2013 Lexus GS 450h review
By Ian Lynas, 10th February 2013
At first glance, you would most likely put the Lexus GS 450h into the luxury category and you would be partially right. However, there is another side to this car and that is handling and performance, yet as the little 'h' in its name denotes 'hybrid'.
There is little doubt when it comes to hybrids, that Toyota/Lexus leads the way and a good example of this is the Prius - it's a major seller right around the world.
On a visit to Stockholm I discovered that one in ten cars used as taxis was a Prius and across the Atlantic and in particular in California, the Prius is the choice of movie stars.
"Effortless" best describes the manner in which the new Lexus GS 450h drives; a perception of luxury which few cars possess, despite many claims. From the moment you get into the car, you will experience comfort. There are both heated and ventilated options in the 18-way adjustable front seats.
These seats are upholstered in semi-aniline leather and the passenger seat offers extra leg support and a rear easy access function.
The sophisticated climate control system is divided three ways between the front left and right and rear sections of the cabin and is equipped with an ioniser to help maintain an ideal environment.
The GS 450h is no slouch when it comes to performance: acceleration is swift, indeed you can be easily caught out, so it is best to keep a close on the speedometer.
Amongst the array of features, the are Bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime lights, dusk sensing headlights, rain sensing wipers and cruise control.
F Sport models are equipped with sports styling and cabin features, plus LexusDynamic Handling system and the GS 450h Premier is equipped with Mark Levinson premium audio.
On one occasion I met an aent from Mark Levinson and I asked about a domestic system - he gave me some prices and I have to admit that my reaction was one of shock - way beyond my budget.
The HDD navigation system, linked to 12.3 inch central display is the largest screen currently available on the market.
Safety is important and in this area Lexus excels, advanced safety features include new blind spot detection system (standard on Luxury grade) and automatic headlamp beam operation (stand on F Sport and Premier).
The range-topper is fitted with 18-spoke 18 inch alloy wheels, 19 inch on the F Sport, and the same bi-xenon headlamp system as the F Sport models. The F Sport‘s adaptive suspension and selectable drive modes are also part of the Premier‘s specification.
The sophisticated climate control system is divided three-ways between the front left and right and rear sections of the cabin, and is equipped with an ioniser to help maintain an ideal environment.
The F Sport‘s adaptive suspension and selectable drive modes are also part of the Premier‘s specification.
Over the years, I have tested many cars from a variety of makers and this offering from Lexus comes very close to being the perfect car.
Performance and figures:
0 to 62mph in under six seconds with a limited top speed of 155mph. A CO2 rating of 186g/km and the possibility of obtaining 35mpg plus from a gallon.