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2013 GS450h

An Unlikely Star in the Stable


Think Lexus for a second. Odds are gray matter is busy images of the company’s middle-aged RX or possibly the midsize ES sedan. As the movers for Toyota’s luxury the two are the default ambassadors for everything an italicized L pinned to the grille, and a damned shame.

As the 2013 is so willing to point out, engineers are busily crafting that offer drivers than a safe luxury

As the master of fuel-sipping battery Lexus has brought the impressive of Toyota hybrid engineering to on the GS450h. The result is a vehicle manages to sneak its hybridness by you buttery acceleration, stone operation and brakes that feel like you’re walk around the house in socks.

The drivetrain doesn’t the need to beat you over the with its battery pack or to the neighborhood that you’re the world one whispery mile at a Both driver and passengers get to a luxury car that just so to be a hybrid instead of the other way

There’s no denying just how the GS has become outside. For all the ridicule endured for its new Predator-maw corporate the design snatches eyeballs than a cross Master Pai Up front, the nose manages to fresh without straying garishness, though Lexus are walking a fine line While the LED daytime running are a bit derivative, we love the complex and lower valance.

Like hardware in the Lexus toolbox, the GS you plenty to look at head on.

to the machine’s side, and the GS offers a profile. Attractive forked-spoke wheels do a smart job of filling the wells, and the contoured lower adds a little bit of drama to an safe broadside. Look and you can see one of the few hybrid badges tucked below the rear door and of the back wheel.

We can cope advertising on this scale, in a segment that’s been to employ gaudy vinyl on more than one occasion.

back, the 2013 GS450h a set of aggressive LED taillamps joined by a chrome strip. The lights a gently arched trunk that gives the sedan’s some personality, and the hidden outlet goes a long way cleaning up the machine’s derriиre. Lexus managed to resist the to slap another hybrid on the trunk lid, a feat of copious applause.

Step indoors, and the big cruiser a strikingly handsome cabin, in no small part to a slathering of bamboo wood trim. The finds its way onto the door the dash, the steering wheel and console to offer up a sharp from the black and white found elsewhere inside. in a few brushed aluminum accents and the GS450h easily bests appointed BMW cabins.

What’s the GS delivers an impressive amount of with rear passengers a bit more leg room than getting hauled about in a 5 The big Lexus also bests the BMW in legroom, as well.

But if the GS shines inside, it’s on the tech Lexus continues to eschew a touchscreen infotainment interface in of its Remote Touch center mouse and button system, and the gadgetry takes a bit of time to use we found the system to be considerably distracting than trying to halfway across the cabin to a screen with your The gear also allows to employ a massive 12.3-inch LCD can house plenty of information climate control, navigation and settings.

More importantly, the cabin retains simple buttons and that make adjusting the systems simple and intuitive. In an era so many manufacturers are keen to on touch capacitive and touchscreen-only Lexus deserves an award for some restraint.

By and large, the is gimmick free, though the cluster does have one up its sleeve. When the driver between the various drive in the GS450h, the tachometer switches accordingly.

Pop the hood and you’ll an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 paired a water-cooled electric motor. The two can the GS independently or as a team with a system output of 338 horsepower. the direct-injected engine can crank out 286 hp at rpm and 254 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm … down the required fuel.

The 650-volt electric meanwhile, is good for a maximum of 200 hp. there’s a second 650-volt on board to handle duties from controlling engine and starting the gas engine as well as power for the 6.5 amp-hour nickel-metal batteries, but that motor spin the rear wheels or a role in the regenerative braking

Power from both the and the electric drive motor funneled to the back tires of an electronically controlled continuously transmission, and while that’s a recipe for driving …, the actually manages to keep the from raining on everyone’s Thanks to a little electronic the driver can choose between a of five drive modes, Snow, Eco, Normal, S and Sport S+. There’s technically an EV too, though given the short range under power, it’s more for up on unsuspecting friends in the grocery parking lot than saving

Eco mode smoothes out throttle mutes seat heating and climate control output in an to get the absolute best fuel possible. Technically, the Environmental Agency says the 2013 should be good for 29 miles per in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. We didn’t too much time in Eco mode, and saw 30 mpg in combined driving.

Let’s just take a to focus on that number. 30 mpg with our notoriously frisky foot in a vehicle that the scales at 4,190 pounds and can to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. like that can bring a to a grown man’s eye.

And not as if the GS is a straight-line pointer. True, Eco and drive modes offer up the of driving dynamics typically with Oldsmobiles of days by, but drop the car into Sport S and the big barge cleans up nicely. mapping and transmission logic a bit more energetic, and Sport S+ sharpens up the steering and suspension in ways that shouldn’t be

The transformation isn’t so much Dr. and Mr. Hyde as it is Betty White and Prime. This jam shouldn’t be

Sport S+ offers fairly steering, and paired with the excellent brakes, you get something on a sport sedan the size of a Kansas county. While accustomed to regenerative brakes are more binary than the GS450h slowed in a nice, and predictable manner every we kissed the pedal. Other would do well to replicate the

Of course, Lexus is plenty of what it has created here. The starts at $59,450, but our tester loaded with $11,040 in That put our final figure at including an $895 destination If that number’s not big enough for keep in mind a similar of cash will land you in like a Mercedes-Benz CLS, or a well-appointed, drop-… … A7. Those machines are more offer a better driving and a more attractive cabin.

are we don’t have to tell you our hardly earned dollar would go if we were we handing a stack of 70,000 of them, economy be damned.

Cool jets with the option however, and the 2013 Lexus is an impressive all-around package, to provide a nice slice of enjoyment while also excellent technology, attractive and plenty of room for everyone If this is the new face of Lexus and the of hybrid propulsion moving we like what we see.

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