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Lexus GS 450 Hybrid: Expect Greatness



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Step lightly on the accelerator and this hybrid responds immediately. Tramp down on it and be ready for a power surge from this classy midsize luxury sedan.

Say hello to the 2014 Lexus 450h, which gobbles up the pavement in rapid style, going from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a time that is impressive for any vehicle, much less a hybrid.

Powered by a 3.5-liter, V6 engine, the rear-wheel drive 450h puts out 338 horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque. The driver can choose his method of traveling, thanks to a conveniently located Drive Mode selector that offers Eco, Sport S, Sport S+ and EV modes.

The 450h is a hybrid, so naturally gas mileage is a major consideration. The numbers run pretty high for a V6 engine with this type of acceleration and are a big improvement from the previous incarnation of the 450h, which took a year off when no 2012 model was produced.

2014 Lexus GS 450h

  • Performance: 3.5-liter, V6, 338 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 29-34 mpg
  • Approximate price: $60,430
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; drivetrain 6 years/70,000 miles; corrosion 6 years/unlimited; roadside assistance 4 years/unlimited

Lexus says the GS 450h, which was redesigned in 2013, gets an average of 31 mpg, while the 2011 edition got 23 mpg. That's a nice job in increasing productivity, which now ranges from 29-34 mpg.

The GS 450h is very eye-appealing. If you like the grille of the Lexus CT hatchback and the LX sport utility vehicle, then there will be no problem with the copy-cat 450h.

Variety does not exist with the 450h, which is offered in just one model and goes for $60,430. The 450h is hybrid version of the Lexus GS 350 sedan

As with any Lexus, the standard features in the 450h are plentiful and safety is at a premium. The inclusion of the Lexus Safety Connect system (emergency assist button, automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location service) is tough to match for any rival.

The interior is finely crafted (leather and rich wood) and provides considerable comfort for both front and back seat passengers. The 450h features plenty of gadgetry for techie types who love trying to master the various components. However, not everyone will be a fan of the joystick controller that can be frustrating to accurately control.

The 450h is a luxury sedan and doesn't disappoint with its driving capability. The steering is very responsive and the vehicle corners well and will hug the road when necessary. The 450h also delivers a tranquil, quiet ride. 

There are many reasons to consider buying the Lexus GS 450h. It possesses classic good looks, great performance, a sporty ride, good gas mileage, and is reasonably priced for a luxury sedan.





Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.



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