Written by Tim Marsh
Are you looking for power along with luxury in you next new vehicle? Although not as sporty as other GS models, the new 450h from Lexus is the most powerful model in the GS family. In addition to power, this 4-door sedan offers smooth handling and a luxurious, comfortable interior. It’s also a hybrid vehicle, which means better fuel economy. If this sounds like the car for you or you need more information, read our in-depth Lexus GS450h review below.
Like last year, there are 3 different GS450h badges to choose from: Luxury, F Sport, and Sports Luxury. The F Sport adds sports suspension, sports pedals,
and a metallic finish on the door inserts, dashboard, and centre console, while the Sports Luxury has a woodgrain dash, console, door inserts, and steering wheel. Among other enhancements, It also upgrades the sound to a 17-speaker system.
Exterior and Styling
The shape of the 450h is very similar to last year’s model, with sharp lines around the bumper and especially on the hood and around the grill. Chrome surrounds the grill and is found on the exhaust tip as well. The 18″ wheels are alloy, and we really like what they do for the overall look of this sedan. There are 11 different exterior colours to choose from including Mercury Grey, Metallic Silk, and White Pearl.
Interior and Comfort
When looking at a typical 2014 Lexus GS450h review, you’ll find that it’s often quick to point out how comfortable the seats are, and we agree with that sentiment completely. The gear shift gate with its metallic finish as well as the leather trim on the seats and centre console adds to the luxury. Technology is added to the luxury with the GPS, built-in hard-disk drive, voice recognition, and steering wheel with multi-function buttons. The GS450 comes with a DVD player standard and can fit five people comfortably.
Under the Bonnet
The 450h’s 6-cylinder engine with constantly variable transmission generates 245 kw of power, which is quite a lot considering it’s a hybrid engine. Along with plenty of power, this sedan provides great fuel economy at 6.3 L per 100 km.
On the Road
You will be hard-pressed to find a car that has a smoother, quieter ride than the GS450. Although not a sporty car, we’re impressed by the acceleration off the line (0-100 km in 5.9 seconds). Active ride suspension makes the car lean into corners, and behind the steering wheel, gear-shift paddles make for a more engaging riding experience.
With its anti-lock brakes and 7 airbags, a blind-spot sensor, and a rear-view camera, this sedan is one of the safest cars on the road.
Value for Money
The Lexus GS450 price tag starts at around $100,000. Starting at $99,900, the Luxury badge is the cheapest of the three. The Sports Luxury badge is the most expensive at $121,900, and the F Sport is in between at a starting price of $111,900.
The closest competitor to the Lexus GS450h is the BMW 5 series, specifically the 530d and 535i. The 530d has a 6-cylinder diesel engine that consumes slightly less fuel but has less power, while The 535i is slightly more powerful and slightly faster, but consumes 7.9 L of fuel per 100 km. As far as exterior and styling, the 450h is a little bulkier than the 5 series but has a more round contour as well as some sharper lines.
If power is one of the things you’re looking for in addition to the smooth ride and plush interior Lexus is known for (and you don’t mind the $100,000 2014 Lexus GS450h price tag), we think you’ll enjoy this great-looking sedan.
About Tim Marsh:
Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.
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