Hybrids have been on the market for a while now and continue to show improvement in terms of design and performance. The 2013 Lexus GS450H joins the ranks of these ever-improving cars. Offered as the hybrid version of the GS350, this sedan provides all of the comfort and performance of its traditional sibling with the fuel economy of less stylish and performance driven hybrids. While not everyone will appreciate the redesigned exterior, many are sure to be drawn to the assertive, new design and improved interior space. Overall, the GS450H has plenty to offer the luxury sedan crowd looking to save some money at the fuel pump.
New For 2013
For the 2013 model year, the Lexus GS450H has been completely remodeled. Some of the most notable changes include:
- Dramatic exterior redesign
- Roomier, more refined interior
Part of the complete remodel of the Lexus GS450H has to do with its looks. The front end and grille have been changed completely. The result is a rather fierce look that is sure to draw both good and negative attention. Whether you like the look or not, the ""chin"" of the car is a bit fussy and doesn’t really add much to the overall design. The rest of the car is a little out of step with the front end design as well. This year’s GS450H stands up more than in years past. Most Lexus fans are more familiar with the car’s lower stance and slung back look. For the most part, the newly minted design might grow on people, and Lexus made it a point to offer this single trim level sedan with plenty of detail and features to enjoy.
Interior & Cargo
As part of the complete remodel for the Lexus GS450H, the cabin has been changed in several important ways. One of the common complaints of the older models was the lack of cabin space, especially for taller drivers and passengers. Lexus fixed the problem with lower sitting front seats that retain their supportive and comfortable feel. In addition to comfortable seating, Lexus adds plenty of refined accents, such as wood, leather, and metallic materials. The dash is easy to use and well-laid-out, but some test drivers initially had problems with the somewhat distracting multimedia controller. Of course, cargo space is an important consideration as well. The GS450H falls a little short in this area when compared to other midsize sedans, but when put up against other hybrids, it is comparable. This sedan offers 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2013 Lexus GS450H comes with plenty of standard safety features. You can expect to find anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, rear side airbags, and front knee airbags. Also standard are an emergency assist feature, stolen vehicle location services, and automatic collision notification.
This wouldn’t be a Lexus without options. In addition to standard safety features, the GS450H can also be equipped a rearview camera, lane departure warning system, night vision system, and cruise control with an active pre-collision system in place. This works by activating the brake assist feature and pre-tensioning the seatbelts. All in all, this sedan has been designed with plenty of safety and security in mind.
Especially when it comes to a hybrid, the question is how well the car runs and what the powertrain is like. The 2013 Lexus GS4560H does well in this category. It is equipped with a 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 combined with two electric motors. This system provides an impressive 338 hp and is paired with a uniquely designed continuously variable automatic system (CVT). The fuel economy is 29/34 mpg city/highway and certainly is a step up from traditional sedans. Advances made to the technology are apparent in the performance while maintaining its impressive fuel economy.
Sitting behind the wheel of the 2013 Lexus GS450H is definitely a new experience. The driver and passenger are sure to notice the silence and serenity of the cabin. This sedan is as smooth as they come. The surprise lays in the efficient powertrain. If so desired, the GS450H offers plenty of acceleration power and lots of control.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lexus GS450H
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- BMW 5-Series
- Audi A6