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 flanked by lenses and rhombus-like headlights geometric overkill on an otherwise canvas. Sadly, the GS tall kills an otherwise sporting everything south of the beltline obese and clumsy. Fortunately, 18 hoops with chrome help avert your from the plump yet stunted with its B-movie bug-eyed

Clearly, the L-Finesse GS needs Giugiaro’s loving hands.

In the GS’ interior is a symphony of leather, ebony wood and LED accents. The cockpit’s squidgy and tastefully arranged switchgear the automotive equivalent of a relaxing in an edgeless pool. In Audi and sybaritic showdown, the Japanese is gradually pulling ahead. For while the A8 serves-up an exquisite and console combo, Lexus design motif delivers a layered, multi-dimensional gestalt.

dash may seem like it was from a single piece of but Lexus’ seems lovingly from the same stone.

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 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 in the juice and the CVT pushes the engine to redline, catapulting the GS down the

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Now, throw a corner at the GS and understand why Lexus won’t let you the electronic Nanny the afternoon Everything s peachy at 70% effort. The delightfully firm steering, chassis and buttoned-down suspension let you run the through the twisties like an Bimmer.


Push harder and the subsystems start to fight for 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 charged as they are regenerating power as well as momentum 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 tires take of the blame, transmitting every imperfection directly to one s posterior. Top it off a Porsche-sized cargo hole and the GS s synergies seem less entirely appealing.

Forget the GS450h’s poor ride/handling (if possible) and consider the model’s competition: the superb V8-powered Lexus’ gas-only model a perfectly linear powerband, a autobox, 400lbs less in better handling and a bigger The penalty: three to five less travel per gallon of gas and no saving feel-good factor. the childhood genius who struck it the GS450h proves that can be deceiving.

Whether you’re a hybrid or a Geek, developing genuine is a bitch.

[Lexus provided the reviewed, insurance, taxes and a of gas.]

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