Review 2014 Lexus GS 450h The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2014 Lexus GS

Last time TTAC at the Lexus GS Hybrid, Jack and I upon Vegas, drank too shared too much and one of us got purse-slapped (it t Jack). In other news, found the GS a willing partner on the I kept drawing comparisons to the S80 T6 and Hyundai Genesis, and both of us the GS 450h would be the car we d buy. telling you all that we would a full review in a few months, it has in been a few years. Since pair of articles hit, the hybrid landscape has changed

The GS used to be the only hybrid in town, but times have and nearly everyone has joined the BMW has their turbocharged ActiveHybrid 5, just launched the E400 Infiniti has re-badged their M the Q70 Hybrid, Acura is finally the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and Audi has the A6 hybrid will come to soon . This means the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my list, we have head-to-head competition

Lexus used to be known for styling but the current generation GS a change for the Japanese luxury In addition to taking on more front end styling, the GS was the first to wear the new spindle grille. The that seemed so controversial years ago seems downright today, especially since form has been adapted to the (and some say questionable) LX Perhaps because the GS was the first to the corporate grille, the styling slightly awkward from the 3/4 shot (seen at the top) but better in person. Unlike the IS, gets some sheetmetal on the side, the GS s profile and rump are car restrained.

Overall I think the Q70 hybrid, despite being a long in the tooth, still the beauty contest. The Lexus and BMW are a bit too for my tastes, and the RLX and A6 suffer from front-wheel-drive proportions when to the rest and the Mercedes lands in the middle.

The GS interior is dominated by a large and dashboard with a strong theme highlighting a large LCD. The interior arrangement is dramatic, but causes the cabin to a slightly oppressive feel in the shades our tester was cast in. other car makers are moving to leather dashed, Lexus content to blend stitched and injection molded parts The combination of textures and  bamboo (exclusive to the hybrid) the interior look Scandinavian.

The wood is more attractive in than pictures might and while I question the “renewable marketing on a large luxury like the hybrid drivetrain, I’m it will make shoppers special.

Base hybrid get very comfortable 10-way front seats, but most of the GS sedans I saw on the lot were equipped 18-way seats. The high-end sports the same types of as BMW s excellent sport seats an articulating back, inflating adjustable thigh support, lumbar and  “butterfly” Needless to say, if you have finding a comfortable seating you’re not human. This the GS hybrid at a distinct advantage in comfort over the Mercedes, and Infiniti models. Out back the GS s seats are spacious, comfortable and heated.

While the Lexus and fail to offer a folding seat, the Mercedes E400 has a generous cargo pass-through its optional 60/40 rear

Wide-screen infotainment systems are all the so Lexus dropped a 12.3-inch LCD in the The system ditches the intuitive interface Lexus used for the part of a decade for the Lexus (it’s officially called Remote Touch) but importantly t alter the software to adapt to the method. I hate it.

It occupies a deal of room on the center and it takes far more hand-eye-brain than a touchscreen. Every I am in a Lexus I find myself at the screen and fiddling with the control pad far more than I’m in a competitor’s luxury sedan. increased distraction hasn’t unnoticed by my better half who nags me about keeping my on the road. Want to enter an using the on-screen QWERTY

It’s obvious why Lexus let you do that in motion.

To soften the Lexus throws in the same device voice command as the other Lexus and premium products receive. The system is managed to figure out every I threw at and has a more natural voice than MyLincoln Helping counter the nagging LRT (see how that’s not my fault the available Mark Levinson system can drown out even the shrill mother-in-laws.

Perhaps that Lexus focuses on the of the luxury segment and not the one-percent . you find the same level of in the GS as some of the Euro competitors, in this top-end hybrid You won’t find night a full-leather dashboard, expensive knobs, massaging front or LCD instrument clusters. Instead, doubles down on perfect quiet cabins, a high of standard equipment and quantities of that would Lumber make blush.

While the GS 350 got an update in the form of a new Aisin automatic, the GS 450h continues just a minor software This means under the you will find the same 3.5L Atkinson-cycle V6 engine and RWD transmission that launched in Combined with a 1.9 kWh NiMH pack in the trunk the system is for 338 combined horsepower, 286 of which from the gasoline engine.

is essentially the same engine in the Highlander and RX hybrids, but the transmission is similar to what Lexus in the LS 600hL. The unit combines the two units with a 2-speed gearset to improve efficiency at speeds (as in on the Autobahn) but without the AWD standard in the LS 600hL. The 2014 update improves sportiness in mode and now imitates an 8-speed instead of a 6-speed.

While 338 compares well with the competition, the GS 450h has the unenviable of trying to be both the most GS and the performance version as well. For nobody knows, the more GS 300h which uses a four-cylinder engine is not sold in

By design, the Lexus hybrid is very different from the The two motor/generator units and the electrical combine with a single gearsest to act as a continuously variable This setup allows the to act as a serial hybrid (kind parallel hybrid, electric or a pure EV at low speeds. In contrast BMW and Infiniti combine a traditional with a single electric that replaces the torque

Transitions between electric and drive modes in these aren t as smooth as the Lexus because of the clutch packs in reconnecting the engine. Meanwhile combines a dual-clutch robotic transmission with a twin-motor in the rear for the only AWD hybrid sedan in this category.

GS pricing starts at  $60,430 is a considerable jump from the GS 350, but in true luxury car you may be disappointed with what buys you. Unlike BMW and which offer plenty of ala options, the GS hybrid comes in feature levels.  Base don t get navigation or snazzy LED headlamps.

If you those toys plus the front seats, semi-aniline steering headlamps, heated wheel, 3-zone climate black and white heads up blind spot monitoring and a mat, be prepared to lay down A fully loaded $76,726 gets the buyer heated seats, headlamp washers, a intensity heater (an electric that will heat the faster in cold weather), a de-icer, water-repellent glass, cruise control with warning, lane keeping remote engine starter, breakage sensor and a rear

76 large may sound like an buy, but the ActiveHybrid 5 takes the with a starting price of and a fully loaded price of Acura has been cagey RLX hybrid pricing but their at the launch indicated they on following Lexus s pricing quite closely. Meanwhile, the Mercedes hybrid delivered an unexpected proposition with a low $56,700 price and when fully with features not available on the GS it to still be slightly cheaper at The Infiniti hybrid hasn t its value proposition despite the change and the Q70 s $55,550-$67,605 is the lowest in the

Audi hasn t announced A6 pricing but I expect it to slot in the E400.

To put things in the right I have to go back to the GS hybrid s mission. Since Lexus to kill off the V8 GS sedan in this Lexus doesn t have a answer to the BMW 550i, Mercedes Audi S6, or even the Infiniti Q70 5.6 known as the M56). This the GS 450h has a secondary mission as the GS trim while the other (except for the RLX) are middle-tier and this puts the GS in an odd bind. tells us that the reason the GS a V8 is that only 5% of the Germans are with one.

While may be true in Europe, it certainly t seem to be the case in California.

The mission is most obvious it comes to the performance numbers. having more power the GS 350, the GS 450h is slower to 60 its gasoline-only stable mate and slower than the BMW, and even the Acura with the the Mercedes being slower to speed. Still, 0-60 in is hardly slow and the GS performs the with the silence and serenity you from a luxury sedan. Lexus describes the transmission as an this isn t a belt/pulley CVT like you in economy cars.

As a result, it more civilized and less I found the CVT manners throughly for a luxury car and the smooth acceleration a brand built on smooth Unlike a real CVT, the eight imitation speeds is and easy with fast from one gear to another. this does little for the GS s sport credentials and in no way helps it with the V8s from the German

Although the GS gives up plenty in the it really shines in the bends. The GS s is well sorted and nearly balanced. All GS hybrid models get a adaptive suspension system several levels of damping, but the air suspension in the Lexus LS, the GS s adaptive is based on electronically controlled much like the BMW system.

This eliminates the disconnected and feeling you get with air suspensions on full-size luxo-barges. When in the corners the GS quite simply better than the BMW. I said it. Today s 5-series has a luxurious mission in mind, so the it gives up to the GS shouldn t surprise

The Mercedes and Infiniti feel accurate, although heavy, and the and RLX are a mixed bag. Unless works some unexpected the A6 hybrid will remain nose-heavy. The Acura RLX, it has a similar weight distribution as the Audi, has a slick torque AWD system in the back.

Not only can the RLX vector in power-on situations a electronically controlled conventional axle, but it can torque vector in and power off situations as well. the RLX feels by far the most artificial in the on winding mountain roads, it is one of the handling sedans and at the moment the AWD hybrid in this category.

Of the primary reason for buying a is to save on gas. Right?

With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway and 31 MPG rating there s no doubt the GS 450h is a fuel sipping 338 luxury sedan. However at than $10,000 more than a similarly equipped GS 350 it take you more than 20 to save money. We did average an 31.5 MPG over 800 miles the GS hybrid, a notable improvement the Infiniti hybrid and the short I spent in the RLX hybrid. Although we t extensively tested the BMW and Mercedes yet, brief spins in indicate they will in under the GS.

There s one more for the GS: Mercedes new E250 diesel. No, it s not a daemon, but at 34 mpg combined it not only up for the higher cost of diesel the higher fuel economy, it around $9,000 less a GS 450h as well.

The GS 450h is without a doubt the Lexus GS sedan available. It up little in terms of performance delivering excellent fuel a quiet and comfortable cabin and of the gadgets and gizmos a luxury could buy. Trouble is, the Lexus dealer is the only in town, nearly every alternative in this segment has a of reasons to buy it over the GS.

The RLX has a trendy AWD despite the discount brand the Q70 s brand image isn t quite as but it s thousands less, the Mercedes the sweet spot in the middle as value (how s that for a and the BMW offers the best performance and the list of options if you can afford it. As the top end for the GS line the 450h also has coming in just about as as the competition s V8 offerings but offering no performance than the GS 350. The problem for the GS however is the price.

If the GS was $5,000-$7,000 less expensive,  would be an easy win. As it is, the GS to be the car I liked the most in this but the one I d be least likely to buy.

provided the vehicle, insurance and one of gas for this review

Specifications as

0-30 . 2.88 Seconds

6.01 Seconds

1/4 Mile: Seconds @ 104 MPH

Average observed economy: 31.5 MPH over 800

Cabin noise at 50 MPH: 68 dB


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