Lexus GS450h Review | The Truth About Cars

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Lexus GS450h

Review

the dorky kid who aced college, a great job, maybe got married, but still never got a grasp on how to enjoy life’s tapestry? That’s the Lexus . For all its hybrid gee-whiz engineering, trimmings and performance credentials, the GS450h is only really a idea on paper.

Sure, got lower emissions, less consumption than its petrol-powered and significantly more performance. But the Hybrid is a genius in dire of a spiritual advisor.

The styling the story with its bold broad shoulders and stunning of attention to detail. Up front, the trapezoidal grille#8211; flanked by lenses and rhombus-like headlights#8211; geometric overkill on an otherwise canvas. Sadly, the GS#39; frame kills an otherwise profile; everything south of the looks obese and clumsy.

Fortunately, multi-spoke 18 hoops chrome accents help your eyes from the yet stunted posterior with its bug-eyed taillights. Clearly, the GS needs Giorgio Giugiaro’s hands.

In contrast, the GS’ is a symphony of chrome, leather, wood and white LED accents. The squidgy polymers and tastefully switchgear offer the automotive of a relaxing swim in an edgeless In Audi and Lexus#39; sybaritic the Japanese automaker is gradually ahead.

For example, while the A8 serves-up an dash and console combo, cohesive design motif a perfectly layered, multi-dimensional Audi’s dash may seem it was carved from a single of granite, but Lexus’ seems sculpted from the same

The GS’ sensuous wood and tiller alludes to the brand’s perfectionism. Smoked disco gauge faces add a bit of visual to the borderline OCD. The Mark beatbox adds brilliant life-like middles and full-bodied setting the new standard for factory

The GS’ ventilated hides the backside cool, but finding the fan speed involves one too many via the (otherwise excellent) touch-screen system. And that’s where the picture starts to lose

Check out the mileage on the Lexus information screen. In urban duty, the GS’ gas engine in frequently and abruptly, taking from the batteries. With the blasting and the A/C cranked, the GS450h#39;s never once threatened to get out of the twenties.

Lower the A/C, hit the road, set the cruise control to and you’re looking at 25mpg. is not what a Prius driver call a hybrid halo OK, so the Lexus is a “performance hybrid.” All is right?

If you’re a straight junkie, yes. Acceleration is car brisk. Hit the GS’ gas from a and the torque-rich electric motor with a shove in the seat and a hum the bonnet. After a brief intermission, the CVT transmission throws the 3.5-liter V6 in the mix, facilitating runs that last a 5.2 seconds.

Keep your foot in the and the CVT pushes the engine closer to catapulting the GS down the highway.

Lexus GS450h

throw a corner at the GS and you’ll why Lexus won’t let you give the Nanny the afternoon off. peachy at 70% effort. The sedan’s firm steering, solid and buttoned-down suspension let you run the hybrid the twisties like an equivalent Push harder and the various start to fight for control.

The traction control incorrectly the finicky powerband, inducing buffet levels of understeer, stability control. Diehard are done before they

The large disc brakes a bit touchy#8211; charged as they are regenerating power as well as momentum#8211; but they stop the with genuine conviction. dropping anchor at speed massive nosedive, which increases the chances of an understeer Worst of all, the flawed throw the famous Lexus in the trash, shaking the rearview at every pothole.

The 40-series take most of the blame, every surface imperfection to one#39;s posterior. Top it off with a cargo hole and the GS Hybrid#39;s seem less than appealing.

Forget about the GS450h’s ride/handling balance (if possible) and the model’s real competition: the V8-powered GS430. Lexus’ model offers a perfectly powerband, a world-class autobox, less in tow, better and a bigger trunk. The penalty: to five miles less per gallon of gas and no planet saving factor. Like the childhood who struck it rich, the GS450h that appearances can be deceiving.

you’re a hybrid sedan or a developing genuine character is a

[Lexus provided the vehicle insurance, taxes and a tank of

Lexus GS450h
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