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Old 06-11-14, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Club Lexus Reviews: The 2014 Lexus GS450h

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"After tooling around in the Lexus GS450h for a week, I've come to a conclusion: Hybrids, on the whole, don't suck. Slow hybrids? Those suck.

Lexus have been the lords of high MPG luxury for as long as that's been a thing, but they're also the leading champs when it comes to building fast hybrids. Porsche and Ferrari and the like are boasting loudly about their hybrid supercars now, but Lexus has been building the GS450h for years. This latest iteration is their most efficient yet.

The GS 450h is like the golidlocks of the Lexus range. On the one hand, you have the option of the IS 350 F Sport: a capable car with handling and acceleration that belies it's size. On the other, is the ES: a cushy alternative for the miles per gallon minded. Neither one really compromises in their pursuit of sport and comfort... I can't say the same thing about the GS450h. It is a car built around compromise.

Actually, that's probably the wrong word. The right one is cooperation."

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Old 06-11-14, 06:47 PM   #2
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A GSh is nice and all but a loaded one will be $72,000+. At that price range id buy a LS460 fsport for another $8000.
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Old 06-11-14, 07:05 PM   #3
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Yep, it is pricey. But as the reviewer said, it may be worth it. I certainly love mine, which is my second GSh. Got the '13 after owning a '10. No complaints. Smooth, powerful, and luxurious. But it is definitely not an LS! And for some, that 8K leap up is a huge leap.
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The GSh is a car you need to take on an extended test drive to appreciate. I was able to borrow one from the Lexus Westerm region over a long weekend in February, and it sold me. I bought my '14 GSh in Nebula Gray Pearl/Black in May. The hybrid system is impressive. The driving dynamics in S+ mode are engaging. The black interior with bamboo is beautiful. The car loses a few points due to the nav / telematics. Complicated and poorly integrated. Just not what you'd expect from a car that is otherwise so well engineered. I almost waited for a '15 to get the next generation system with the touch pad instead of the mouse, but I wanted the luxury package and it won't be offered on the GSh in '15.
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A GSh is nice and all but a loaded one will be $72,000+. At that price range id buy a LS460 fsport for another $8000.
USA get aggressive pricing but other markets dont. The GS450h F Sport here is £52k and an LS460 F Sport is £72k so obviously most people will go for the GS!

Its a shame you dont get the GS450h F Sport. Its a hell of a beast!
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The GSh is a car you need to take on an extended test drive to appreciate. I was able to borrow one from the Lexus Westerm region over a long weekend in February, and it sold me. I bought my '14 GSh in Nebula Gray Pearl/Black in May. The hybrid system is impressive. The driving dynamics in S+ mode are engaging. The black interior with bamboo is beautiful. The car loses a few points due to the nav / telematics. Complicated and poorly integrated. Just not what you'd expect from a car that is otherwise so well engineered. I almost waited for a '15 to get the next generation system with the touch pad instead of the mouse, but I wanted the luxury package and it won't be offered on the GSh in '15.
Nice assessment and absolutely the best color combo!
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The GS 450h is not at all about compromise. It's about having your cake and eating it too for 72k. Shame
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Can't stand the wheels nor the bamboo interior. I would also "splurge" for the LS460 if those were my only two options.
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GSh F-Sport will be offered in the US for MY15, replacing the Luxury package(s). Seems like Lexus product planners are re-positioning the car a bit.
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Wonder if they will tweak the engine and hybrid system to release more hp/torque for the 2015 F-Sport.
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Wonder if they will tweak the engine and hybrid system to release more hp/torque for the 2015 F-Sport.
Unlikely its got 340hp as it is!
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We'll know more in about a month. I'm hearing dealer orders in July for September delivery.
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while not a GS, I drove an ES hybrid loaner car and was very impressed by the powertrain. very responsive, ultra comfy & quiet plus 47 mpg in eco mode during a 60 mile trip is hard to beat!
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Perhaps off topic: I'm looking at a "new" 2013 GS 450h. (An incredible and unique car for a number of reasons--by far my favorite GS.) With the 2015's just around the corner, shouldn't a 2013 be priced like a used car?
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This is a great car and I love mine. Look on Autotrader, there are some for sale there including some with the lux package . They are asking MSRP in the ad but you should get a great price. Look to see the milage to see if it was a dealer demo. Check car fax to see if titled by dealer. I got mine for 11K off MSRP 6 months ago so you should be able to get a much better deal.
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