I drove a 2013 450h today and loved it. Pohanka has two 2013 450h's (A Nebula Grey and an Obsidian) on the lot now and 6 or 8 350's. The 450h I drove still had its shipping film on the hood and roof and door edges.
The steering wheel and Enform 2.0 / navigation interface update definitely rock from the driver's point of view. On the outside the new horizontal slat grill, LED DRLs and new tail lights are all improvements to my eye.
I'm looking at a special order and deciding on color and options.
I did have a look at the Claret Mica "red" color (on a GX) and am definitely NOT loving that color. It's, as the name suggests, much more like a dark red wine and nowhere near the more pure red of the 2012 and earlier Matador Red Mica. Right now I'm loving Stargazer Black the most. It has a bit more pop than the Obsidian.
Re packages, I was leaning towards Luxury but not sure it it worth the $3400 MSRP over the Premium package for the addition of:
- heated steering wheel,
- power front seat cushion extenders,
- semi-aniline leather,
- illuminated door sills,
- headlamp washer,
- 19" wheels, and
- smog-sensing automatic climate control recirculation.
The dealer was unclear as to whether the luxury package includes the LED headlights. The lexus.com pricing page
says no but the brochure
(page 70) says yes. The pricing would seem to indicate yes.
I can see myself just ordering the door sills separately (just because I think they're cool). I do like the look of the 19 x 7.5" split-5-spoke alloy wheels with Superchrome finish but am not sure about 19" vs. 18" tires as I tend to prefer the softer ride attributed to 18" . Still even if I wanted the 19" wheels they are available for $770 MSRP. But then if Luxury does indeed include the LED headlights I might just dive into the deep end with that.
Updated with pics (note 2nd pic is a GX but included to show the Claret Mica color).