) to be located so my hands will hit them when placed at 10 and 2, as I am wont to my steering wheels most of the The GS450h was no exception.

Lexus chose some black plastics for the center and the heating and air conditioning control Guess where I noticed and/or dribbles from drink cups I acquired bringing home a takeout from a local barbecue The plastic was as high-quality as any for these of surfaces, but it was finished in a high that, just like wood, showed every drip, and fingerprint.

Those are but minor annoyances.

I I#8217;m a weirdo for actually my steering wheel all textbook-like of doing the straight-gangsta thing one hand at 12 o#8217;clock and the other my large stacks of Benjamins. I realize most folks their cars much often than I clean #8212; and let#8217;s be honest, if you own a hybrid like this you probably have someone by and pick it up for professional detailing a week. That being the smudge-prone surfaces seldom time to get noticeably smudgy.

With that said, the treatment Lexus gave the wood is a winning formula for me. I it a feel-good-about-yourself bonus that is probably the ultimate in consumer wood varieties, thus its is typically more sustainable most other woods. And if gonna pop the extra $5,205 for the Package that included the wood trim (not to a raft of other options), by I#8217;m gonna feel about myself for doing it.

Lexus provided the vehicle, and a tank of gas.

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