Review 2013 Lexus GS 450h San Jose Mercury News

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Review: 2013 Lexus GS

The 2013 Lexus GS 450h the best of two worlds — gasoline-electric hybrid fuel when you’re not in a rush, and acceleration when you are.

The revamped-for-2013 GS 450h mid-size also has an aggressive, sporty look and retains the rear-wheel configuration that many car aficionados prefer.

In fact, people don’t realize the GS is a hybrid unless they see the badges on the car’s exterior.

handling, styling and quiet are all noteworthy in this middle-of-the-Lexus-line that slots between the Lexus LS and entry ES sedans.

The GS hybrid is the first car to combine drive/front-engine layout with an Atkinson cycle V-6.

can even get a distinctive bamboo-covered wheel and interior trim on the GS in a nod to environmental concerns about renewable resources.

The Lexus GS is a recommended buy of Consumer magazine, which finds its above average.

The GS 450h is the top of the GS line in both horsepower and Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $60,360 for the 338-horsepower GS hybrid; does not include navigation trunk cargo net or front seat memory.

By comparison, the 2013 GS 350, which is solely by a 306-horspower V-6, has a retail price of $48,150.

to the GS hybrid are the major luxury with hybrid powertrains. For the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E400h is a mid-size sedan with gasoline-electric hybrid power. MSRP, including destination is $57,625.

Infiniti’s 2013 hybrid starts at $55,655 and has a V-6 mated to an onboard electric system.

None of these hybrids is a plug-in. Rather, generate electricity while and it is stored in the onboard battery In the GS 450h, the battery pack is the nickel metal-hydride.

Battery packs in the M35h and are the newer lithium ion.

The GS is tops among luxury hybrid sedans in fuel according to the U.S. government. It is at 29 miles per gallon in city and 34 mpg on the highway.

These numbers, are a 35 percent increase from the GS hybrid, are not far-fetched. The test with uplevel 18-inch easily averaged 28.4 mpg in that was mostly in the city and constant use of air conditioning.

This into a single-tank range of 500 miles.

All the driver did to achieve the was activate eco mode, which throttle mapping and made adjustments to conserve fuel. It is one of selectable modes on the car.

The Infiniti M35h fuel rating by the government is 27/32 and the Mercedes E400h is rated at mpg.

The most memorable of driving the GS 450h is how quiet the is — conversations can be held in hushed tones inside and how smoothly power comes on.

all transitions among engine, the two motors and the battery pack seamless in the tester. Indeed, if a didn’t notice the word in green in the instrument cluster pushing the start button, the of engine sound and engine could make it seem as if the GS hadn’t turned on.

In eco mode, came on gradually and steadily. But in mode, throttle response was and engine sounds were

In just 5.6 seconds, according to the GS hybrid can go from 0 to 60 miles per

The V-6 is 3.5 liters, which is the same as the engines in the E400h and M35h. But the GS has an Atkinson cycle V-6, is designed for fuel efficiency, and mated to a fuel-conserving continuously transmission (CVT) that and acts mostly like a automatic.

In the test GS 450h, did not hear engine droning, as sometimes do in other hybrids have CVTs, until the demanded hard acceleration.

The GS 450h received a major from its predecessor. There’s a new platform with a wider which helps provide a driving experience. Lexus makes greater use of high-strength in the 2013 GS, which allowed a body and new suspension design.

The GS 450h surprised with its of body roll on long curves taken at high Steering response was good, in sport-plus mode. Impressively, at track crossings, the test GS kept most bumps from passengers.

There was no noticeable wind

On 90-plus-degree days, the GS 450h’s front seats worked and quickly.

Rear seat were long and gave thigh support. Three in back, however, sit closely, and passengers sit by thick rear pillars. Rear legroom of inches and rear headroom of inches are acceptable but not expansive.

The trunk is nicely finished and has space than expected: cubic feet.

2013 GS 450h



Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, luxury, gasoline-electric hybrid, sedan.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter, cam V-6 with VVT-i mated to a system and nickel-metal hydride pack.

MILEAGE: 29 mpg (city), 34 mpg

TOP SPEED: 131 mph.

LENGTH: inches.

OPTIONS: Luxury with heated rear (includes three-zone, automatic control, 18-inch, alloy bi-light-emitting-diode headlamps with front lighting, 18-way, front seats, rear-door sunshades, heated wood wheel and outboard rear pre-collision system with attention monitor) $9,760; trunk mat $105; cargo net



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