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The high class muscle

If it s true that the engine is the of a performance car, then we this stout Lexus powertrain the soul of the GS 450h sedan. This package better than 340HP for amounts of giddy-up and thrills and all at once brings it on with fuel mileage. Base: as tested: $61,250.

EPA estimates: 22 highway/23 combined (9.4/10.6/9.8 Warranty: 48 month/50,000-mile basic, 72 powertrain, 8 years/100,000-mile hybrid

Initial Impression

Christine: An eye from my first glance. The low sport style was the look I in a car from the cat-like stance to the leather wraparound seats, it looked like our next s drive was gonna be a good Now to check out how the hybrid package on the road.

Scott: Lexus has a way of lots of snarl and attention-grabbing into their sports and that ability shows up in in the GS 450h. I really couldn t myself this car got under my nearly instantly as she sat in the driveway. A inside at the gated sport really got my trigger finger

But of course my job is to stay objective so I down my school boy love-at-first-sight-giddiness and to put the high-winding engine and big electric motor to the test.


Independently controlled front seating.

Adrian Gable

For the year running, the GS 450h the only hybrid performance in its size and segment. The Lexus To meld together performance, and that ever-important eco-friendly reputation and V-8 performance from a

The 450h continues what calls its L-finesse design it s all long and low. a long with a shorter rear laid out over a 112-inch base.

And on the interior. it’s nothing but appointments. It was a treat to slide the supple perforated leather that are independently heated, and power adjustable. The outstanding and rear seating in this car your pump for a little

When we buckled in we could feel the ahhh escape our How d they do it from the deep-set cluster to the real wood surrounding the performance shifter. it s the mix of seat-of-the-pants sports car and ohh-la-la car.

Ride, handling, engine power choices re all just a flip of a switch to match your driving Cruisin in the town or city, her in gentle normal mode. Got a for performance, flip her to sport to up all four air-adjustable shocks.

t stop there either: to power mode to make rear wheels really into the pavement. And yes indeedy, s nothing like the dog-with-a-bone of rear-wheel drive when it to channeling torque and power to the


For those who love to gears, the Lexus sport-shift is the next best thing. saw through all 6 speeds one-by-one to advantage of the hybrid drivetrain s torque at each ratio; it s just as fun to ratchet down using sequential torque that both slows the car and a little extra juice braking ) back to the battery.

The package helps this V-6 perform like a 5-liter The big boost in power that it all possible is a 147 kW electric drive that feeds from the metal-hydride battery parked the rear seat. We like how has designed their hybrid

They actually use two motors call them motor-generators)—the powerhouse that drives the and a secondary one that acts as a generator for recharging the hybrid as well as moderating engine and starting the engine when it out of engine-off mode (ie. cruising when the electric motor completely powers the

Though we blather on, it s not all performance the has an economical side too. lightly while giving the motor ample opportunity to be the power source, this car can return fuel mileage in the 20 s. We actually averaged 27.8 mpg our week long test and that even included wild throttle-stabbing episodes.

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car is so much fun that it really is to behave use all that horsepower any regularity and your mileage is suffer.

When it s all said

Even with all the giddy-up this hybrid drive package can put out, we were able to pull in the illustrated 32 mpg hypermiling during our test week.

Adrian Gable

horsepower and pretty decent economy, the GS 450h practically it all. We ve piled on accolades, but of it s not perfect. For a car this large and we were disappointed in the tiny feet of stowage space. mini-trunk, but if you re looking for cargo this car s not gonna be on your anyway.

That s where the Toyota Hybrid would fit the bill.

Of there are hybrids that are more fuel efficient, but car fills a niche for a luxury sedan buyer with an The GS 450h sits at a price where payback periods and value comparisons are of secondary It s a way to have the performance of a true sedan with a little self-conscious guilt by reducing emissions and delivering a little fuel economy for the same of luxury and fun.

And yes, the is a bit like having your and eating it too.

A comparably and performing GS 350 has a price tag of $47,805. At the 450h has just a few more not available on the 350. So does $7,995 price premium for the seem equitable?

Probably not. According to annual fuel savings in at $119 in fuel over miles surprising and disappointing for a So if you re looking for a reasonable payback it s not in the cards but if you have to crunch then this is not the car for you anyway.

At level in the car buying game, it s about prestige and luxury economy and ecology.

Lexus GS Electric Cars
Lexus GS Electric Cars
Lexus GS Electric Cars
Lexus GS Electric Cars
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